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On January 20th, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 37, which declared "The increase in anti-Semitic attacks in France and throughout Europe remains of great concern."
The measure sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX-2] was introduced on 01/16/2015 and agreed to by voice vote on 1/20. It "reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the multilateral, global fight against such violent extremists."
Congressional hearings on the matter were extremely revealing, and focused largely on Jews and 'anti-Semitism.' Comments from sponsors included:
A Separate measure introduced on 1/27, House Resolution 57, condemns "Denying Or Minimizing The Holocaust."
The resolution focuses on the Paris Hebdo attacks and states, in part,
"Whereas these terrorist attacks represent an assault on fundamental principles essential to a democratic society, including the universal right to free expression and freedom of religion;
Whereas the increase in anti-Semitic attacks in France and throughout Europe remains of great concern;
be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in the tragic loss of seventeen innocent lives;
(2) extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragedy;
(3) supports the efforts of the Government of France to ensure that all of those individuals who committed or supported these attacks are brought to justice;
(4) remains concerned regarding the flow of foreign fighters to and from the Middle East and West and North Africa and the threat posed by these individuals upon their return to their local communities;
(5) appreciates and supports France's continuing efforts to combat terrorism and promote stability throughout the Middle East and West and North Africa;
(6) appreciates France's contributions to the multilateral effort to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant;
(7) recognizes the growing threat posed by radical Islamist terrorist groups worldwide and reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the multilateral, global fight against such violent extremists;
(8) calls upon all nations to join a global effort to combat violent extremist ideologies and terrorist groups; and
(9) remains committed to the defense of free expression, including religious freedom, as well as other universal values that terrorists seek to destroy through a campaign of cowardly threats and reprehensible violence.
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume, and I rise in strong support of this resolution. Mr. Speaker, the terrorist attacks by radical Islamists in Paris were a tragedy for all who love peace and freedom. What happened at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher market reminds us this violent extremism remains a critical threat. I am happy to stand with the chairman here in showing strong bipartisanship once again because we grieve with France, our oldest ally. Our hearts break for all those who have lost loved ones in these attacks and for all who watched this carnage spill into their peaceful city streets. As a New Yorker, I remember the outpouring of support from France following September 11, 2011. But even as we mourn the dead, we draw inspiration from the displays of courage and solidarity on the streets of the City of Light, across Europe, and around the world. With the attackers still at large, Parisians took to the streets in massive and peaceful vigils. They sent a clear message to the world: freedom and justice will not be cowed by violence and terror. In these attacks, Mr. Speaker, the ancient evil of anti-Semitism once again showed its ugly face. Anti-Semitism is both a threat with which governments need to deal and a societal challenge requiring honest dialogue, critical self-examination, and constant vigilance. France's deployment of special troops and extra police to Jewish sites was the right thing to do. But much more will be needed in the days ahead to ensure that Europe's largest Jewish community is safe from attack and free from fear. Just as America stands with the people of France against terrorism, Americans also stand shoulder to shoulder with European Jewry. That is the message we are sending today with this resolution. Whether in Paris or New York, Moscow or Jerusalem, whether homegrown or imported, whether targeting Jews, Muslims, Christians, or anyone else, violent extremism has no place in a civilized world. We will continue to work with our friends and allies to put a stop to this threat. It is important that Congress go on record as strongly opposed to this violence. We will do whatever it takes to secure the future of freedom and democracy. Mr. Speaker, I am Jewish—Je suis Juif. I am Charlie—Je suis Charlie. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this resolution. I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. POE), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and the author of this measure.
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman and the ranking member for bringing this resolution to the House floor so quickly. Mr. Speaker, it was a cold winter morning in Paris just before lunchtime when two masked men with AK–47s approached a woman standing outside the door of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, forcing her to let them in. Once inside the door, they gunned down the security guard in the lobby and ran up to the second floor shouting, "Where is Charb? Where is Charb?'' Charb is the nickname of the newspaper's editor, Mr. Charbonnier. After reaching their target, they executed him and 10 others. They exited the building shouting, "Allahu Akbar,'' or "God is the greatest.'' Then they sped off. They would kill an injured Muslim police officer lying on the ground before they fled. The two terrorists got away, but not for long. French law enforcement found and killed the men in a standoff near the Paris airport. That same day, another terrorist killed a female police officer and attacked a kosher supermarket and murdered four Jewish men. Once again, French law enforcement took care of the terrorists and rescued the hostages. These terrorists killed because they didn't like what people had to say. Mr. Speaker, it is a fundamental human right to have freedom of expression, freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. No amount of violence can take those rights away from us. It is basic. Mr. Speaker, this resolution says we are not going to let Islamic radical terrorists steal those rights from anyone, whether it is the French, whether it is someone else in the world or even here in America. Mr. Speaker, after all, they killed at the kosher cafe because they not only didn't like what people were saying, they didn't like those people because they were Jews. France did an excellent job bringing swift justice down on these terrorists, but the fight is certainly not over. There may be, and probably are, hundreds of others around the world plotting to kill neighbors and countrymen and people in other Nations because those terrorists don't agree with what those people say or what those people look like or what those people's personal religion may be. They think they have the right to kill in the name of a radical Islamic religion. Mr. Speaker, the threat is serious and it is deadly. This resolution remembers those folks who were killed because they believed the way they did or because they looked the way they looked or because their religion was different than others. We mourn when the French mourn. As stated earlier, the French are our oldest and first ally. In fact, Mr. Speaker, we have two portraits in this House Chamber, one of George Washington and one of Lafayette, the first great Frenchman who helped the United States. We have a close bond with the French. And it is important that we let them, the world, and especially the terrorists know that our bond with freedom-loving countries will remain strong, especially in time of need, when people are attacked because of their beliefs and the idea that they can express a difference of opinion. I want to congratulate French law enforcement for their speedy and quick resolve in disposing of these terrorists, and we should let them know that we appreciate all law enforcement who fight back against terrorists who want to kill us because we don't agree with them. Once again, I thank the chairman and the ranking member for bringing this resolution to the House floor.
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. JACKSON LEE). (Ms. JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I thank Mr. ROYCE and Mr. ENGEL and Mr. POE for their leadership in bringing the House together on a very important issue. Earlier today I stood and spoke about the tragic news that we heard early this morning of two Japanese citizens being held and ISIS asking for $200 million. The work of these individuals in Paris, France, and beyond was in their mind a connectedness to al Qaeda and others, proudly so, as they slaughtered those individuals who chose to lift up liberte in the spirit of the French people and take to the pen and assess the atmosphere of the day and provide humor to it. Mr. Speaker, I do not comment on one person's opinion, but I do know that liberte, democracy, liberty, and our own beliefs give every human being dignity and the freedom of expression, the free press, the right to free speech and religion, and I believe these are very valuable ideals. And so this resolution speaks to that by condemning the heinousness of the act. How many families—children, mothers, and fathers—were impacted by the loss of their loved ones? What a tragedy to see a police officer gunned down in the street who asked, as I reflect on the words as I recall them, to be left alone, and yet was shot again, and other officers in the line of duty being subjected to the violence of these individuals. This is an intolerable situation that should not be tolerated. But we are hearing from the voices of these terrorist groups that they are now asking individuals to stay in place, to stay at home and create jihad. At the same time, I have heard voices from the Islam extended community, people of the faith, Islamic faith, and I have heard them condemn these violent acts. I have heard them condemn these acts as not reflecting their faith. Then again, as we watched an individual slaughter Jewish persons in a kosher market purposely because of their faith, we cannot tolerate that. In one single voice, we should rise up as this resolution, H. Res. 37, says to express the affection for all people and their right to exist. That is, if you will, a universal phenomenon, to allow individual persons and individuals to exist without threat of heinous violence. As I talked about Dr. Martin Luther King, I said the very words he has commended to us: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.
Mr. ENGEL. I yield an additional 1 minute to the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. JACKSON LEE).
Ms. JACKSON LEE. As we begin this journey into a new year, I don't know how much we will be confronted with these horrible acts. I am on the Homeland Security Committee, and for a long time we were seeing the signs of what I call franchise terrorism. But I do know that it has to be a world, a global effort, but it also has to, as I began to talk about earlier, reach the hearts and minds of young men and possibly women who are being subjected to radicalism on the Internet or elsewhere. We have to stop that bleeding, if you will, and begin to promote openly our values, which include respect for religious differences. As we do that, I believe it will be well worth the investment because we don't know where this is going to end, and we certainly need to say to the American people that we are committed, in essence that we are on top of it, and that we have many solutions to this tragic problem. So I rise in support of H. Res. 37 for its condemnation and recognition of where we are today, and I ask for us to address this in a multitude of ways in order to have peace in this world and in our Nation.
Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Je suis Juif, I am Jewish. Mr. Speaker, Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie Hebdo. This is what we are all saying collectively as a Congress as we debate this bill today. This is what the people of France were saying and have been saying ever since the tragedy happened. People with placards and banners were carrying them high above France to show solidarity in the fight against terrorism. Mr. Speaker, we have had an important conversation here in the House. I am heartened by the expressions of unity and resolve, and I hope they provide a measure of comfort to those families that are suffering who had loved ones who were killed and those who were wounded by this recent attack. Symbolism looms hard in foreign affairs, and with this resolution, we deliver a powerful message. We deliver it on the day the President is going to speak with us in the State of the Union, and I think nothing could be stronger than for this House unanimously to fight terrorism, to reject terrorism, and, again, to say, "Je suis Juif, Je suis Charlie.'' I yield back the balance of my time.
Mr. ROYCE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Congressman POE from Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, for authoring this important resolution; but I also want to thank our ranking member, ELIOT ENGEL of New York, for his support in bringing this resolution to the floor to ensure that we speak with one voice on issues of violent extremism and to ensure that we stand with our ally France at this difficult time. Last week, many Members visited the Foreign Affairs Committee to sign a condolence book and greet the French Ambassador in person. Mr. ENGEL and I thanked them for their show of solidarity in this. Mr. Speaker, the ultimate reality is that these attacks in Paris are indicative of a resurgent terrorist threat from radical Islamist extremists. The brothers were connected to al Qaeda in Yemen, a particularly active and deadly al Qaeda franchise. The kosher market gunman pledged his allegiance to ISIS....
Numerous other measures focusing on Hebdo and 'anti-semitism' have also been introduced in Congress. 13 Democrats and 7 Republicans have cosponsored H.R. 49, "Honoring the victims of the Holocaust, commending countries and organizations for marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to strengthen the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and intolerance."
It was introduced by Rep. Theodore E. Deutch [D-FL-21] on 01/26/2015. It states, in part:
Whereas many countries around the world mark respective national Holocaust
remembrance days on January 27, including Denmark, Estonia, Germany,
Greece, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom;
Whereas there has been an increase in the number and intensity of anti-Semitic incidents around the world, and Jewish communities are feeling vulnerable in the face of growing anti-Jewish hostility and experiencing targeted, and sometimes deadly, attacks; and
Whereas the United States Department of State expressed its concern for the rise in anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world and referenced numerous polls offering evidence to the claims:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) memorializes the liberation of Auschwitz;
(2) honors the victims of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps and killing centers, and all other victims of Nazi crimes and aggression;
(3) honors the efforts of the United States Armed Forces, the armed forces of Allied nations, underground resistance fighters, and other persons who helped defeat the Nazi regime during World War II and liberate Auschwitz and other Nazi camps;
(4) expresses gratitude to those persons and entities hosting and participating in events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which includes a United States Presidential delegation attending an event in Oswiecim, Poland;
(5) reaffirms its support for educational efforts to teach current and future generations about the Holocaust, to preserve the memory of those murdered, and to prevent any future genocide; and
(6) urges all countries to implement educational lessons about the Holocaust to explain how unchecked intolerance and prejudice, including racial, ethnic, or religious biases, has led to, and could in the future lead to, atrocities as happened during the Holocaust, and to improve efforts to identify and combat anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and intolerance.
Condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the families of the victims, expressing solidarity with the people of France, and reaffirming fundamental freedom of expression.
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) condemns the terrorist attacks and cowardly murders at the offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and kosher market Hyper Cacher in Paris;
(2) expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these attacks and to the Republic of France;
(3) expresses our solidarity with the people of the Republic of France and pays tribute to our shared values, ideals, and liberties, including the freedom of thought and expression and freedom of the press;
H.Res.31 is "Condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the families of the victims, expressing solidarity with the people of France, and reaffirming fundamental freedom of expression." Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, [R-IL-16] (Introduced 01/14/2015).
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