Rep. Zeldin Statement on Release of UNHRC Israel Report

March 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement after the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s report investigating the violence along the Gaza-Israel border from March 30, 2018, to December 31, 2018:

“This one-sided, highly biased and woefully inaccurate report fails to take into account key facts; most evidently, Hamas’ provocation and orchestration of this violence, its purposeful destabilization of order along the border and its continued incursions into Israel’s sovereign soil, including the launching of over 10,000 rockets and mortars on Israeli towns and villages and the dozens of tunnels enabling their death squads since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. These overt acts of violence have left Israel with no choice but to protect its border with the use of force. Israel has an inherent right of self-defense and will without hesitation act to protect innocent Israeli citizens who live near the border with Gaza. Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has the right to defend itself against a terrorist organization that refuses to recognize its very right to exist, and, as one of our nation’s greatest allies, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel as they safeguard their innocent citizens against violence at the hands of Hamas.”