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A U.S. Senate bill calls on Saudi Arabia to end support for institutions that encourage terrorism. The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2007, introduced by Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), calls on that nation to permanently close schools, charities and other organizations that may have a role in international terrorism, including funding terrorist activity or training terrorists.

It also calls for an end to Saudi aid for such groups in other countries. The U.S. secretary of state would be required to report to a congressional committee every six months on the status of Saudi compliance with the act. The Zionist Organization of America was instrumental in drafting the legislation. This legislation “does not simply deal with Saudi individuals or private organizations that are terrorists, hate-mongers or donors to extreme Islamist causes,” said ZOA National President Morton Klein, “but with the official acts of commission and omission by the government of Saudi Arabia.”

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