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to hold a rotating seat on the Security Council and it is the only member of the United Nations never to have served on the Security Council although it has been a member of the organization for 56 years;

Whereas Israel continues to be denied the opportunity to

serve as a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights because it has never been included in a slate of candidates submitted by a regional grouping, and Israel is currently the only member of the Western and Others Group in a conditional status limiting its ability to caucus with its fellow members of this regional grouping;

Whereas the United Nations has permitted itself to be used

as a battleground for political warfare against Israel led by Arab states and others, and 6 of the 10 emergency sessions of the United Nations General Assembly have been devoted to criticisms of and attacks against Israel;

Whereas the goals of the 2001 United Nations World Con

ference Against Racism were undermined by hateful antiJewish rhetoric and anti-Israel political agendas, prompting both Israel and the United States to withdraw their

delegations from the Conference; Whereas in 2004, the United Nations Secretary General ac

knowledged at the first United Nations-sponsored conference on anti-Semitism, that: “It is clear that we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of this phenomenon in new forms and manifestations. This time, the world must

not—cannot—be silent.”; Whereas in 2004, the United Nations General Assembly's

Third Committee for the first time adopted a resolution on religious tolerance that includes condemnation of anti

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Semitism and “recognized with deep concern the overall rise in instances of intolerance and violence directed against members of many religious communities . . . including . . . anti-Semitism ...";

Whereas in 2005, the United Nations held an unprecedented

session to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the lib

eration of the Auschwitz concentration camp; Whereas democratic Israel is annually the object of nearly

two dozen redundantly critical resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly, which rarely adopts resolutions relating to specific countries; and

Whereas the viciousness with which Israel is attacked and

discriminated against at the United Nations should not be allowed to continue unchallenged: Now, therefore, be it

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(B) calls on the United Nations to offi

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throughout the world as part of an effort to combat the rise in anti-Semitism and racial, re

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ligious, and ethnic intolerance; and

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(2) it is the sense of the House of Representa

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Nations to continue working toward further reduction of anti-Semitic language and anti-Israel

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109TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. CON. RES. 153

Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on

the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 16, 2005
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. LANTOS, Mr.

FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. PENCE, Mr.
MCCOTTER, and Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida) submitted the fol-
lowing concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on
International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of

Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United
States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong
and enduring strategic partnership between the United
States and Afghanistan.

Whereas Afghanistan, a great nation located at the cross

roads of many civilizations, has suffered the ravages of

war, foreign intervention, occupation, and oppression; Whereas the Afghan people courageously resisted the decade

long occupation of their country by the former Soviet

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