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Senator Paul Statement on Rescinding the Goldstone Report


Location: Washington, DC

Today, the Senate passed S.Res. 138, which calledon the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone Report.On Sept.15, 2009, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict released this now-infamous report, which condemns Israel but downplays war crimes committed by Hamas.The central claims of this one-sided report were recently repudiated by the very jurist who chaired the original fact-finding mission.Justice Goldstone,in fact,declared and acknowledged that "Israel, like any other sovereign nation, has the right and obligation to defend itself and its citizens." In response to the Senate's action, Sen. Paul released the following statement:

"I support the substance of S.Res. 138 and supported its passage by unanimous consent in the Senate.

"However, I wish this resolution would also address the fact that the very structure of the UN is fundamentally flawed.The United States and other countries around the world should refuse to give up their sovereignty to the UN, or to any other international body.

"An egregious example of this surrender of sovereignty occurred recently in the form of our military intervention in Libya.Each time they abdicate their own constitutional responsibility to declare war, my Senate colleagues unwittingly lay the foundation for the possibility of future UN-declared wars that are fundamentally unjust and incompatible with American values.

"It is time for Congress and all U.S. citizens to recognize the fact that surrendering our rights and sovereignty to corrupt entities like the UNHuman Rights Council and the UNSecurity Council results in a serious compromise of both our own security, and that of our friends and allies, including Israel."

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