TX Rep Calls for 'Humanitarian Corridor' in Lebanon

TX Rep Calls for 'Humanitarian Corridor' in Lebanon

H.RES.945

Expressing deep concern at the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and particularly the current hostilities between the State of Israel and Hezbollah which have intensified since July 12, 2006.

Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas submitted the following resolution. . .

RESOLUTION

Expressing deep concern at the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and particularly the current hostilities between the State of Israel and Hezbollah which have intensified since July 12, 2006.

* Whereas, since the commencement of hostilities, over 350 Lebanese civilians, one third of whom are children according to the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, and 17 Israeli civilians, have been killed;

* Whereas vital infrastructure, including hospitals, power plants, bridges, roads, and food and milk factories in Lebanon have been destroyed;

* Whereas over 600,000 people in Lebanon and hundreds of thousands of people in Israel have been displaced;

* Whereas President George W. Bush has expressed great concern over the welfare of the people of Lebanon;

* Whereas United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for an immediate cease-fire;

* Whereas the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has warned of a humanitarian disaster in Lebanon;

* Whereas the Government of Lebanon has urgently appealed for an immediate cessation to hostilities; and

* Whereas the international community has expressed support for a humanitarian corridor to Lebanon to be opened immediately to get desperately-needed humanitarian supplies to the suffering people of Lebanon:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives -

(1) calls for the cessation of the targeting by any side of infrastructure vital to non-combatants, which also increases the likelihood of the loss of innocent civilian life;

(2) calls for a secure humanitarian corridor to be opened immediately via the seaports and airports of Lebanon to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of the people of Lebanon;

(3) calls for an immediate cease-fire in line with the urgent appeals of the Government of Lebanon and the United Nations Secretary General; and

(4) urges a comprehensive and just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict to ensure that the peoples of the Middle East can live in peace, freedom, and prosperity.

ACTION REQUESTED:

So far there are only 13 co-sponsors for the resolution.

CONTACT your congressional representative and ask that he or she help bring humanitarian relief to the people of Lebanon by co-sponsoring H.RES.945. To contact your elected officials, go to: http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/

Send a note of thanks to Rep. Jackson-Lee and to the co-sponsors.
Go to: http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov

List of Current Co-Sponsors for H. Res. 945:

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14]
Rep Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-22]
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [D-MI-13]
Rep McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6]
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [R-TX-4]
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-5]
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [D-OH-10]


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