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United States where they and their descendants have contributed greatly to the fabric of American life;

Whereas Syria has dominated Lebanese politics and political

leaders, resulting in a deterioration of Lebanon's human rights situation, the engineering of Lebanese election results to Syria's liking, and the imposition of curbs on Lebanon's media, once the freest in the Arab world;

Whereas Syria has publicly withdrawn its military forces

from Lebanon, leaving behind a pro-Syrian intelligence structure within the Lebanese intelligence agencies;

Whereas Congress conditioned the lifting of sanctions on Da

mascus in the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (Public Law 108–175) upon the Government of Syria ending its occupation of Lebanon, including the complete withdrawal of intelligence and all other security-related personnel in Lebanon, and upon other factors;

Whereas the international community has reaffirmed its call

for the strict respect of Lebanon's sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon through the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 (2004);

Whereas there remains unresolved and as a matter of na

tional and world concern the assassination of Rafiq alHariri, former Lebanese prime minister, which has justly been condemned as a terrorist act;

Whereas the international community has begun investiga

tions into the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri and it is the policy of the United States to urge full compliance with the investigations;

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Whereas the international community is considering further

action to promote Lebanese sovereignty;

Whereas the emancipation of political prisoners and detainees

held in Syrian and Lebanese prisons is a requirement to a national reconciliation and rebuilding of Lebanon's democratic institutions; and

Whereas general elections in Lebanon are scheduled to begin

on May 29, 2005: Now, therefore, be it

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Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Rep

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(3) Lebanon should hold free, fair, and trans

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parent elections to begin on May 29, 2005, in ac

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cordance with all international standards and agree

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ments;

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(4) the United States should aid the people of

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Lebanon in their efforts to restore the separation of

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powers, the rule of law, and the proper respect for

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fundamental freedoms of every citizen; and

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(5) it should be the policy of the United States

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(C) call for the immediate release of all political prisoners and detainees held in Lebanese

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H.L.C.

(Original Signature of Member)

109TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. RES.

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding manifesta

tions of anti-Semitism by United Nations member states and urging action against anti-Semitism by United Nations officials, United Nations member states, and the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN submitted the following resolution; which was referred to

the Committee on

RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regard

ing manifestations of anti-Semitism by United Nations member states and urging action against anti-Semitism by United Nations officials, United Nations member states, and the Government of the United States, and

for other purposes.

Whereas the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human

Rights recognizes that “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human fam

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ily is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”;

Whereas United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379

(1975) concluded that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” and the General Assembly, by a vote of 111 to 25, only revoked Resolution 3379 in 1991 in response to strong leadership by the United States and after Israel made its participation in the Madrid Peace

Conference conditional upon repeal of the resolution; Whereas during the 1991 session of the United Nations Com

mission on Human Rights, the Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations repeated the outrageous “blood libel” that Jews allegedly have killed non-Jewish children to make unleavened bread for Passover and, despite repeated interventions by the Governments of Israel and the United States, this outrageous lie was not corrected in the record of the Commission for many months;

Whereas in March 1997, the Palestinian observer at the

United Nations Commission on Human Rights made the contemptible charge that the Government of Israel had injected 300 Palestinian children with HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus, the pathogen that causes AIDS) despite the fact that an Egyptian newspaper had printed a full retraction to its earlier report of the same charges, and the President of the Commission failed to challenge this baseless and false accusation despite the request of

the Government of Israel that he do so; Whereas Israel was denied membership in any regional

grouping of the United Nations until the year 2000, which prevented it from being a candidate for any elected positions within the United Nations system until that time, and Israel continues to be denied the opportunity

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