Tag Archive for U.S. Congress

U.S. Congress targets Hezbollah & Hamas with anti-human shield legislation

A bill that singles out Hamas & Hezbollah as habitual offenders of an inhumane tactic that violates international law was approved in the House of Representatives and is set to pass in the Senate, before being signed into law by President Trump.

By The Media Line

 

The US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting those who use “human shields” in military confrontations with Israel. The tactic is often employed by Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah organization, who Israel says conceal their arsenals in civilian structures such as schools, homes and hospitals.

The legislation—titled the “Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act”—passes to the Senate, where it is set to be approved, before heading to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. Continue Reading »

Obama administration report identified only 20,000 Palestinian refugees

Joining U.S. lawmakers to pressure the State Department to declassify an Obama-era report, Republican Senator Ted Cruz asserts,  ‘Access to report will help Americans have a transparent debate on U.S. funding of UNRWA.’

By Ariel Kahana

 

Members of the U.S. Congress are demanding the State Department make public a key report that includes precise figures on the number of people who became refugees in the 1948 War of Independence.

The existence of the State Department assessment, compiled and classified under the Obama administration, was first disclosed by the Washington Free Beacon six months ago.

Lawmakers say the report could impact how the U.S. Continue Reading »

Congress uses ‘war-time’ discretionary funds to pass Israeli missile defense program

Despite White House objections, Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include an additional $705 million for joint US-Israel missile defense needs, by tapping the Overseas Contingency Operations budget for the aid increase, a fund that was meant for US wartime readiness.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — Congress appears to have bucked the Trump administration this week by passing hundreds of millions of dollars in missile defense aid for Israel likely using funds historically reserved for current US wartime operations.

Arrow missile defense system. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The White House made clear over the summer that it was not opposed to the amount of aid proposed by Congress for Israel, but rather the vehicle for its delivery– an unprecedented use of dollars typically saved for US military readiness. Continue Reading »

U.S. Congress to get bipartisan resolution recognizing centenary of Balfour Declaration

The resolution states that Congress “commemorates the centenary of the Balfour Declaration; affirms its commitment to maintaining the strongest of bilateral ties with the State of Israel; and recognizes the importance of the establishment of the modern State of Israel as a secure and democratic homeland for the Jewish people.”

By JTA

 

A bipartisan resolution to be introduced in the U.S. Senate will recognize the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were to propose the resolution on Thursday. A concurrent resolution was to be proposed in the House of Representatives.

“It is entirely appropriate for the United States Congress to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement that ultimately led to the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948,” Lankford said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Bipartisan anti-BDS Bill rallies free speech battle in U.S. Congress

 

In a rare moment of bipartisanship since President Trump took office, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was jointly introduced by a House Republican and a Senate Democrat, with cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, yet free speech advocates are lining up to fight it.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, one of America’s largest civil liberties organizations announced opposition to a congressional bill that would target international efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, setting up an uncomfortable fight between US-based Israel lobbies and free speech advocates.

The ACLU– a union at the forefront of several battles against the Trump administration over the rights of immigrants, refugees and minority groups facing systemic discrimination– said the bill would make worse a 1970s-era law that had already stymied the ability of individuals and companies to exercise their constitutional right to boycott. Continue Reading »

U.S. Congressmen seeking to reverse State Dept policy on Jerusalem

 

52 Congressional lawmakers ask the Secretary of State in their letter to enforce a law passed by Congress in 2002 that requires the State Department to record Israel as a Jerusalem-born citizen’s birthplace on his/her passport.

By Erez Linn & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Almost seven years after the parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, an American born in Jerusalem, unsuccessfully sued the State Department to have “Jerusalem, Israel” listed as his place of birth on his U.S. passport, 52 members of Congress are calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reverse long-standing policy on the issue.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is one of 52 members of Congress asking to change long-standing U.S.

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REPORT: Trump’s State Dept thwart Obama’s devious attempt to transfer $221 million to Palestinians

 

The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Sec. of State John Kerry to send $221 million to the Palestinians, funds Obama had for some time been pressing to release, and was to be sent directly to the West Bank & Gaza.

By Alex Lockie and Associated Press

 

The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.

The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment, one of the Obama administration’s final acts in office, and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities. Continue Reading »

Just hours before leaving, Obama defies Congress, sends $221 million to Palestinians

 

During his final hours as POTUS, Barack Obama released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority, ignoring the GOP members of Congress that placed a ‘hold’ on the aid because of state incitement to violence & cash payments to convicted terrorists.

By The Associated Press

 

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas& Obama at White House – Photo: AFP

GOP Congress members have been holding up the money.

A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning, just before Donald Trump became president. Continue Reading »

U.S. lawmakers write UNESCO to not revise Jerusalem’s history

Ted Cruz and Ros-Lehtinen lead a bipartisan congressional effort urging UNESCO to reject latest Palestinian inspired resolution describing the Temple Mount and Western Wall as strictly a holy Muslim site.

By Ben Ariel

 

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are leading a bipartisan effort to stop the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from passing a resolution that would describe the Temple Mount and the Western Wall as holy Muslim sites, thus diminishing the historic and verified Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) - Facebook

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep.

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American lawmakers demand UNRWA produce true number of Palestinian refugees

 

“UNRWA is sort of becoming an entitlement program of the Middle East,” with the US giving hundreds of millions of dollars EVERY YEAR to UNRWA, to provide free education, free health & social services programs to 3rd generation descendants of anyone who once claimed to be a refugee.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON – Longstanding US support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is facing new questions this week, as both houses of Congress work to modify critical funding bills to determine the legitimacy of the agency’s operations.

A Palestinian refugee knocks on the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters with his walking stick.

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Watch: Congressman concerned over US aid to Palestinians used as payments to convicted killers

 

view videoWatch Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee outraged that financial assistance to the Palestinians is used to pay killers, inciting more and more to murder Jews, which is sustained indirectly with US foreign aid.

 

WASHINGTON — Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee agreed on Wednesday to strategize an end to a Palestine Liberation Organization program that offers monthly stipends to convicted murderers and terrorists.

Chairman Royce’s Opening Statement at Hearing on Financially Rewarding Terrorism in the West Bank
At a hearing on the matter, Democratic and Republican members vowed to coordinate on closing a loophole in US foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, which allows parent and subsidiary Palestinian organizations, such as the PLO, to continue the decade-old practice.
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NY Post blasts US for paying Palestinian terror attackers on Israelis

 

The New York paper calls on the U.S. Congress to halt Palestinian Authority funding, which is used to pay monthly stipends to families of the terrorists, that actually reward & encourage deadly terror attacks on Israeli civilians.

By David Rosenberg

 

An op-ed piece by the editorial board was published Friday night sharply condemning American funding for the Palestinian Authority, calling it an “outrage”.

Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Reuters

Noting the ongoing terror wave that’s left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, the New York Post highlighted the Palestinian Authority’s continuing funding for terrorists and their families, what the paper described as a “hefty reward from Abbas’ PA”. Continue Reading »

US Congress opens investigation of UNRWA schools for inciting terrorism

 

view videoVIEW VIDEO: US Congressmen to begin investigating incitement to terrorism against Jews in the UNRWA schools, as demonstrated in film by the Center for Near East Policy Research.

By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON

 

Members of the US House of Representatives are going to begin investigating incitement to terrorism in the Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools using material provided by a Jerusalem based research center, its director told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

A Palestinian refugee knocks on the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters with his walking stick. – Photo: REUTERS

“Congress is going to begin an official investigation of UNRWA using some of our material to look at creating new standards for the organization,” said David Bedein, director of the Jerusalem based Center for Near East Policy Research. Continue Reading »

US lawmakers press State Dept to reject UNHRC resolution assaulting Israel

 

Letter sent to Sec. of State Kerry ‘reminds’ him UNHRC Resolution violates both US Trade & US Customs laws, by urging countries to divest from Israel, which sets a dangerous precedent undermining US-Israel relationship, and financial security of American interests.

By Tova Dvorin

 

US Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA), along with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Trade Representative  Michael Froman this week, calling on them to oppose a UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“We write to urge you to take action to oppose the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) recent resolution calling for foreign divestment from Israel,” the letter began. Continue Reading »

US Congress Seeks to Fund Israeli Anti-Tunnel Tech For Use On Mexican Border

 

US gov’t sees partnership in the new Israeli-made tunnel detection technology a solution to halt illegal immigration from Mexico.

Israel Today Staff

 

Israel’s defense establishment is soon expecting an influx of US funds to complete work on an advanced anti-tunnel system that will hopefully prevent future terrorist incursions from the Gaza Strip.

IDF soldier surveys Hamas terror tunnel constructed to invade Israel with Palestinian terrorists. – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The American Congress approved involvement in the Israeli project already last summer, and Washington has now agreed to match the Israeli government’s financial contribution by transferring $120 million, according to Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. Continue Reading »