U.S. House Votes to Reform U.N. and Block Palestinian Statehood

Nathanael Bennett
American Center for Law and Justice
10/13/2011

A few weeks ago, the ACLJ called for the U.S. Government to defund the United Nations (U.N.) if they voted to grant unilateral statehood to the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority. We asked you to support legislation being introduced in Congress to reform and defund the U.N. Over 30,000 of you responded, signing our Petition to Defund the United Nations and Protect Israel. Now, that legislation is moving through Congress and has overcome the first hurdle toward true reform of the U.N. We need thousands more to show their support for this legislation by signing this petition. [emphasis CAJ]

For far too long, the U.S. has funded an enormous portion of the U.N. (22% of the general fund last year, plus billions for other voluntary programs and peacekeeping efforts), but has received very little of value in return. To the contrary, the U.N. continues to have an atrocious record on human rights, anti-Semitism, and a whole host of other matters. It has been our position that if the U.N., and all of its subsidiaries, wants U.S. funding, it must demonstrate that it will abide by the charters governing it.

That is why we applaud the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee for passing H.R. 2829, the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act, earlier today. The bill is sponsored by Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who recent appeared on Jay Sekulow Live! to discuss the bill.

H.R. 2829 does a number of important things, including converting the U.N. funding formula to one that is almost entirely voluntary…

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