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CAIR ACTION ALERT #277
MUSLIMS ASKED TO CONTACT CONGRESS ABOUT H.R. 5500
Proposed legislation would target Palestinians
(WASHINGTON, DC - 12/4/2000) - Muslims are urged to contact the House
Judiciary Committee about legislation that would require the Justice
Department to set up a special office exclusively targeting Palestinians.
The Justice for American Victims of Terrorism Act of 2000 (H.R. 5500),
introduced by Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), would "require the Attorney
General to establish an office in the Department of Justice to monitor
acts of international terrorism alleged to have been committed by
Palestinian individuals or individuals acting on behalf of Palestinian
organizations and to carry out certain other related activities." (To view
the text of H.R. 5500, go to http://thomas.loc.gov and search using the
One of the bill's three co-sponsors is Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY). During his
unsuccessful Senate campaign, Lazio attempted to link American Muslim
leaders and groups to acts of violence in the Middle East. Muslims say
this tactic amounted to Islamophobic "McCarthyism."
Another co-sponsor, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), has been a key supporter
of the use of secret evidence in INS deportation hearings. (Secret
evidence is used almost exclusively against Muslims and Arabs.) He has
also called on President Clinton to free Jonothan Pollard, a naval analyst
who was convicted in 1986 of transferring classified information to
Weiner has been quoted as saying: "The potential for positive developments
in the Middle East peace process that would result from releasing Pollard
cannot be understated." He recently sponsored legislation to cut U.S. aid
to the Palestinians. In a 1999 commentary, Weiner wrote: "It is time that
the House of Representatives takes steps to demonstrate our loyalties to
Vaguely-worded provisions in the legislation include a requirement that
the Justice Department permanently station "an appropriate number of
United States officials in Israel, in territory administered by Israel, in
territory administered by the Palestinian Authority, and elsewhere, to the
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE. Hostile
comments will be used to harm the image of the Muslim community.)
This legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Contact the committee chairman to express your concerns. (H.R. 5500 will
probably have to be re-introduced in January.) Even 20 calls, faxes or e-
mails will, inshallah, have an impact.
The Honorable Henry J. Hyde
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
Room 2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC, 20515
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* An inevitable result of the bill's passage would be government
monitoring of non-violent critics of Israel in this country.
* By placing American personnel in Palestinian territories, America would
be put in the position of helping to enforce Israel's brutal occupation.
* It is unconscionable to propose legislation that targets a specific
religious and ethnic group.
* If the true intent of the legislation were to monitor foreign
terrorists, it would impose requirements on the State Department or the
CIA, not the Department of Justice.
* Any Justice Department office created by the bill should also monitor
the documented torture of American citizens in Israeli prisons and the use
of American weapons to kill Palestinian civilians.
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