Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Victory on Anti-Palestinian Legislation (H. R. 4681): U. S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

From : US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Reply-To : uscampaign@mail.democracyinaction.org
Sent : Tuesday, May 9, 2006 6:08 PM
To : Mark Dankof/BATR
Subject : Victory on Anti-Palestinian Legislation; Take Action Today

Victory on Anti-Palestinian Legislation; Take Action Today

Due in part to your unprecedented opposition to anti-Palestinian legislation, the House leadership has unexpectedly removed H. R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, from today's list of scheduled votes!

Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee has asserted its jurisdiction over the bill and will hold a "mark-up" session tomorrow, Wed., May 10, to discuss possible amendments to it. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the important section of the resolution that deals with visas.

As currently written, Section 6 of H. R. 4681 states that "A visa shall not be issued to any alien who is an official of, affiliated with, or serving as a representative of the Palestinian Authority" without a special waiver issued by the President. The resolution defines the Palestinian Authority to include the Palestinian Legislative Council, meaning that even non-Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, such as Mustafa Barghouti, Hanan Ashrawi, Nabil Sha'ath, and Saeb Erakat, could be banned from entering the United States.

Current US law already prohibits the granting of a visa to a person belonging to a group, such as Hamas, which the United States considers to be a "foreign terrorist organization".

TAKE ACTION: Contact the House Judiciary Committee today through the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-355-3588 or directly at 202-225-3951 and tell the committee that the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act should conform to current US law and only deny visas to members of groups the United States considers to be a "foreign terrorist organization". Ask the committee to amend the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act to include a provision that would continue to grant visas to Palestinian politicians who are not members of US-designated "foreign terrorist organizations".
Also, if your Representative is on the House Judiciary Committee, please call them today as well with the same message.

House Judiciary Committee Members

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Chair, (R-WI-5), 202-225-5101

Rep. John Conyers, Ranking Member (D-MI-14), 202-225-5126

Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL-6), 202-225-4561
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA-28), 202-225-4695

Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC-6), 202-225-3065
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA-9), 202-225-3861

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), 202-225-4236
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8), 202-225-5635

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA-24),202-225-5811
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), 202-225-8351

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), 202-225-5431
Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC-12), 202-225-1510

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1), 202-225-2216
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-16), 202-225-3072

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA-3), 202-225-5716
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), 202-225-3816

Rep. William Jenkins (R-TN-1), 202-225-6356
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-35), 202-225-2201

Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT-3), 202-225-7751
Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA-5), 202-225-3411

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL-6), 202-225-4921
Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA-10), 202-225-3111

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC-4), 202-225-6030
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL-19), 202-225-3001

Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN-8), 202-225-4636
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY-9), 202-225-6616

Rep. Mark Green (R-WI-8), 202-225-5665
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA-29), 202-225-4176

Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL-8), 202-225-2176
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA-39), 202-225-6676

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), 202-225-3906
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8), 202-225-5341

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ-6), 202-225-2635
Rep. Debbie W. Schultz (D-FL-20), 202-225-7931

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN-6), 202-225-3021

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4), 202-225-6365

Rep. Steve King (R-IA-5), 202-225-4426

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL-24), 202-225-2706

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ-2), 202-225-4576

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1), 202-225-3035

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