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Referred in Senate (12/06/2001)

[Congressional Bills 107th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H. Con. Res. 280 Referred in Senate (RFS)]

  1st Session
H. CON. RES. 280



                            December 6, 2001

      Received and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


                         CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

   Expressing solidarity with Israel in the fight against terrorism.

Whereas 26 innocent people in Israel were murdered in cold blood and at least 
        175 wounded by Palestinian terrorists, all within 14 hours, during the 
        weekend of December 1-2, 2001;
Whereas this is the equivalent, on a proportional basis, of 1,200 American 
        deaths and 8,000 wounded;
Whereas United States Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni has labeled the terrorism 
        of December 1-2, 2001, ``the deepest evil one can imagine'';
Whereas this bloody weekend is part of an ongoing terror campaign often targeted 
        at youth and families and perpetrated by the Islamic fundamentalist 
        groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian 
        terrorist groups;
Whereas President Bush declared at a joint session of Congress on September 20, 
        2001, that ``Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. 
        Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day 
        forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will 
        be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime''; and
Whereas President Bush declared on December 2, 2001, that ``Chairman Arafat must 
        do everything in his power to find those who murdered innocent Israelis 
        and bring them to justice'': Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That Congress--
            (1) condemns the vicious terrorist attacks resulting in the 
        death of 26 and the wounding of at least 175 innocent people in 
        Israel within 14 hours during December 1-2, 2001, and extends 
        its deepest sympathies to the Israeli nation and to the 
        families of the victims;
            (2) expresses outrage at the ongoing Palestinian terrorist 
        campaign and insists that the Palestinian Authority take all 
        steps necessary to end it;
            (3) demands, specifically, that the Palestinian Authority 
        take action immediately to--
                    (A) destroy the infrastructure of Palestinian 
                terrorist groups;
                    (B) pursue and arrest terrorists whose 
                incarceration has been called for by Israel; and
                    (C) either--
                            (i) prosecute such terrorists, provide 
                        convicted terrorists with the stiffest possible 
                        punishment, and ensure that those convicted 
                        remain in custody for the full duration of 
                        their sentences; or
                            (ii) render all arrested terrorists to the 
                        Government of Israel for prosecution;
            (4) urges the President to take any and all necessary steps 
        to ensure that the Palestinian Authority takes the actions 
        described in paragraph (3), including, if necessary, suspending 
        all relations with Yasir Arafat and the Palestinian Authority;
            (5) further urges the President to insist that all 
        countries harboring, materially supporting, or acquiescing in 
        the private support of Palestinian terrorist groups end all 
        such support, dismantle the infrastructure of such groups, and 
        bring all terrorists within their borders to justice;
            (6) commends the President for his strong leadership 
        against international terrorism, his forthright response to 
        this most recent outrage, and his swift action to freeze 
        additional sources of terrorist funds; and
            (7) expresses the solidarity of the United States with 
        Israel in our common struggle against the scourge of terrorism.

            Passed the House of Representatives December 5, 2001.


                                                 JEFF TRANDAHL,