Posted on January 11, 2017 in Action Alerts
There are now at least two bills in the U.S. Senate that threaten to defund the United Nations because of the passage of UNSC 2334:
- The "Safeguard Israel Act," a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz, will immediately defund the United Nations and any UN agency if UNSC 2334 is not repealed.
- S. Res 6, which condemns the recent UN Security Council resolution stating the illegality of Israeli settlements. This bill was introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and goes on to warn United Nations agencies that if they were to recognize Palestinian statehood and allow Palestine to join, the United States would be forced by law to defund that agency.
These bills are dangerous. Not only do they abandon the long held U.S. policy against illegal Israeli settlements, the threat of defunding the United Nations poses a significant threat to our national security interests. Our economic, health, and security interests make it critical that we remain leaders in UN bodies like the World Health Organization, World Food Program, and the IAEA, to name a few.
These bills - while purporting to be about supporting Israel - undermine the long held U.S. policy towards settlements and the two-state solution. Protecting Israel from increasingly consequential scrutiny for their illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank AND threatening to defund the U.N. are diametrically opposed to the U.S.'s own interests.
The Senate will be taking up consideration of these bills any day.
Tell your member that they should oppose any bill that defunds the United Nations and protects Israel from scrutiny over illegal settlement activity.
Urge your member to VOTE NO on S. Res 6 today.