Ros-Lehtinen Calls for Solidarity with Israel In Face of Ongoing Abuse at UN Reiterates Call for Congress to Pass UN Reform Bill
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said that today's United Nations commemoration of the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" distorts history and reflects the UN's continued anti-Israel bias. Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is the author of The United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act (H.R. 2712), which leverages U.S. funding to the UN to push for numerous reforms to UN policies. Statement of Ros-Lehtinen:
This week, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of the UN General Assembly's vote to recommend the creation of a Jewish state, providing hope and opportunity to the Jewish people in the wake of the Holocaust.
In contrast, the General Assembly will again seek this week to delegitimize Israel's very existence, pass even more resolutions selectively condemning Israel, and host forums at which anti-Israel and anti-Semitic venom, propaganda, and misinformation will flow freely. Those who wish to distort history and destroy Israel will rejoice in having the imprimatur of the UN establishment. I call on the United States and all responsible nations to continue to stand firm with Israel against this very serious and troubling treatment.
During the last six decades, while Israel has flourished as a beacon of liberty, democracy, and prosperity, the UN has strayed from its founding principles and degenerated into a mere shell of its former self, pervaded by corruption, mismanagement, inaction, and Jew-hatred. While the UN always manages to find time to single out Israel for abuse, it has failed to effectively address weapons proliferation or the genuine human rights violations perpetrated under its vacant gaze. Only systemic, sweeping reform will bring relevance back to Turtle Bay.
Congress should enact pending UN reform legislation that will prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from bankrolling the UN's anti-Israel schemes.