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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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(1) Syria should complete its withdrawal of all

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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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(A) support free and fair elections in Leb

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(C) call for the immediate release of all po

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litical prisoners and detainees held in Lebanese

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and Syrian prisons.

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(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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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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