Ros-Lehtinen Comments on UN Report’s Bias against Israel Urges Congress to Pass UN Reform Bill, Not Provide More Funds for UN Agencies

 (WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today on a forthcoming report by the United Nations allegedly accusing Israel of deliberately attacking UN facilities during Israel’s defensive operations in Gaza this past winter.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:   “At the UN, inconvenient facts cannot conflict with the incorrect UN party line: Israel can do no right, and Palestinian Islamist violence against Israeli civilians is at best an afterthought.   “This forthcoming UN report focuses all responsibility for civilian casualties in Gaza on the democratic State of Israel, which takes extraordinary measures to avoid taking innocent life as it defends its own citizens.   “We wait in vain for a UN report that places responsibility where it belongs – on Hamas and its ilk, who commit war crimes by launching rocket and mortar attacks against innocent Israelis and use Palestinian civilians as human shields.   “This comes as no surprise.  Last week, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator blamed Israel first and foremost for last winter’s Gaza conflict. The U.S. and other responsible nations must not ignore the UN system’s bias.   “Congress must demand better by enacting pending legislation that would leverage our contributions to the UN to produce sweeping, meaningful reform of that body.   “Likewise, when considering the proposed budget, Congress must not provide further U.S. taxpayer dollars to UN agencies, like UNRWA, that propagate anti-Israel bias and fail to uproot violent extremism.”   Background:  A UN inspection committee has reportedly concluded that Israel deliberately attacked UN facilities during its defensive Operation Cast Lead in December and January.  The committee’s report, which allegedly fails to mention repeated Hamas rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli civilians, is expected to be presented to the UN Security Council today (Tuesday, May 5).   Note: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act (H.R. 557), which conditions U.S. funding to the UN on the implementation of concrete, sweeping reforms to root out ongoing fraud, corruption, and abuse throughout the UN system.  This bill also seeks to combat anti-Israel, anti-Semitic bias within the UN.  


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