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HR 2829 Targets Palestinian Statehood - by Stephen Lendman

Lawless extremists infest Congress like crabgrass besets lawns. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) is one of the worst.

She once supported assassinating Fidel Castro, telling the Miami Herald: "If someone were to do it, I wouldn't be crying."

She also endorses US imperial wars, police state laws, corporate empowerment, tax cuts for the rich, laying waste to Libya, perhaps a second Bay of Pigs, and Israeli lawlessness, while, at the same, opposing Palestinian statehood.

On August 30, (with 57 co-sponsors) she introduced "HR 2829: To promote transparency, accountability, and reform within the United Nation system, and for other purposes."

It's also called the "United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011."

The bill was referred to the House Foreign Affairs committee she heads, one of many examples of deplorable governance in America, letting criminals, extremists, and racists run it. 

No wonder the business of America is war, ravaging countries throughout North Africa/the Middle East/and Central Asia, while, at the same time, supporting the world's most despotic, venal regimes.

Israel is one of many, committing slow-motion genocide against millions of Palestinians under occupation. Ros-Lehtinen apparently approves, besides wanting to deny their right to statehood and full de jure UN membership.

In September, that may change as the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ask the General Assembly for full status recognition. Washington and Israel oppose it. So does Ros-Lehtinen.

If enacted, her bill will slash UN contributions and punish its organizations for embracing full Palestinian rights.

It "(o)pposes efforts by the Palestinian leadership to evade a negotiated settlement with Israel" by seeking UN recognition, and "(w)ithholds US contributions from any UN agency or program that upgrades the status of the PLO/Palestinian observer mission."

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), providing humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees and Gazans under siege will be specifically targeted by her bill. 

So will the Human Rights Council and an anti-racism conference mischaracterized as a platform for anti-Israeli rhetoric.

In other words, Ros-Lehtinen supports Palestinian servitude under permanent militarized occupation, denying them the full sovereign rights they deserve. 

She prefers collective punishment, stolen land, expanded settlements, Gaza's siege, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, police state enforcement, and other policies like America's, ones she also endorses.

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