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Tell Congress: Don’t vote for Israeli settlements!

Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy send out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

January 2016

A resolution that supports illegal Israeli settlements by conflating the occupied territories with Israel was introduced in the House and is currently gaining co-sponsors.  

House Resolution 567 opposes recently adopted European Union (EU) guidelines that call for products made in Israeli settlements to be labeled as coming from settlements, which are illegal under international law, rather than labeled "Made in Israel."

Click HERE to contact your representative and ask them NOT to co-sponsor HR 567.

For nearly 50 years, the United States has opposed the construction of Israeli settlements in occupied territories. The U.S. government should adopt the EU guidelines. Instead, House Resolution 567 opposes the EU labeling requirements and blurs the line between Israel and the occupied territories by promoting the label “Israel or Israeli-controlled territory.”

"This conflation flies in the face of nearly five decades of unbroken U.S. policy opposing settlements," Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now said. "Since 1967, every president, regardless of party, has maintained this policy.  And until recently, every Congress, regardless of which party was in control, supported this policy, including in law (e.g., legislation barring Israel from using U.S. loan guarantees in areas occupied in 1967).  Indeed, never before in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, until now, has there been any serious effort in Congress to legislate U.S. support for settlements."

Urge Congress to support peace, not settlements, by NOT co-sponsoring HR 567.

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