Legislation Urging President Bush to Boycott Beijing Olympics

On April 9, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) introduced legislation, H. Res. 1093, calling on President Bush to not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics unless China persuades Sudan to end the violent attacks in Darfur, allows for the full deployment of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and ends arm sales to Sudan. Co-sponsors for the legislation are now being solicited. Many Jewish and non-Jewish organizations across the United States are urging their members to write to President Bush asking him to boycott the Olympics in August if the provisions of the legislation are not addressed. China is Sudan's major financial and political supporter. This super power has the capacity to utilize its unique leverage with the Sudanese government, so that peacekeeping forces are effectively deployed in the Darfur region by the start of the games. Should President Bush stay away from the Beijing Olympics? JSPAN has not yet taken a position on the legislation. Let us know how you feel about this issue. To read the full text of H. Res. 1093, click here.