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May 23, 2014  RSS feed
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Congress votes Gold Medal for Israeli President Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON (JTA) —The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation May 19 to award Israeli President Shimon Peres the Congressional Gold Medal. The U.S. Senate passed similar legislation in March.

Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Joe Kennedy (DMA) sponsored the House bill.

Peres, who is retiring in July, becomes one of nine people to win both the congressional and presidential medals, the highest U.S. civilian honors. Among the others are Natan Sharansky, the former prisoner of Zion who now leads the Jewish Agency for Israel; Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and, like Peres, a Nobel Peace laureate; Simon Wiesenthal, the late Nazi hunter; and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late leader of the Lubavitch movement.

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