Countering Anti- Semitism and Anti-Israel Activities at the United Nations Act of 2017

B”H

115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 169

To counter anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            January 17, 2017

 Mr. Rubio (for himself and Mr. Cotton) introduced the following bill; 
which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

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                                 A BILL


 
To counter anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Countering Anti-
Semitism and Anti-Israel Activities at the United Nations Act of 
2017''.
SEC. 5. UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND 
              WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST.

    (a) In General.--Section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 
1961 (22 U.S.C. 2221(c)) is amended to read as follows:
    ``(c) Palestine Refugees; Considerations and Conditions for 
Furnishing Assistance.--The United States may not provide contributions 
to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in 
the Near East (UNRWA) for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, a 
successor entity or any related entity, or to the regular budget of the 
United Nations for the support of UNRWA or a successor entity for 
programs in the West Bank and Gaza, until the Secretary certifies to 
the appropriate congressional committees (as defined in section 226) 
that--
            ``(1) no official, employee, consultant, contractor, 
        subcontractor, representative, or affiliate of UNRWA--
                    ``(A) is a member of Hamas or any United States-
                designated terrorist group; or
                    ``(B) has propagated, disseminated, or incited 
                anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic rhetoric or propaganda;
            ``(2) no UNRWA school, hospital, clinic, other facility, or 
        other infrastructure or resource is being used by Hamas or an 
        affiliated group for operations, planning, training, 
        recruitment, fundraising, indoctrination, communications, 
        sanctuary, storage of weapons or other materials, or any other 
        purposes;
            ``(3) UNRWA is subject to comprehensive financial audits by 
        an internationally recognized third party independent auditing 
        firm and has implemented an effective system of vetting and 
        oversight to prevent the use, receipt, or diversion of any 
        UNRWA resources by Hamas or any United States-designated 
        terrorist group, or their members; and
            ``(4) no recipient of UNRWA funds or loans is a member of 
        Hamas or any United States-designated terrorist group.''.
    (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
            (1) the President and the Secretary should lead a high-
        level diplomatic effort to encourage other responsible nations 
        to withhold contributions to the United Nations Relief and 
        Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (referred 
        to in this section as ``UNRWA'') to any successor or related 
        entity, or to the regular budget of the United Nations for the 
        support of UNRWA or a successor entity (through staff positions 
        provided by the United Nations Secretariat, or otherwise) until 
        UNRWA has met the conditions listed in subparagraphs (A) 
        through (F) of section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 
        1961, as added by subsection (a);
            (2) citizens of recognized states should be removed from 
        UNRWA's jurisdiction;
            (3) UNRWA's definition of a ``Palestine refugee'' should be 
        changed to that used for a refugee by the Office of the United 
        Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and
            (4) it should be the goal of the United States to eliminate 
        UNRWA and give the Office of the United Nations High 
        Commissioner for Refugees full responsibility for Palestine 
        refugees (as defined by the Office of the United Nations High 
        Commissioner for Refugees).
    (c) Report.--The Secretary of State shall--
            (1)(A) fulfill the reporting requirement relating to the 
        United Nations Relief and Works Agency under the Protracted 
        Refugee Situations subheading in Senate Report 112-172, as 
        referenced under the Migration and Refugee Assistance heading 
        in Senate Report 113-81 and Senate Report 113-195; and
            (B) publish an unclassified version of the report not later 
        than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; or
            (2) if the Secretary is unable to fulfill the requirement 
        under paragraph (1), submit a written justification to the 
        Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee 
        on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives that 
        describes the specific reasons why such requirement cannot be 
        met.
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