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Vitter Bill Would Defund U.N. Human Rights Council Unless Controversial Israel Report is Retracted

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Location: Washington, DC

Cites report that falsely accused Israel of targeting civilians in military campaign

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced legislation to withhold federal funding from the United Nations Human Rights Council until it officially retracts a report from Justice Richard Goldstone, the former chairman of the council, which falsely accused Israel of committing war crimes.

"I don't want to see our tax dollars being used for any fraudulent reports, especially ones wrongly accusing our closest ally in the volatile Middle East," Vitter said. "The U.N. has no business standing by this discredited report, and until it is retracted, we should withhold their funding."

The Goldstone Report claimed that Israel committed war crimes by planning a calculated policy to kill civilians in Gaza as it targeted the Hamas terrorist organization in December 2008 and January 2009. The central claims of his controversial report were dismissed as false by its own author, Justice Goldstone, earlier this year.

In April, Vitter cosponsored a resolution, which unanimously passed the U.S. Senate, calling on the U.N. to rescind the report.

Vitter's bill, cosponsored by U.S. Sens. John Kyl (R-Az.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and James Inhofe (R-Ok.) would return the withheld funding to the Treasury for debt reduction.

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