Hispanic Christian group joins lobbying effort against UN anti-settlement vote

 

The audience reacting to the United Nations Security Council's Dec. 23 vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

(JNS.org) The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), a leading pro-Israel Latino Christian initiative, is planning to mobilize its leadership and supporters to lobby Congress Jan. 11 to reject the United Nations Security Council's recent resolution that condemns Israeli settlements.

The Dec. 23 resolution, HILC said in a statement, denies “the Jewish people rights to their own homeland as well as threatening the very survival of Christians to our holy sites in the biblical heartland."

Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC—a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which calls itself America's largest international Hispanic evangelical organization—said the resolution strengthens “the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and it will lead to more world court actions based on international law.”

HILC “intends to work with our friends in President [Donald] Trump’s administration and in Congress to defund the morally bankrupt United Nations, we also call upon evangelicals and elected officials across the nation to affirm President-elect Trump in rectifying the reckless actions of President [Barack] Obama,” Bramnick said.

Additionally, HILC plans to join other pro-Israel Christian groups—including Christians United for Israel and 175 church leaders—to encourage Congress to pass a resolution condemning the U.N. resolution and urging Obama not to return to the Security Council for another resolution targeting Israel.

“Our hope is that by lobbying on Jan. 11, the message will be heard by both the Senate and the president, who will be attending the Paris Summit [on Mideast peace] Jan. 15, that the United States stands by its ally, Israel, and will not stand idly by while the world condemns the only country in the Israel-Palestine conflict that has taken action toward achieving peace,” said Robert Nicholson, executive director of the Philos Project, one of the Christian groups planning on attending the Jan. 11 lobbying effort.

Posted on January 3, 2017 .