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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2007


First Time Ever in History that Israel Receives Appointment

(Washington, DC) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.RES.624 introduced by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chair of the Democratic Israel Working Group. H.RES.624, congratulates the government and people of the State of Israel on Israel’s first ever appointment to chair a U.N. committee. H.RES.624 was co-sponsored by fellow Democratic Israel Working Group Co-Chair Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) and Helsinki Commissioner Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL). (Please find a copy of the resolution)

“I laud the passage of this resolution by the House of Representatives; however the unfortunate fact is that this is long overdue. It is my hope that Mr. Ron Adam, who has been appointed chair of the U.N. Committee on Program and Coordination will help to normalize Israel’s bilateral and multilateral relations with U.N. member states.

“I believe Israel should be granted membership on the Security Council in 2019 as well as gain full participation rights within the U.N. For far too long certain member states have used their position on the U.N. to launch baseless attacks toward Israel, while turning a blind eye to the contemptible human rights record of other states -- undermining the United Nation’s credibility, integrity, and effectiveness,” said Congressman Hastings.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
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