In a move to support Israel and hold the United Nations accountable, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) is leading the charge with a bipartisan bill. The legislation proposed on Monday aims to strip the United Nations Human Rights Council of taxpayer funding until it unequivocally condemns the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
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The “Stand With Israel Act” calls for withholding U.S. funding to the UNHRC until it passes a resolution condemning Hamas for its unprecedented attack on Israel on Oct. 7, a day that will be remembered for its tragic loss of about 1,400 lives.
Luna expressed her frustration with the UNHRC’s deafening silence, stating, “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.”
“The United States should not fund the UN Human Rights Council until it stops targeting our closest ally,” she added.
She continued by emphasizing the importance of standing by Israel and highlighting the terror inflicted upon both Israelis and innocent Palestinians used as human shields by the terrorist group Hamas.
In Luna’s view, the UNHRC needs to prioritize objective human rights over subjective ideological bias. She asserted that until this change occurs, the organization fails to uphold the values it professes to champion.
Luna didn’t stop there; she pointed out the hypocrisy within the UNHRC. While the council criticizes Israel’s defense measures, it turns a blind eye to China, one of its members, for its actions against Muslims in concentration camps. “It’s time they save the world their virtue-signaling and we defund them,” she stated.
The “Stand With Israel Act” has garnered significant support from both sides of the aisle. Co-sponsors include Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX), Randy Weber (R-TX), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Eric Burlison (R-MO), John Curtis (R-UT), George Santos (R-NY), Andy Ogles (R-TN), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) as well as Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), all united in their condemnation of Hamas’s terrorist activities and the UNHRC’s failure to address them.
“The UN’s inability to condemn Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attacks on Israel is an absolute disgrace to the international community,” Van Drew stated, emphasizing that American tax dollars should not fund such an organization.
Burlisoni echoed this sentiment, saying, “The UNHRC should be ashamed, and not a single cent of American tax dollars should fund this corrupt organization.”
This legislative initiative comes amid calls for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to resign over comments some view as rationalizing Hamas’ actions. Guterres had stated that the group’s attacks “did not happen in a vacuum,” claiming that “Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”