This bill would reform the U.S. aid relationship with the PA and 2 UN agencies involved in Palestine-related work.
First, it would declare that the new Palestinian unity government is ‘Hamas-controlled,’ thereby triggering a cutoff in U.S. aid to the PA. (See ‘Limits on Aid to the PA’ under *H.R. 83 of 1/3/13 for more.)
Second, it would reduce U.S. funding of the UNHRC, forbid the secretary of state to make a voluntary contribution to the council, and prohibit the U.S. running for a seat on the council unless the secretary of state certified to Congress that the UNHRC’s agenda did not include a permanent item related to Israel or the Palestinian territories.
Third, it would cut all U.S. funding to UNRWA unless the secretary of state certified that the following qualifications were applicable: no employee or affiliate of the agency propagates or incites ‘anti-Israel or anti-Semitic rhetoric or propaganda’; no employee or affiliate is a member of Hamas or any other U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization; no UNRWA school, hospital, clinic, or other infrastructure is being used by Hamas for any reason, including storage of weapons; a third-party auditing firm has completed a comprehensive financial audit of the agency; UNRWA has implemented an effective system of vetting and oversight to prevent Hamas from using its resources; and finally, U.S. funds are not being received by Hamas or any other ‘terrorist organization.’
Finally, this bill would provide Israel funds equivalent to the amount withheld from the PA, UNHRC, and UNRWA for its Iron Dome missile defense system and for underground warfare training and technology to identify and deter tunneling from Gaza into Israel.
1 cosponsor (1R).
See also: H.R. 3979 of 1/31/14 and S. 2410 of 6/2/14.
Last major action: 7/31/14 Read twice and referred to the Senate Comm. on Foreign Relations.