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Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday

Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 11:54:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday

CNI ACTION ALERT:

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday

DATE: March 7, 2006

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair of the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee (HIRC), has called a hearing for Wednesday on "Palestinian Authority Elections: Implications for Peace, Regional Security, and U.S. Assistance."

This biased hearing will include just three witnesses: an Israeli brigadier general, a researcher who claims that the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics over-counts Palestinians by 1.3 million people, and a researcher who claims that the European Union funds a Palestinian Authority war against Israel.

This absurd witness list shows that Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, who is lobbying to become Chair of the full international relations committee upon the retirement of the current Chair, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), is not capable of exercising her duties as Chair of the House Middle East Subcommittee in a responsible way.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen's anti-Palestinian agenda is clear: she is also the sponsor of H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, which seeks to punish and isolate the Palestinian people for voting by imposing draconian economic and diplomatic measures against them. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, of which CNI is a member, has organized a letter to Members of Congress, signed by nearly 240 U.S.-based organizations, opposing this resolution.

TAKE ACTION: Pick up the phone and call Rep. Ros-Lehtinen today at 202-225-3931 and demand that she add to the witness list a representative of an organization that does not think the United States should punish and isolate the Palestinian people for voting.  CNI founder and former HIRC member Paul Findley has formally asked that two members of the CNI international observer team, Amb. Robert Keeley and Eugene Bird, be added to the witness list today.

Click here to join over 3,000 CNI members and friends who have already written to their Representative, Senators, and the President opposing H.R. 4681.

Your phone calls and emails make a difference! In February 2004, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen called for a biased hearing on Israel’s illegal West Bank wall in which the only witnesses were from the same pro-Israel think tank. Your emails and phone calls forced Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to state publicly at that hearing that the witness list was not balanced and another hearing needed to be called to hear other opinions. Unfortunately Rep. Ros-Lehtinen never lived up to her word to call another hearing despite pressure from the U.S. Campaign to do so.

Don’t let her get away with another biased hearing. Take action today!

Call Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s office today at 202-225-3931 and contact your Members of Congress by clicking here.


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