Arafat Accountability Act

May 9, 2002
July 11, 2002
Referred to House (sub)committee

79 cosponsors.

“To hold accountable the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes.” Expresses the support of Congress for the President's efforts to achieve comprehensive peace in the State of Israel.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: “(1) the United States should continue to urge an immediate and unconditional cessation of all terrorist activities and the commencement of a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians; (2) the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) should immediately surrender to Israel for detention and prosecution those Palestinian extremists wanted by the Government of Israel for the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Zeevi; and (3) Yasser Arafat and the PLO must take immediate and concrete action to: publicly condemn all acts of “terrorism”; confiscate and destroy the infrastructures of “terrorism”; and end (and urge all Arab nations to end) financial support for “terrorism.”
Prohibits the Secretary of State (Secretary) and the Attorney General, respectively, from issuing a visa or admitting to the United States any member of the PLO or official of the PA. Permits the President to waive this prohibition for reasons of national security.
Directs the Secretary to prohibit the operation of a PLO or PA office in the United States from carrying out any function other than those carried out prior to the Oslo Accords. Requires the Secretary to impose travel restrictions on the senior official of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine.
Requires the Secretary and the Attorney General to identify and freeze United States assets of the PLO, the PA, and Yasser Arafat.
Requires the President to report to specified congressional committees on PLO terrorist activities.

See also: companion measure S. 2194 on 4/18/02.

House subcommittee hearing held 7/11/02.


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