Is this good news or bad?
Congress threatens to withhold contributions to the U.N. 
What is the down side to that?
I don't agree with the reason, but I certainly agree that we need to pull out of the U.N. and stop the funding.

Council for the National Interest Foundation
Ever since the publication of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict detailing Israeli war crimes in its invasion of Gaza (“the Goldstone Report”), there have been efforts to reject and repudiate the report’s findings. The Obama Administration has questioned the conclusions, the media has largely ignored the crimes against civilians that it describes, and Congress has been working hard to put pressure on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone Report in its entirety.

The objective of Israel’s friends is to protect its government and defense forces from any accountability for the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians and many of whom were children.

The strenuous efforts by the United States to shield Israel makes America complicit in a cover-up of war crimes—which is precisely how the rest of the world sees it.

Senate Resolution 138
, which passed on April 14th, called on the United Nations to annul the Goldstone Report, demanded that the UN Human Rights Council actually be restructured so that it will stop criticizing Israel, and called on the White House to take the lead to "limit the damage that this libelous report has caused to our close ally Israel..."

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives is currently considering a bill, House Resolution 1501, “To withhold United Nations contributions to the United Nations until the United Nations formally retracts” the Goldstone report. As the committee is headed by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a passionate supporter of Israel, it is certain that the bill will go to the House for approval.

It’s time to push back against the Israel lobby and prove to Congress and the media that there is another side to the story. Your Council for the National Interest is leading the way in this battle.

Background information on the issue can be found in the statement made by Goldstone's co-authors and in an article by CNI executive director Phil Giraldi. Also, a fact sheet with additional information on the Gaza invasion can be downloaded or ordered in bulk at If Americans Knew.

However one feels about the United Nations in general, it is difficult to understate the damage this bill will do to America’s standing vis-à-vis a number of international bodies. There is no possible explanation for this legislation but to protect Israel from any legitimate criticism. As is frequently the case, the United States and its citizens will pay the price in terms of America’s approval rating sinking even lower worldwide.

HR 1501 is another opportunity for CNI to educate and motivate Americans on the power of the Israel lobby. And frankly, it's another reason for you to show your support for our ongoing work—this current fight is only one we are fighting on many fronts. I hope you will be generous with a gift of $25, $50 or even $250.

Contact your Representative now
and state your view that this bill does not benefit the United States and will, in fact, do terrible damage to our country’s international standing. Sacrificing American interests for those of a foreign power—i.e., defending Israel from any disapproval—is not a principal enshrined in the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights.


Alison Weir, President
Council for the National Interest
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