U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the recent passage of five additional anti-Israel resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council, including one dispatching a "fact-finding mission" to investigate Israeli housing construction in the West Bank and in areas of Jerusalem. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Last week, the UN's sham human rights body passed five more resolutions criticizing a free democracy, Israel, that does far more to uphold human rights than most of the states that serve on the Council.
"One resolution repeatedly criticized Israel for actions taken against "Palestinian civilians,' with barely any mention of Palestinian attacks against Israelis. Another resolution expressed concern with human rights in the "occupied Syrian Golan,' even as Syria's bloodthirsty dictator viciously represses the Syrian people's struggle for freedom. A third resolution used support for the "right of the Palestinian people to self-determination' as a pretense to heap continued criticism on Israel for acts taken to defend itself from the actions of violent extremists. Moreover, the Council approved a resolution reaffirming support for the Goldstone Report, which denied Israel's right to self defense, in addition to passing another resolution creating a Goldstone-style mission to investigate Israeli housing construction in the West Bank and in areas of Jerusalem, Israel's undivided capital.
"U.S. taxpayer dollars being sent to the Council are not protecting human rights, but are being used by the Council's dictatorships to push their agenda, including Israel bashing. The U.S. should not participate in the Council, or send any more money to it, until sweeping reform is achieved."
NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of H.R. 2829, the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011, which requires the United Nations to switch its funding mechanism from an assessed basis to a voluntary basis. This shift will empower the U.S. and other member-states to use their strongest leverage at the UN -- their monetary contributions -- to press for badly needed reform. The voluntary funding structure will also allow the U.S. and others to prevent their contributions from funding discredited organizations and initiatives, such as the Human Rights Council, which undermine their own foreign policy goals. The legislation also includes provisions restricting U.S. participation on the Human Rights Council and withholding funding to the UN proportionate to what is allocated for Council activities. This legislation enjoys the support of over 140 cosponsors, and was marked up and reported favorably by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last year.