House Appropriations Committee Approves Restrictions on U.S. Funding for UN and Palestinian Authority

(Algemeiner) Ben Cohen - The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved restrictions on American funding for both the UN and the Palestinian Authority. There will be "no funding for the (UN) Human Rights Council unless the Secretary of State determines that it is in the national security interest and the Council stops its anti-Israel agenda and increases transparency in the elections of its members," the committee said in a statement. "The bill also prohibits funds for UN organizations headed by countries that support terrorism, and withholds a portion of funds for the UN and international organizations until transparency and accountability measures are met." The bill "maintains restrictions on the PA," including a requirement to reduce funds to the Palestinians by an amount "equivalent to that expended by the PA as payments to prisoners that committed acts of terrorism." Funding will be cut off "if there is a Palestinian government formed through an agreement with Hamas or if the Palestinians are not acting to counter incitement." An additional provision would restrict Palestinian diplomatic representation in the U.S. in the event that the PA initiates an International Criminal Court investigation against Israel.

2017-07-21 00:00:00

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