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house Bill H. Res. 11

Should the House Condemn the U.N. Security Council’s Resolution on Israeli Settlements?

Argument in favor

The U.N. Security Council’s resolution unfairly targeted Israel for its settlements without providing a balanced criticism of Palestinian terrorism. It also sought to impose a solution to the issue of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which is something the Israelis and Palestinians need to work out themselves without the U.N.’s assistance.

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01/05/2017
YES! And then they should VOTE TO DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS!! Another reason to DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS! They just sent Iran 🇮🇷 130 tons of uranium! VIDEO: https://youtu.be/eeITSvLFAqw AND YET ANOTHER REASON TO DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Speaks Out Against America’s School Textbooks By Cheryl Chumley - on January 12, 2017 Once again, the United Nations has waded into America’s business, tossing notions of sovereignty to the wind and taking on U.S. schools, saying the textbooks chosen by teachers, parents and administrators across the nation just aren’t up to global par. “In fact, through the UN “education” agency UNESCO, the global body is seeking to dictate school textbook content to promote its agenda globally. And top UN officials regularly brag about seeking to shape the attitudes, values, ethics, and even spirituality of children worldwide,” the New American reported. http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/25105-un-meddles-in-u-s-school-district-s-textbook-selections Here’s the backstory: Apparently, a student’s mother back in November complained to local school officials about a social studies textbook, “The Connecticut Adventure,” that was called out for its “paternalistic” and “insensitive” treatment of the issue of slavery. Image: An excerpt from “The Connecticut Adventure,” a fourth-grade textbook that sparked backlash for its perceived insensitivities toward race and slavery. Specifically, the book mentioned how Connecticut families, by and large, didn’t own as many slaves as those in other states and also, by and large, treated them in Christian fashion, like members of their own families. Local officials listened to the critics and tossed the book. And the publisher even announced intent to revise the pertinent sections. But apparently, word of the brouhaha reached the United Nations. And the global body’s left-of-left human rights officials went ballistic. From the New American: “Somewhere along the line, a team of self-styled UN ‘human-rights experts’ caught wind of the story, and decided to try to exploit yet another local issue to justify the UN outfit’s existence, to demonize America, and to meddle in what should have been a local matter for local elected officials. “‘The chapter discussing the history of slavery in Connecticut is a distortion of the true nature of enslavement,’ fumed Ricardo Sunga, a self-styled ‘human rights expert’ who, despite not being African, leads the UN ‘Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.’ That paternalistic outfit was established by the dictator-controlled UN “Human Rights” Council to supposedly stand up for Africans and their descendants, as if they needed special UN protection. “In a press release posted on the UN News Center and the website of UN human rights chief Zeid Hussein, a prince of an Islamic dictatorship, Sunga instructed local American school officials as if he were in charge. “These deeply offensive texts should be replaced with accurate depictions of history which convey the message of the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings,” Sunga was quoted as saying, adding that textbooks the UN disagrees with ‘may lead to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance.’ “In a bit of irony, instead of choosing an African to run the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, the UN chose Sunga III from the Philippines, a country that surveys show is one of the most racist countries in the world. The same UN outfit last year visited America to demand reparations for slavery, more infringements on the constitutionally protected rights to self-defense and to keep and bear arms, an end to voter ID laws, and much more. “It was not clear why the UN could not find an African or at least a person of African descent to lead the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The outfit’s previous boss, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, is from France, though at least she reportedly had an African ancestor on one side of the family. Critics said the lack of African leaders for the African group might reflect institutional UN bigotry.” Here’s a principle that could go far at the United Nations: Look to remove the log from your own eye before pointing to the splinters in the eyes of others. Again, the New American: “When it comes to Africa, the UN and its oftentimes brutal ‘peacekeeping’ forces have become infamous for terrorizing and abusing Africans, for extreme corruption, and for other lawlessness. Yet rather than cleaning up its own house, the UN prefers to demonize America, where its armies of self-styled “experts” always have a lot to say about alleged racism. “For example, in July, following the murder of five Dallas police officers by at least one racist ‘black power’ activist who said he hated whites, the UN put out an official press release touting ‘black lives matter’ and blasting American law enforcement for ‘structural racism.’ The UN’s ‘experts’ on ‘people of African descent’ — the same bureaucrats attacking local school officials in Connecticut — also called for prosecuting and punishing local police officers involved in two fatal shootings, before investigations were even complete. … “But on textbooks, at least, it is not just Americans under UN attack over what is taught (or not) in school: Africans are also under fire by the UN for choosing textbooks the UN dislikes. In Africa and beyond, school children and the textbooks they read are being targeted, in particular, by the communist-controlled UN “education” agency known as UNESCO. “Just last month, UNESCO issued a ‘Global Education Monitoring’ report blasting education authorities in Uganda, Kenya, Algeria, Zimbabwe, and other nations because they chose textbooks that allegedly show women in ‘traditional roles,’ including ‘housework.’ The report also complains that school textbooks used in Africa do not sufficiently promote “global citizenship,” homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, global-warming alarmism, and more. “The UN even argues that private schools must be made to submit as a requirement of what it calls ‘international law.’ UNESCO also has a radical scheme known as the ‘World Core Curriculum’ that its minions hope to impose on schools around the world, along with everything from pseudo-history and quack reading schemes to programs for the sexualization of children. Cheryl Chumley is an author, award-winning journalist and columnist who covers politics and culture for numerous news sites. You can follow her at www.CherylChumley.com or on Twitter, ckchumley. http://pamelageller.com/2017/01/u-n-speaks-americas-school-textbooks.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
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01/05/2017
The UN resolution does not recognize the most historic and holiest sites of Judaism as part of the Jewish state. While allies can differ over the expansionary nature of these settlements, the UN calls for Israel to retract to an arbitrary set of borders that would render the country virtually indefensible. I hope that the US can find a more constructive means to influence the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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01/07/2017
It was not the UN's place to tell Israel where they cannot build their houses WITHIN THEIR OWN TERRITORY. As Israel's long time friend and ally, we should do what we can to defend them in this after Obama so unforgivably betrayed them.
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Argument opposed

The U.N. Security Council’s resolution was justified in calling Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank “illegal” and wanting them stopped. Israel shouldn’t be building Jewish settlements on contested territory, and if anything the U.S. should have voted for the Security Council’s resolution rather than abstaining.

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01/05/2017
I support Israel on most issues, but the West Bank settlements are a decisive issue even within Israel. I happen to side with a very strong minority of Israeli citizens who oppose West Bank settlements. Furthermore, continuation of building new West Bank settlements makes a two-state solution nearly impossible. And I'm doubtful that *any* kind of "lasting" peace can be achieved without providing *some* kind of "home" for the Palestinian people - a whole nationality with no where to go. After almost 2000 years without a homeland, the majority of the Israeli people should have some understanding of the problem. Giving the Palestinians *somewhere* to have a homeland won't solve *all* of the problems in the Middle East. But I'm doubtful that it's even possible to make headway without providing somewhere for the Palestinians to go and feel at least somewhat safe. And only slightly less than half of Israeli citizens seem to agree based on previous elections.
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01/05/2017
Being pro two-state solution doesn't mean being anti-Israeli. Remember we, the U.S., agreed to that 38 billion dollar military support package just back in September. We are already a good friend to Israel, but friends must offer criticism at times otherwise our friendship will just become blind support.
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01/05/2017
We have to stop pretending like blind support for Israel is our only option, these settlements are displacing innocent people and need to be stopped.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 11?

This resolution would express the opposition of the House to a United Nations Security Council resolution that criticized Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank for undermining the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It reiterates that it is U.S. policy that lasting peace will only be accomplished through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and that international rulings that place more parameters on a final agreement make that harder to achieve. Additionally, it says that the U.S. should veto future resolutions that impose such preconditions or are one-sided and anti-Israel while trying to repeal of fundamentally modify Resolution 2334.

The House also took issue with the passage of the resolution for other reasons, including:

  • That a failure to exercise America’s veto reversed decades of bipartisan agreement on the role of the U.N. and outside actors in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process;

  • That it reduced the likelihood of Israelis and Palestinians restarting productive, direct peace negotiations;

  • That the resolution’s passage contributed to politically-motivated boycotts of and divestment from Israel in order to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct negotiations between them and the Palestinians which must be rejected.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed or have the force of law. It simply expresses the House’s opposition to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334.

Impact

The U.N. Security Council; and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 11

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued the following statement on the introduction of this legislation:

“[The Obama] administration has lost all credibility when it comes to Israel. The Administration’s stunt at the UN hurt our ally Israel and made peace in the region even more difficult to achieve. This Thursday, the House will not abstain from its responsibility and will vote on a bipartisan resolution reaffirming our longstanding policy in the region and support of Israel.”

This legislation’s cosponsor, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) has called the Obama administration’s decision to not veto the Security Council’s resolution a “parting shot” at Israel and offered the following statement after it was allowed to pass:

“I am very disappointed by the United States’ acquiescence to a one-sided, biased resolution at the United Nations Security Council. I have always believed that Israel can’t get a fair shake at the UN, and that is why Israel has relied on the United States to protect it from the anti-Israel tendencies of some UN Security Council members. This abstention represents a clear departure from that convention, and I consider this a break in the Obama administration’s word that they would veto biased or one-sided anti-Israel resolutions.”

This legislation has the bipartisan support of 52 cosponsors in the House, including 30 Republicans and 22 Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: U.S. State Department / Public Domain)

Official Title

Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes.

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  • The house Passed January 6th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 342 Yea / 80 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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    YES! And then they should VOTE TO DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS!! Another reason to DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS! They just sent Iran 🇮🇷 130 tons of uranium! VIDEO: https://youtu.be/eeITSvLFAqw AND YET ANOTHER REASON TO DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Speaks Out Against America’s School Textbooks By Cheryl Chumley - on January 12, 2017 Once again, the United Nations has waded into America’s business, tossing notions of sovereignty to the wind and taking on U.S. schools, saying the textbooks chosen by teachers, parents and administrators across the nation just aren’t up to global par. “In fact, through the UN “education” agency UNESCO, the global body is seeking to dictate school textbook content to promote its agenda globally. And top UN officials regularly brag about seeking to shape the attitudes, values, ethics, and even spirituality of children worldwide,” the New American reported. http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/25105-un-meddles-in-u-s-school-district-s-textbook-selections Here’s the backstory: Apparently, a student’s mother back in November complained to local school officials about a social studies textbook, “The Connecticut Adventure,” that was called out for its “paternalistic” and “insensitive” treatment of the issue of slavery. Image: An excerpt from “The Connecticut Adventure,” a fourth-grade textbook that sparked backlash for its perceived insensitivities toward race and slavery. Specifically, the book mentioned how Connecticut families, by and large, didn’t own as many slaves as those in other states and also, by and large, treated them in Christian fashion, like members of their own families. Local officials listened to the critics and tossed the book. And the publisher even announced intent to revise the pertinent sections. But apparently, word of the brouhaha reached the United Nations. And the global body’s left-of-left human rights officials went ballistic. From the New American: “Somewhere along the line, a team of self-styled UN ‘human-rights experts’ caught wind of the story, and decided to try to exploit yet another local issue to justify the UN outfit’s existence, to demonize America, and to meddle in what should have been a local matter for local elected officials. “‘The chapter discussing the history of slavery in Connecticut is a distortion of the true nature of enslavement,’ fumed Ricardo Sunga, a self-styled ‘human rights expert’ who, despite not being African, leads the UN ‘Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.’ That paternalistic outfit was established by the dictator-controlled UN “Human Rights” Council to supposedly stand up for Africans and their descendants, as if they needed special UN protection. “In a press release posted on the UN News Center and the website of UN human rights chief Zeid Hussein, a prince of an Islamic dictatorship, Sunga instructed local American school officials as if he were in charge. “These deeply offensive texts should be replaced with accurate depictions of history which convey the message of the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings,” Sunga was quoted as saying, adding that textbooks the UN disagrees with ‘may lead to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance.’ “In a bit of irony, instead of choosing an African to run the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, the UN chose Sunga III from the Philippines, a country that surveys show is one of the most racist countries in the world. The same UN outfit last year visited America to demand reparations for slavery, more infringements on the constitutionally protected rights to self-defense and to keep and bear arms, an end to voter ID laws, and much more. “It was not clear why the UN could not find an African or at least a person of African descent to lead the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The outfit’s previous boss, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, is from France, though at least she reportedly had an African ancestor on one side of the family. Critics said the lack of African leaders for the African group might reflect institutional UN bigotry.” Here’s a principle that could go far at the United Nations: Look to remove the log from your own eye before pointing to the splinters in the eyes of others. Again, the New American: “When it comes to Africa, the UN and its oftentimes brutal ‘peacekeeping’ forces have become infamous for terrorizing and abusing Africans, for extreme corruption, and for other lawlessness. Yet rather than cleaning up its own house, the UN prefers to demonize America, where its armies of self-styled “experts” always have a lot to say about alleged racism. “For example, in July, following the murder of five Dallas police officers by at least one racist ‘black power’ activist who said he hated whites, the UN put out an official press release touting ‘black lives matter’ and blasting American law enforcement for ‘structural racism.’ The UN’s ‘experts’ on ‘people of African descent’ — the same bureaucrats attacking local school officials in Connecticut — also called for prosecuting and punishing local police officers involved in two fatal shootings, before investigations were even complete. … “But on textbooks, at least, it is not just Americans under UN attack over what is taught (or not) in school: Africans are also under fire by the UN for choosing textbooks the UN dislikes. In Africa and beyond, school children and the textbooks they read are being targeted, in particular, by the communist-controlled UN “education” agency known as UNESCO. “Just last month, UNESCO issued a ‘Global Education Monitoring’ report blasting education authorities in Uganda, Kenya, Algeria, Zimbabwe, and other nations because they chose textbooks that allegedly show women in ‘traditional roles,’ including ‘housework.’ The report also complains that school textbooks used in Africa do not sufficiently promote “global citizenship,” homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, global-warming alarmism, and more. “The UN even argues that private schools must be made to submit as a requirement of what it calls ‘international law.’ UNESCO also has a radical scheme known as the ‘World Core Curriculum’ that its minions hope to impose on schools around the world, along with everything from pseudo-history and quack reading schemes to programs for the sexualization of children. Cheryl Chumley is an author, award-winning journalist and columnist who covers politics and culture for numerous news sites. You can follow her at www.CherylChumley.com or on Twitter, ckchumley. http://pamelageller.com/2017/01/u-n-speaks-americas-school-textbooks.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
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    I support Israel on most issues, but the West Bank settlements are a decisive issue even within Israel. I happen to side with a very strong minority of Israeli citizens who oppose West Bank settlements. Furthermore, continuation of building new West Bank settlements makes a two-state solution nearly impossible. And I'm doubtful that *any* kind of "lasting" peace can be achieved without providing *some* kind of "home" for the Palestinian people - a whole nationality with no where to go. After almost 2000 years without a homeland, the majority of the Israeli people should have some understanding of the problem. Giving the Palestinians *somewhere* to have a homeland won't solve *all* of the problems in the Middle East. But I'm doubtful that it's even possible to make headway without providing somewhere for the Palestinians to go and feel at least somewhat safe. And only slightly less than half of Israeli citizens seem to agree based on previous elections.
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    Being pro two-state solution doesn't mean being anti-Israeli. Remember we, the U.S., agreed to that 38 billion dollar military support package just back in September. We are already a good friend to Israel, but friends must offer criticism at times otherwise our friendship will just become blind support.
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    We have to stop pretending like blind support for Israel is our only option, these settlements are displacing innocent people and need to be stopped.
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    A two state solution has been dreamed about for years and both sides have been open to it. That resolution was really just keeping netenyahoo reminded of that truth. Those settlements that continue to grow make peace more and more difficult to reach.
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    It is not the Congress' job to deal with the UN. This is an overreach. Stay in scope.
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    The UN resolution does not recognize the most historic and holiest sites of Judaism as part of the Jewish state. While allies can differ over the expansionary nature of these settlements, the UN calls for Israel to retract to an arbitrary set of borders that would render the country virtually indefensible. I hope that the US can find a more constructive means to influence the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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    Human rights should be followed by everyone, even our allies. The West Bank settlements are cruel.
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    It was not the UN's place to tell Israel where they cannot build their houses WITHIN THEIR OWN TERRITORY. As Israel's long time friend and ally, we should do what we can to defend them in this after Obama so unforgivably betrayed them.
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    I've followed the Middle East situation closely for nearly 50 years. I'm a strong supporter of Israel, but they are in the wrong here. Every new settlement is an intentional slap in the face of the Palestinians. They have to stop if peace is the goal.
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    The settlements are illegal and a major barrier to a peace agreement.
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    Negotiating with foreign entities is not the job nor is it the purview of the House of Representatives - stick to legislating America.
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    I support the two-state solution and oppose settlements. That said, the resolution lacks any sense of balance. It does not address Palestinian terrorist act. More importantly, for the UN to single out Israel, while ignoring events in Syria is the height of hypocrisy. It's also worth noting that John Kerry who supported tough talk, in his own speech at the SD condemned settlements close to 70 times and only mentioned terrorism a little over a dozen times.
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    Why is the UN so hyper-focused on punishing the building projects of the only freedom-loving democracy in the Middle East? No resolutions against Syria, Cuba, N. Korea, Iran or any other brutal dictatorships around the world. Kerry bloated, "You cannot be Jewish and Democratic". What the hell does that even mean?? The UN should be defunded and kicked out of their cushy NYC facilities for their rampantly anti-Semitic actions. Shame on the outgoing cowardly administration for not vetoing this.
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    You don't make life more difficult for allies who have been for their entire existence as independent states in a state of war surrounded by enemies .
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    Israeli Settlements violate International law. The U.N. security council did the right thing.
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    Israel needs checks to its power just like any other nation.
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    Israel is a democratic sovereign nation. Palestinians once lived side by side. Then Hamas came on the scene disrupting through terrorist acts. In Hamas charter article 13 " there is no solution for the Palestinians except through jihad proposals and international conferences are a waste of time." Why not split up another country compatible with the blood thirst of jihad? Not with a nation that Hamas in their own words want to exterminate.
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    Israel is kicking the Palestinian people from their homes. For some reason they have entitlement to lands outside their borders? Shameful you would vote to shame the stopping of an injustice. This is nothing more than backing a country we are in bed with for the wrong reasons.
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    Supporting the UNs decision on Israeli settlements isn't anti-Semitic.
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