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April 17, 2003

US citizens: Let these congressmen know where YOU stand

AP reports in a dispatch dated April 17, 2003:
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - A U.S. congressional delegation met Yasser Arafat on Thursday in the first high-level American visit since Washington effectively boycotted the Palestinian leader last year.
The congressmen also met with Abbas. On Sunday, the delegation would meet with Syrian President Basher Assad. Senior U.S. officials have accused Syria of providing Iraq with war material and harboring terrorists.

"We had a very good meeting with Arafat, and he is fully committed to the peace process," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. "There is a road map that has been worked out ... and we should now pursue peace."

Jeffery Feltman, a spokesman for U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, said the State Department did not sanction the visit.

"The administration does not believe that Mr. Arafat is an interlocutor for peace," he said.

Issa was joined by Reps. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.
I urge US citizens in general, and the constituents of the three congressmen listed above in particular, to contact these people.