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house Bill H. Res. 293

Should the House Condemn the Palestinian Authority for Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic Remarks?

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs to support Israel and do what it can to stop anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement by the Palestinian Authority, as it stands in the way of the peace process.

BTSundra's Opinion
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11/02/2015
As the United States, we should condemn any effort to demoralize a religious group on the grounds of religious freedom. On top of that, Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and we should defend them as well.
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operaman's Opinion
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11/02/2015
The USA and UN must stop supporting terrorism against Israel. The poor who live in Gaza need a chance too leave the hell hole. The PA/HAMAS criminals must be defeated and destroyed. There are times when I feel the USA IS TRYING TO PUSH ISREAL OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST BY SUPPORTING IRAN AND SYRIA.
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Kyle's Opinion
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11/02/2015
Israel is an ally. That means we have already picked sides.
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Argument opposed

The Palestinian Authority isn’t going to change its ways simply because Congress says so. If they continue to incite hatred for Israel and Jews, they need to face stronger punishment.

Alis's Opinion
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11/02/2015
Israel has evolved into a terrorist state. The U.S. has blindly supported them for years to the detriment of our standing in the Middle East. Saying something true is NOT the equivalent of saying something anti-Semitic! It is bad politics & bad morals to condemn anyone for being honest! We need to rethink our policy toward Israel--should we ever get around to actually thinking rationally about US foreign policy in the Middle East. This means YOU: Rep DeSantis and Sen Rubio!
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Jared's Opinion
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11/02/2015
Can we get the HR and Senate to stop wasting time with meaningless, symbolic election cycle rhetoric and actually do their jobs? We already hold contempt for pretty much everything Palestine does with relation to Israel. We already support Israel without question (almost too far sometimes- the American Jewish leadership often disagrees with how much the US gov't supports the policies of the war hawk gov't there). My own reps, Rep DeGette and Senator Gardner from Colorado, already vote in favor of special interests on every bill that comes forward at the expense of their constituents. Can't we get something real passed? Say...maybe...something that makes it illegal to add "riders" to proposed bills? Or requires a clearly stated, plain language "Spirit of the Law" so that, anytime a challenge comes forward, the spirit is the deciding factor not legal arguments? Oh. Wait. Those would mean they cannot get away with being snakes anymore. They won't vote to keep themselves honest.
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Jessica's Opinion
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11/02/2015
This is probably THE dumbest bill congress could even negotiate.... Israel has said some pretty mean things about Palestinians, the American media has said a lot of mean things about Palestinians, the entire Western Hemisphere of the globe denounces the existence of a Palestinian state, but when the minority some how finds a way to speak their mind, the federal government is on a verge to outlaw that??? There are so many more important things on the international agenda that congress should be thinking about, we recently bombed hospitals in Afghanistan. No. Just no. This is so wrong on many different levels.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 293?

This resolution condemns anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as directly opposing the peace process. The State Department would be directed to to regularly monitor and publish information provocations against Jews and Israel that come officially from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

All PA officials and President Abbas would be urged to stop spreading anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment through official channels and Palestinian civil society.

Individuals and organizations that are working to encourage cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians are recognized in this resolution, and the House offers them their support.

Impact

Entities involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Palestinian Authority, Israelis, Israeli U.S. diplomatic relations, and the State Department.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 293

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) described how anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement reduces the likelihood of a breakthrough in the peace process, and why the Palestinian authority needs to stop those practices in a press release:

“By generating and allowing Palestinian incitement against Israelis and the democratic Jewish State of Israel, Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority instigate violence and put peace further out of reach. Their words and actions stand in stark contrast to the many wonderful and admirable people trying to increase cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, and we thank those working to encourage tolerance, reduce prejudices, and create peace through education and mutual understanding. We urge Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority to stop incitement, condemn any anti-Semitic remarks, and reform their educational system to root out any incitement rhetoric that undermines any progress towards a lasting peace.”

This resolution has the bipartisan support of 65 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, including 26 Democrats and 39 Republicans.


Of Note: Recent examples of inciteful rhetoric by the Palestinian Authority include President Mahmoud Abbas praising those who killed Israelis as “heroes” and accusing Jews of being a “contaminating” presence on the Temple Mount.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user "Israeli flag burned by Neturei Karta" by Gedalya AKA David Gott - Purim2012_3948Uploaded by FunkMonk. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Official Title

Expressing concern over anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement within the Palestinian Authority.

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  • The house Passed November 2nd, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism
    IntroducedJune 3rd, 2015

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    As the United States, we should condemn any effort to demoralize a religious group on the grounds of religious freedom. On top of that, Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and we should defend them as well.
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    Israel has evolved into a terrorist state. The U.S. has blindly supported them for years to the detriment of our standing in the Middle East. Saying something true is NOT the equivalent of saying something anti-Semitic! It is bad politics & bad morals to condemn anyone for being honest! We need to rethink our policy toward Israel--should we ever get around to actually thinking rationally about US foreign policy in the Middle East. This means YOU: Rep DeSantis and Sen Rubio!
    Like (54)
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    The USA and UN must stop supporting terrorism against Israel. The poor who live in Gaza need a chance too leave the hell hole. The PA/HAMAS criminals must be defeated and destroyed. There are times when I feel the USA IS TRYING TO PUSH ISREAL OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST BY SUPPORTING IRAN AND SYRIA.
    Like (18)
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    Can we get the HR and Senate to stop wasting time with meaningless, symbolic election cycle rhetoric and actually do their jobs? We already hold contempt for pretty much everything Palestine does with relation to Israel. We already support Israel without question (almost too far sometimes- the American Jewish leadership often disagrees with how much the US gov't supports the policies of the war hawk gov't there). My own reps, Rep DeGette and Senator Gardner from Colorado, already vote in favor of special interests on every bill that comes forward at the expense of their constituents. Can't we get something real passed? Say...maybe...something that makes it illegal to add "riders" to proposed bills? Or requires a clearly stated, plain language "Spirit of the Law" so that, anytime a challenge comes forward, the spirit is the deciding factor not legal arguments? Oh. Wait. Those would mean they cannot get away with being snakes anymore. They won't vote to keep themselves honest.
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    Israel is an ally. That means we have already picked sides.
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    This is probably THE dumbest bill congress could even negotiate.... Israel has said some pretty mean things about Palestinians, the American media has said a lot of mean things about Palestinians, the entire Western Hemisphere of the globe denounces the existence of a Palestinian state, but when the minority some how finds a way to speak their mind, the federal government is on a verge to outlaw that??? There are so many more important things on the international agenda that congress should be thinking about, we recently bombed hospitals in Afghanistan. No. Just no. This is so wrong on many different levels.
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    The Palestinians need to start being held accountable for their remarks and actions, and let it be known it will not be tolerated; by anyone.
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    They won't care what we have to say about the issue. Condemning them is not necessary, as we shouldn't add more to the fire.
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    We should enact a boycott, disinvestment, and sanction against Israel for their aggressions toward Palestine. We can end this endless battle by pushing Israel to negotiate to a two state system
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    Absolutely!! The US must always stand strong on the side of Israel!!
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    Absolutely NOT. where are the cameras when the Israelies are bombing their bldg., shooting bullets whether it be real or rubber bullets, build on land that does not belong to them, they check on every piece of sand practically that enters Palestine ,cannot sell their goods, can't pray at their holy places who made them GOD. where is the U N to do something about the bias reporting. Just my opinion
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    Did the US make an official condemnation against Netanyahu for blaming the Holocaust on Palestine? If not, this will only exacerbate the hatred for the US and the west in Palestine, likely increasing violence and Anti-Semitism. We should stop playing favorites in this conflict. That is dangerous in and of itself.
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    The Palestinians shouldn't spout hatred, but we aren't going to change them with a metaphorical finger waving. Not too mention, it's not like the Isrealis are all that kind to them. If we condemn one's actions and remarks, we must the other's as well. Peace is going to be more complicated than telling one side of the field we disapprove.
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    Yes, but it won't happen under this administration.
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    I say yes to this only because it shows support for our ally Israel. But that said. Try protecting the American worker and businesses. Bring jobs back to America.
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    We must stand against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism!
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    Israel always has been and always will be America's greatest ally. We need to protect them as much as we can, just as they do for us.
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    Yes it should made clear it is unacceptable and if they continue there should be strong sanctions against them.
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    Being anti-Israel is not anti-Semitic. Israel does not represent all Jews. The PA has the right to criticize a government that is occupying and ethnically cleansing Palestinians.
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    As a Palestinian-American, my skeptism of apartheid policies and discrimination against Palestinians, is often seen as anti-Semitic. As an Arab, I admit there is deep prejudices by Arabs against Jewish peoples, however this sentiment is also true of Jewish people against Arabs. I have been verbally and physically assaulted by Israelis because I am an Arab-Christian and my family has faced countless racist moments because of our religion and ethnicity. This bill encourages Israel to continue its bad behavior while placing all mistrust and prejudice on Arabs - making the US seem completely imbalanced in peace processes. Let's change this to condemn anti-Semitic language and actions by Israelis but also anti-Palestinian laws and actions by Israel.
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