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H.Con.Res. 37 (ih) Concerning anti-Semitic statements made by members of the Duma of the Russian Federation. [Introduced in House] ...
H. CON. RES. 37
Concerning anti-Semitic statements made by members of the Duma of the
H. CON. RES. 37
Whereas the world has seen in the 20th century the disastrous results of ethnic,
religious, and racial intolerance;
Whereas the Government of the Russian Federation is on record, through
obligations freely accepted as a participating state of the Organization
on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as pledging to ``clearly
and equivocally condemn totalitarianism, racial and ethnic hatred, anti-
Semitism, xenophobia and discrimination against anyone * * *'';
Whereas at two public rallies in October 1998, Communist Party member of the
Duma, Albert Makashov, blamed ``the Yids'' for Russia's current
Whereas in November 1998, attempts by members of the Russian Duma to formally
censure Albert Makashov were blocked by members of the Communist Party;
Whereas in December 1998, the chairman of the Duma Security Committee and
Communist Party member, Viktor Ilyukhin, blamed President Yeltsin's
``Jewish entourage'' for alleged ``genocide against the Russian
Whereas in response to the public outcry over the above-noted anti-Semitic
statements, Communist Party chairman Gennadi Zyuganov claimed in
December 1998 that such statements were a result of ``confusion''
between Zionism and ``the Jewish question''; and
Whereas during the Soviet era, the Communist Party leadership regularly used
``anti-Zionist campaigns'' as an excuse to persecute and discriminate
against Jews in the Soviet Union: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress--
(1) condemns anti-Semitic statements made by members of the
(2) commends actions taken by members of the Russian Duma
to condemn anti-Semitic statements made by Duma members;
(3) commends President Yeltsin and other members of the
Russian Government for condemning anti-Semitic statements made
by Duma members; and
(4) reiterates its firm belief that peace and justice
cannot be achieved as long as governments and legislatures
promote policies based upon anti-Semitism, racism, and
Passed the House of Representatives March 23, 1999.
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