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May 9, 2006
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Three dovish Jewish groups came out against the Palestinian anti-terrorism act. The U.S. House of Representatives is to vote Tuesday on the act, which severely restricts assistance to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority and non-governmental groups that assist the Palestinians. The Israel Policy Forum, Americans for Peace Now and the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace each issued statements opposing the bill. Each group supports isolating Hamas, the terrorist group whose election to power in the Palestinian Authority sparked the bill. The groups say the legislation is too far-reaching, targeting the Palestinian Authority no matter who governs it, and is too restrictive of presidential authority. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has lobbied strongly for the bill, and with 290 co-sponsors it is almost guaranteed to pass.

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