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Bill aims to defund UN Human Rights Council over failure to condemn Hamas.

A Republican congresswoman has introduced a bill with bipartisan support to defund ‍the United ⁤Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) until it condemns the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

After Hamas’ deadly surprise terrorist attack on Israel on Oct.⁢ 7, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) proposed the Stand With Israel Act on Oct. 30 to suspend U.S. funds to the UNHRC until a resolution condemning Hamas is enacted.

“It⁣ should not be a heavy lift for the UN, which claims to promote global human rights, to pass⁣ a resolution condemning what will go down in history as one of the​ deadliest attacks against the Jewish people,” Ms. Luna stated, ⁣according to a press release from her office.

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Funding for the UNHRC is prohibited by the Stand With Israel ⁣Act unless ⁢the U.N. Security Council and the U.N. General Assembly pass a resolution explicitly denouncing the Palestinian​ terrorist organization.

Calls for Resignation

The‍ timing of Ms. Luna’s bill coincides with‍ calls for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to ⁣quit⁣ following a speech that some⁣ have interpreted as justifying the actions‌ of⁣ Hamas.

“The United States should not fund⁣ the UN Human Rights Council until it stops targeting our ‍closest ally,”​ Ms. Luna added, going on to say that the U.N. must unequivocally condemn Hamas’s utter disregard for ⁣human life ​and the‍ terror they are inflicting on Israelis and the innocent ⁣Palestinians they ⁣use as human shields.

Ms. Luna’s​ bill‌ was supported by an⁢ array of co-sponsors, including Reps. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.)​ and Greg Steube (R-Fla.) ​and‍ Republican Reps. Brian ‍Babin, Lance Gooden, and Randy Weber of Texas; Andy​ Biggs of⁤ Arizona; Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma; Eric Burlison of Missouri; John‌ Curtis of Utah; Nicole ‍Malliotakis and George Santos of New York; ‍Mary Miller of Illinois; Jeff⁢ Van Drew of New Jersey; Andy Ogles of Tennessee; and Victoria Spartz of Indiana.

“The hypocrisy in all of this is while the UNHRC lectures Israel on defense, China (one of their HRC members)‍ is actively⁤ putting Muslims in concentration camps,” Ms. Luna said. “It’s time they save the world their virtue-signaling and we defund them.”

Mr. Brecheen offered his support for the legislation, saying in a post on X, “It should⁢ not ⁤be hard to unequivocally reject and condemn terrorism, but that is unfortunately where the United Nations⁤ currently ​stands.

“We should not be ​giving a dime to the United Nations Human Rights Council until the UN condemns Hamas for its heinous attack on Israel earlier this month. I will always stand with Israel and its right to defend itself from⁣ neighboring countries that want to wipe it off​ the map. Why won’t the UN stand with Israel too?”

Support in the⁤ GOP ⁢House

The Republican-controlled⁢ House of Representatives has shown strong support ⁤for ⁤Israel, a longtime ally ‍of the United ‌States, since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

As his first legislative act in ⁤his leadership role, ‍House Speaker Mike ‍Johnson (R-La.) ​carried a resolution in support of standing with Israel to the floor of the House.

The resolution​ was approved by a vote of 412–10, ⁣with six representatives⁣ voting “present” on Oct. ‍25,‍ mere hours after the⁤ new speaker was sworn in.

President Biden also previously called for support for Israel and Ukraine ⁤in a recent Oval ⁤Office address, saying on Oct. 19 that both should receive increased funding.

According​ to the president, Israel and Ukraine winning their respective conflicts is in the United States’ national security interest.

“You know, history has ​taught us ‍that when terrorists don’t ‌pay a price for their terror, when dictators don’t pay a price for their aggression, ‍they cause more‍ chaos and death‌ and more destruction,” he‌ said.

President Biden went on to underscore his belief that aid was necessary, saying “They keep going, and the cost and the threat to America and the world keep rising.”

In his comments on Ms. Luna’s⁤ legislation, Mr. Burlison pointed to the nature of the attacks on the Untied States ally, saying, “Hamas’s disgusting attack on innocents in Israel should be denounced in⁤ every possible way and it’s a disgrace the UN has refused​ to condemn ‍Hamas. It’s our duty as leaders of the ​free world to⁣ defend them. The UNHRC should be ashamed and ​not a single cent of American tax dollars should fund this corrupt organization.”

Is it⁤ hypocritical for the ​UNHRC to focus on condemning Israel while turning a blind eye to human rights ⁣violations by other countries?

He UNHRC condemn Hamas and stand against terrorism?”‌ Mr. Brecheen⁤ added.

Tensions in the Middle East

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has led ‌to heightened tensions in⁣ the Middle East. The‍ recent terrorist⁣ attack​ by Hamas ​on October 7th, which resulted in the ⁣death of seven people, including a pregnant woman ‍and her unborn child, has further escalated the situation.

Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European⁤ Union, and other countries, has continuously carried out attacks against the people of ​Israel. The ⁢group has shown a‍ complete disregard for⁤ human life and has used innocent Palestinians as ⁢human shields. ​Such actions‍ are⁣ in clear violation of international human rights standards.

Despite these ⁢clear violations, the UNHRC has ‍failed to condemn Hamas for its actions. Funding the UNHRC without holding it accountable​ would be a ⁢tacit endorsement of its inaction‌ and a betrayal of our⁢ closest ally, ⁢Israel.

Rep. Luna’s bill, with its​ bipartisan support, seeks to rectify this⁢ situation.‌ It sends a clear message that the United States will not support an organization that compromises human rights‌ principles and​ fails to condemn terrorism.

Furthermore,​ the bill highlights the hypocrisy within the UNHRC. While the Council points​ fingers at Israel and lectures it on defense, it ​turns a blind eye to the gross human rights violations ⁢committed by countries like China, which ⁤is ‌a member of the UNHRC and openly engages⁤ in ⁢the persecution of its Muslim population.

It is time for‍ the UNHRC to uphold its⁢ mandate of promoting global human rights. Condemning Hamas⁢ should not ‍be a controversial or difficult task. The Stand With ⁤Israel Act⁢ provides a necessary and urgent opportunity for the UNHRC to demonstrate⁣ its ​commitment to human rights and condemn terrorism.

By defunding​ the UNHRC‍ until it unequivocally condemns Hamas, the United States can send a strong⁢ message that it will not tolerate ⁢the targeting of​ its closest ally and the ongoing terror inflicted on innocent people.

Support from Congress

Rep. Luna’s bill has received significant support from members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats. This bipartisan backing ‌demonstrates the shared belief that terrorism must ⁢be condemned without reservation.

The⁢ bill showcases ⁣the commitment of lawmakers like Reps. Jared Moskowitz, Greg ⁣Steube, and an array of other representatives from various states who stand firmly ​in support of Israel’s ‍right to defend itself against terrorist threats.

It is encouraging to see representatives from both parties bridging political divides to prioritize the safety and security‌ of ⁢our closest ally. United in their condemnation of ‌terrorism, these ⁤lawmakers provide hope for a more united and principled approach ‌in addressing global​ challenges.

The ‍Path Forward

The Stand With Israel Act, introduced by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, offers a clear path forward to address the UNHRC’s‌ inaction⁤ on Hamas and its failure to condemn⁣ terrorism. By defunding the UNHRC until a resolution condemning Hamas is enacted, the bill puts pressure on the Council to uphold its responsibility to promote and protect human rights.

The United States and its allies must take a strong stance against terrorism and hold ‍accountable those who support or tolerate it. The Stand With Israel Act provides an ​opportunity⁢ for the international community to demonstrate its ​commitment to human rights and unequivocally condemn terrorism.

As tensions continue to escalate in the Middle East, it is crucial ‍for the UNHRC to step up and condemn Hamas⁣ for ⁢its heinous ‌actions. The safety and security of ​innocent lives depend on ​it.

It ⁤is now ⁣up to the‌ UNHRC to choose between⁣ standing for human rights and condemning terrorism or continuing to ignore​ the atrocities committed by Hamas.⁣ The ‌international community is watching, and the consequences of inaction will have a lasting impact on the credibility and effectiveness of the Council.

The Stand ​With ‌Israel Act is not just‍ about condemning⁣ Hamas; it is about reaffirming our commitment to human rights,⁣ justice, and the fight ‍against terrorism.‌ It is a ⁣call for the UNHRC to live up to its mission and​ ensure that human rights are protected⁢ for all.

We urge the UNHRC to take this opportunity and pass a resolution condemning Hamas without delay, so⁣ that justice can ⁤be served, ‍and peace and security can prevail in the region.

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