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May 23, 2002


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Urgent Action:
UN Secretary-General Report to General Assembly

    A May 7th UN General Assembly Resolution requests that Secretary-General Kofi Annan present a report “drawing upon the available resources and information, on the recent events that took place in Jenin and in other Palestinian cities."
    As Israeli government and military leaders stressed repeatedly, there was no massacre in Jenin. In fact, Israeli soldiers lost their lives in order to limit deaths among Palestinian civilians, and went to great lengths to avoid damaging property belonging to innocents.
    In order to help substantiate Israel's position, the Conference of Presidents is compiling eye-witness accounts and reports from those who have first-hand knowledge of the events in Jenin and elsewhere for submission to the UN.
    Information must be submitted today, May 23, to info@prescon.org, as the report deadline is this week.



Useful Reference:

The Arafat Accountability Act
    Text of proposed legislation to hold accountable the PLO and the Palestinian Authority

Congress votes to support Israel in its fight against terrorism:

  • Text of May 2 Senate debate (206k)
  • Text of House debate (105k)



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  • Talking Points: State Sponsors of Middle East Terror

    Excerpts from the U.S. State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism:

    • In Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, state sponsors remain an important driving force behind terrorism. Iran continues its firm support for Hizballah, Hamas, and the Palestine Islamic Jihad. Syria continued its support for Hizballah and allowed Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian rejectionist groups to maintain offices in Damascus.
    • Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2001 and increased its support for anti-Israeli terrorist groups. Supreme Leader Khamenei continued to refer to Israel as a "cancerous tumor" that must be removed. Iran continued to provide Lebanese Hizballah and the Palestinian rejectionist groups -- notably Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP-GC -- with varying amounts of funding, safehaven, training, and weapons.
    • Iraq provided bases to several terrorist groups including the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), the Abu Nidal organization (ANO), the Arab Liberation Front, and the 15 May Organization.
    • Syria continued in 2001 to provide safehaven and logistics support to a number of terrorist groups. Ahmad Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Abu Musa's Fatah-the-Intifadah, George Habash's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Hamas continued to maintain offices in Damascus. Syria provided Hizballah, Hamas, PFLP-GC, the PIJ, and other terrorist organizations refuge and basing privileges in Lebanon's Beka'a Valley, under Syrian control. Damascus served as the primary transit point for the transfer of Iranian-supplied weapons to Hizballah.
    • Sudan -- A number of international terrorist groups including al-Qaida, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Egyptian al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Hamas continued to use Sudan as a safehaven, primarily for conducting logistics and other support activities.

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