Let Congress vote on refugees’ Resolution now

The time is ripe for the Congressional House of Representatives to take a vote on Resolution 185, which calls for justice for Jews from Arab Countries.The vote should take place, ideally, in the next 10 days, before campaigning organisations meet in New York for an international conference.

The Justice for Jews from Arab Countries campaign is calling on Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos to move quickly to push the resolution* through to the full House for a vote. It claims that all prior conditions have been met.

“Chairman Lantos gave us some benchmarks to reach before he would send the Resolution to the full House. We have reached them!” declares Emily Blanck, director of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA).

“One was to secure 25 co-sponsors for the Resolution. We have done that. The other was that 10 of them had to be from the Foreign Affairs committee. We have achieved that as well.

“So now we need to remind the Chairman, politely that he now needs to move the Resolution through the Foreign Affairs Committee to the full House for a vote.

“Ideally we want to have this passed just before the International Conference for Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, to be held in New York on November 4th and 5th.

JIMENA calls on US citizens to ring the Chairman (Washington D.C. Office 202-225-5021), and ask family members or friends to call their own Congressional Representative to urge the Chair to move the Resolution through the process.

* Full details on both House and Senate resolutions and their sponsors here

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