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‘Stunt, total joke’ for UN to list IDF as child abusers, congressman says

Tennessee congressman Tim Burchett introduced a bipartisan bill that rejects the global body's decision.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) talks to reporters outside of the U.S. capitol on Dec. 14, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) talks to reporters outside of the U.S. capitol on Dec. 14, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images.

Washington’s greatest ally in the Middle East and its leadership try to protect life, while Hamas hides behind human shields “like a bunch of cowards,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) stated on Thursday.

The congressman sponsored a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 1323, criticizing António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, for including the Israel Defense Forces this month in the global body’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict “on a list of parties to conflict that have not put in place adequate measures to protect children.”

The resolution, in part, “condemns the United Nations’ longstanding bias against Israel across multiple United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Human Rights Council and United Nations Security Council.”

“This latest stunt by the United Nations is a total joke,” Burchett stated of listing the IDF in the report. “We need to make it clear to the United Nations that the United States completely supports Israel’s efforts to wipe these terrorists off the map.”

Reps. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) co-sponsored the resolution.

“This U.N. move is just the latest example of the ridiculous, antisemitic double standard that Israel has to deal with,” Moskowitz stated. “The United Nations will use kid gloves with Hamas after it murders over 1,000 innocent Israelis, but when Israel exercises its right to defend itself, the IDF gets put on the same list as the Taliban and Hezbollah.”

“If it wanted to make itself useful, the U.N. would be urging Hamas every day to accept a ceasefire and return the hostages,” Moskowitz added.

Lawler stated that the United Nations was once again “revealing itself for the cesspool of antisemitism it really is.”

“Again and again, they slander Israel for defending itself while giving the real human rights abusers a free pass and a free platform to spew their hateful propaganda under the guise of international legitimacy,” the congressman said. “Contrary to the lies of the Hamas apologists, IDF soldiers are not ‘child rights abusers.’ They are brave men and women defending their homeland and fighting to rescue their citizens.”

“The real ‘child rights abusers’ are the murderers who went door to door on Oct. 7 murdering innocent men, women and children in Israel,” Lawler said. “The IDF goes out of its way to avoid innocent casualties, dropping leaflets to warn civilians. Hamas, on the other hand, cowardly uses civilians as human shields, firing rockets from schools and hospitals.”

“They are the real oppressors of the Palestinian people,” he added. “This war won’t end until they surrender and release every remaining hostage.”

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