Events around date of publication of this item.
|Sat, 5 Nov 2005|
|Ahmed Ismail Khatib shot by Israeli army while playing with toy gun|
|Tue, 1 Nov 2005|
|United Nations establishes International Holocaust Remembrance Day at instigation of Israeli government|
|Hassan al-Madhoun and Fawzi Abu al-Qarea are assassinated|
|Mon, 31 Oct 2005|
|AIPAC Summit Conference|
|Fri, 28 Oct 2005|
|Yet more Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip|
|Israeli air force creating "sonic bombs" over Gaza Strip|
|Thu, 27 Oct 2005|
|Israeli air strikes on Gaza -- the third day of airstrikes|
|Israel announces airstrikes and artillery attacks on Gaza and arrest strikes in northern West Bank|
|Wed, 26 Oct 2005|
|Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states that Israel was a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the face of the earth".|
|Suicide bombing in Hadera|
|Sun, 23 Oct 2005|
|Israel assassinates two Palestinians in Tulkarem|
|Gaza-Egypt border reopened for 48 hours|
|Mon, 17 Oct 2005|
|Jewish National Fund in Israel announces split from JNF-UK|
|Israeli re-imposition of West Bank travel ban|
|Sun, 16 Oct 2005|
|Israelis kill Palestinian and wound by-stander in Jenin|
|Palestinians kill three Israelis in two drive-by shootings|
|Tue, 11 Oct 2005|
|Israeli defence minister orders army to ask High Court to review ban on use of human shields|
|Sun, 9 Oct 2005|
|IDF kills three Palestinians in Gaza Strip near border with Israel|
|Thu, 6 Oct 2005|
|Israeli High Court finally bans use of human shields|
|Fri, 30 Sep 2005|
|end of Operation "First Rain"|
A bill not 'about the truth'
: A bill not 'about the truth'By
: Musa Keilani Published in
: Jordan TimesDate of issue
30 October 2005Topic(s) addressed
Commentary (by JB) Abstract
Though this columnist seems to think that HR 3077 was passed in 2005, it was actually passed in 2003 -- see this article
Criticising Israel in college campuses could soon become a crime in the US under a law that has already cleared the House of Representatives and is now before a committee of the Senate.
Jewish groups and pro-Israeli lobbyists are the creators of the bill which is yet another affirmation of the strong influence and political clout Israel enjoys in the corridors of power in Washington.
The legislation comes at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly critical of the unstinting support that the US offers Israel at every forum and on every issue. The bill, if passed by the Senate, will lead to creating a federal tribunal to investigate and monitor criticism of Israel on American college campuses. The panel will be empowered to recommend cutting government funding for colleges and universities which are deemed as including in its faculty individuals and academic groups critical of Israel. Campuses are particularly targeted because they produce opinion makers and politicians.
The bill also clears the way to crack down on college and university professors who are critical of Israel. The bill is called HR 3077, the International Studies in Higher Education Act, and was sponsored by Representative Peter Hoekstra, a conservative Republican from Michigan. It was passed by the full House of Representatives on Oct. 21, according to American Free Press, an on-line news agency.