Rep. Joe Wilson introduces H. Res. 728, which condemns the UNHRC targeting of Israel
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after introducing H. Res. 728 today, which reaffirms the relationship between the United States and Israel, recognizes that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) wastes U.S. tax dollars by targeting Israel, and reiterates that the UNHRC needs to stop unfairly targeting Israel.
“Israel is America’s most valued ally in the region, and we must stand up for our friends when they are being treated unfairly. Recently, we have seen the United Nations disproportionately targeting Israel, with six anti-Israel resolutions passed last year alone. This is unacceptable.”
“I agree with President Donald Trump, the UNHRC’s recent actions fall far outside of the scope of their mandate, and are a waste of time and resources that could be used more effectively. Even the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “disappointment” with the UNHRC singling out Israel, given the multitude of other human rights violations occurring around the world.”
“I am grateful for the leadership of President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who have restored American leadership on the world’s stage by renewing our commitment to peace through strength. I am hopeful that this resolution will send a clear signal that America will condemn discriminatory treatment towards Israel.”
Between 2006 and 2014, the UNHRC spent a third of its special sessions on condemning Israel, while not dedicating a single special session on China or Russia. Israel is also the only country in the world to receive a permanent agenda item at the UNHRC, #7.