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July 19, 2005
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A New York congressman called on the Treasury Department to expel the Arab Bank from the United States. At a press conference Sunday in Manhattan, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) cited the bank’s alleged ties to terrorism, noting that it handles transactions with groups such as the Holy Land Foundation, a front group for Hamas, and may work with the Global Relief Foundation, which some contend supports Al-Qaida.

A congresswoman garnered over 200 sponsors from both parties for legislation that would create American Jewish History Month. “Ignorance about Jews, our history, culture and contributions to American society remains widespread in the U.S.,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Monday at Hadassah’s annual Washington convention. “Ignorance leads to hatred and bigotry, and one way to stop it is through education.”

Israeli right-wing leaders signed a pact promising only nonviolent resistance to the upcoming Gaza Strip withdrawal. Twenty-one lawmakers from right-wing Israeli political parties, along with leading Zionist rabbis, signed the “Struggle Covenant” in the Knesset on Monday. The signatories called on settlers slated for evacuation next month from Gaza and the northern West Bank to resist passively, without resorting to violence.

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