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 »
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 »
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 »
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.”
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 »
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 »
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. Continue Reading »
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.
“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. Continue Reading »
VIEW 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 »
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 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 »