The Council for the National Interest and the University of Utah Chapter of the General Union of Palestine Students honored former 3rd District congressman Howard Nielson at a luncheon at the U. Olpin Union Building Thursday.

Nielson was honored for sponsoring two congressional resolutions that called on Israel to reopen schools and universities closed during the intifada. His resolutions represented two of the few times Congress has expressed concern for Palestinian welfare and human rights, the organizations say.