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Orthodox Jewish Chamber Testifies at Historic Hearing Held on Capitol Hill by House Committee on Foreign Affairs Condemning the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel

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Wednesday November 8th, a historic hearing took place on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Committee on Foreign Affairs & Global Health. Chaired by Congressman Chris Smith, the hearing focused on highlighting the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel, specifically addressing the issue of UNRWA antisemitism and the poison it spreads.

It is imperative that the United States and the international community hold the UN accountable for its actions and demands a cessation of these biased practices.

In this historic hearing held on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, denouncing the UN Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ) of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs addressed the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel, particularly focusing on the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and its promotion of antisemitism that poisons Palestinian youth. Smith argued that the United Nations is the world's foremost legitimizer of antisemitism, which manifests in nearly every UN entity.

Smith’s hearing comes just weeks after Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan demanded the resignation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres inresponse to his remarks that “the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum”at a recent meeting of the UN Security Council. It also follows Iran’s recentappointment to chair a UN human rights council meeting in Geneva despite theregime’s egregious human rights violations and support for Hamas’ barbaricterrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians.


 

Smith emphasized that the recent genocidal atrocities committed by Hamas, including acts of terrorism and indiscriminate missile attacks, are a direct outcome of the unbridled antisemitism fomented and enabled by the United Nations. He stated that Israel has an absolute right to defend itself against such cowardly invasion and massacre by Hamas.

Smith, who has been advocating against antisemitism for over four decades, highlighted Natan Sharansky's "3-D" test for identifying antisemitism, which asserts that criticism of Israel becomes antisemitic when it demonizes Jewish people and Israel, delegitimizes the Jewish state, or applies double standards. He argued that the United Nations often hides behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel to promote antisemitism.

Among the UN entities promoting antisemitism, Smith specifically mentioned UNRWA, which was established in 1949 to provide aid to refugees but is criticized for perpetuating the conflict by fostering hatred of Jews among Palestinian youth. He pointed out that UNRWA's textbooks, curricula, summer camps, and official media all serve as incubators of hatred. Smith referred to reports by UN Watch and IMPACT-SE that document the deliberate hiring of teachers by UNRWA who praise Hitler, glorify terrorist attacks against Israeli children, and spread antisemitic conspiracy theories.

The historic hearing held by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs emphasis on condemning the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel, included the participation of distinguished House representatives including Rep Manning, Rep Markowitz, Rep Schneider, Rep Wild, Rep Hill, Rep James, and Rep Wilson. Their collective presence showcased a united front Denouncing the United States Dollar’s spent towards the UN calling out the United Nations not fulfilling its obligations and the unfair treatment Israel faces by the UN and its international forums.

During the hearing, Representative Manning eloquently spoke about how the UN's anti-Israel bias undermines prospects for peace in the region and unfairly isolates the Jewish state.

Representatives Markowitz, Schneider, Wild, Hill, James, and Wilson all echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the need for fairness and justice. They became the voices that condemned the UN's consistent singling out of Israel, calling for a shift in the international community's perspective.

Rep schneider repeatedly called on the United Nations failure and lack of action taken to free the 240 Hostages men women and children in Gaza.

With this historic hearing, members of Congress showcased their commitment to defending democratic values and advocating for the equal treatment of all nations. By addressing the UN's bigotry towards Israel, these representatives sent a strong message, urging the international community to reassess its approach and act in a manner that is just, equitable, and unbiased.

Smith further criticized UNRWA for hiring staff who celebrated and justified the Hamas massacre on social media. He argued that the organization's continued funding despite such behavior illustrates a systemic problem. In 2018, former President Trump ceased all US funding to UNRWA, but President Biden reversed that policy and has granted the organization a billion dollars.

The House Committee Chairman also discussed the UN Human Rights Council's hypocrisy in demonizing Israel while ignoring human rights abuses of other nations. He stated that the Council has adopted zero resolutions on notorious human rights abusers such as China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba. Shockingly, Iran even chaired the UN Human Rights Council Social Forum, further highlighting the council's moral bankruptcy.

Smith criticized the UN General Assembly for adopting resolutions condemning Israel while often neglecting other countries. He mentioned the contentious 1975 UNGA Resolution 3246, which legitimized Palestinian terrorism and must be repealed, just as the resolution declaring "Zionism is racism" was repealed.

Moreover, Smith lamented the lack of condemnation from the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General's equivocal response to Hamas's atrocities. He argued that these responses only serve to excuse and relativize Hamas's actions.

Finally, Smith highlighted various UN bodies solely dedicated to harming Israel, such as the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Palestinian People and the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. He criticized the funding of these committees by the General Assembly and argued that they serve as propaganda channels for antisemitism, grievances, and maligning Israel. He pointed out that there are no similar committees dedicated to any other country in the world.

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, led by its Founder and CEO Duvi Honig submitted testimony to the Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing. The Chambers testimony highlighted the unjust treatment Israel receives at the hands of the UN, particularly in regards to its condemnation for minor infractions compared to the overlooking of major human rights abuses committed by Iran and other nations.

The Chambers Testimony highlighted how the United Nations was created after World War II with the goal of promoting global peace and security. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly biased against Israel, highlighting a deviation from its original purpose. This bias is evident in the appointment of Iran to head the UN Human Rights Committee, despite its own human rights violations, while simultaneously condemning Israel for its actions.

The recent evidence of Hamas' barbarism and terror inflicted on Israel and its citizens is clear, yet attempts to convince the UN to acknowledge and condemn these actions have proven futile. The UN's Secretary-General's recent statement justifying Hamas's atrocities further undermines any hope of persuasion.

It is disheartening to witness Israel's ambassador pleading with the UN to recognize the threats it faces. The UN is aware of these issues, but seemingly does not care. Israel should instead emphasize that it is a victim of an anti-Semitic UN body, rather than trying to prove what is already known.

To address this issue formally, the US government must hold the UN accountable for its failings and withdraw its funding. By berating the UN for its corruption and hypocrisy, the US can shed light on the biased treatment Israel receives and pressure the UN to change its behavior. It is essential to ensure justice prevails in the face of the UN's one-sided agenda.

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, represented by its Founder and CEO Duvi Honig, has identified and denounced the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel. The UN's biased treatment and overlooking of major human rights abuses raise questions about its commitment to justice and its deviation from its original purpose. It is crucial for the US government to hold the UN accountable and demand change.

Witnesses who testified included Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch calling on Francesca Albanese Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian to be fired ; Lincoln, Interim Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization; and Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President for Research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Chairman Chris Smith's hearing shed light on the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel, focusing on UNRWA's promotion of antisemitism among Palestinian youth. He argued that the UN is the primary legitimizer of antisemitism worldwide, culminating in the recent genocidal atrocities committed by Hamas. Smith called for a reevaluation of the UN's biased approach towards Israel and accountability for US Tax payers funds going towards UN institutions that propagate hatred and promote antisemitic violence.

The historic hearing on Capitol Hill chaired by Representative Chris Smith demonstrated their unwavering commitment to condemning the United Nations' bigotry towards Israel. The committees collective voice highlighted the need for fairness, justice, and unbiased treatment of all nations. This event serves as a reminder of the enduring strength of democracy and the importance of standing up against NEVER AGAIN.


 

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Delegation had the privilege of attending an After Hearing meeting at Chris Smith's office. It was truly inspiring to join forces with our delegation.