REPRESENTATIVES LIEU & ROSKAM SEND LETTER IN OPPOSITION TO UNESCO RESOLUTION

October 21, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R | Illinois) sent a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Rev. Thomas J. Reese, urging him to condemn the recently passed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) resolution, which denies Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem and its holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Last week, Congressman Lieu also issued a statement disapproving the passage of the draft resolution. 

Excerpt from the letter:

"This resolution, Item 25 of the Executive Board's 200th session, titled "Occupied Palestine," contemptibly denies Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem and its holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall."

"Your commission, tasked with the critical issue of defending the freedom of religion, can send a strong message by taking a firm stand against such bigoted resolutions. We hope you will join the many Members of Congress, from both parties, in speaking out against Item 25."
 

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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