Shorts: U.S.

House resolution supports Israel

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution March 5 condemning the rocket attacks on Israel, stating that the firing of rockets on civilian population constitutes a blatant violation of human rights and international law.

In the resolution, the House of Representatives expressed support for Israel’s sovereign right to defend its territory against rocket attacks and called on President Bush to instruct the United States envoy to the United Nations to push for a resolution condemning the Palestinian terror.

The House also cited Iran and Syria as the main sponsors of the Palestinian terror. —

Writer fabricated Holocaust memoir

Belgium-born Misha Defonseca admitted she made up her best-selling “memoir” depicting how, as a Jewish child, she lived with a pack of wolves in the woods during the Holocaust, her lawyers said last week.

She also admitted to not being Jewish.

Defonseca’s book, “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” was translated into 18 languages and made into a feature film in France. The 71-year-old now lives in Dudley, Mass. — ap

Sharansky to receive Reagan award

Former Soviet dissident, political prisoner and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky will receive the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award this summer.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan will present the award to Sharansky June 4 during a dinner in Washington, D.C.

“My husband once said that Natan’s devotion to the cause of freedom was a symbol of man’s highest aspiration. His release from a Soviet gulag was one of the most rewarding events of Ronnie’s presidency,” Reagan said in a statement.

Sharansky was freed in 1986 as part of a prisoner exchange orchestrated by Reagan. Sharansky moved to Israel and eventually served as minister and deputy prime minister.

“Fewer and fewer people can remember the world of communism, and even fewer can appreciate that its demise could never have happened so quickly and so peacefully without the moral clarity, courage and vision which President Reagan brought to the world agenda of international relations,” Sharansky said. — ap

Creation of Lantos award announced

The Young Jewish Democrats announced the creation of the Tom P. Lantos Award, which will be given annually to a member of Congress who exemplifies the late San Mateo congressman’s commitment to public service.

The award will be presented annually during the second week of February. However, this year the award will be awarded the first week of May with a nomination deadline of April 4.

Nominations and questions should be sent to Aaron Keyak, the Award Committee chairman, at [email protected]. — jta

Yale expands anti-Semitism study

Yale University launched an international association to link academics studying anti-Semitism.

The International Association for the Study of Anti-Semitism, to be headquartered at Yale in New Haven, Conn., is an outgrowth of the Yale Initiative on the Study of Anti-Semitism. — jta