Palestine Center Denounces Passage of H.R. 4681Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Palestine Center Denounces Passage of H.R. 4681
For Immediate Release
The central provision of this resolution prohibits the
However, H.R. 4681 goes far beyond reiterating the current U.S. ban on direct assistance to the PA; it also calls for provisions that punish and isolate the Palestinian people for exercising their right to vote by restricting humanitarian aid, prohibiting official Palestinian diplomacy or representation in the United States, and even denying Palestinians the ability to receive assistance through international financial institutions.
Although the resolution was introduced after the election of Hamas in the January 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, its ramifications, if signed into law, reach far beyond Hamas.
The resolution, as passed, does not only target officials from the current ruling party. It derails any diplomatic contact with those who seek an end to conflict and a two-state solution based on mutual security and recognition.
The resolution targets the Palestinian people, NGOs and Palestinian civil society as a whole by naming the Palestinian Territory and the Palestinian Authority as a terrorist entity and by severely restricting aid and civil support for Palestinians and Palestinian institutions.
Contrary to the arguments of its supporters, such broad overreaching bans limit the
Supporters of the resolution must be aware that as passed, the resolution puts the Palestinian territory and the Palestinian Authority, regardless of whom is in power, in a state of political, economic and social instability that will ripple throughout the region and only further affect
House Res. 4681
Official Tally of House Votes on H.R. 4681 (23 May 2006)
Transcript of the House Debate (22 May 2006 - Delayed)
Parallel Senate Bill, S. 2730
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