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Hispanic Christian Group Joins Lobbying Effort Against Anti-Settlement UN Vote

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The audience reacting to the United Nations Security Council's Dec. 23 vote on resolution 2334. Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

The audience reacting to United Nations Security Council’s Dec. 23 vote on Resolution 2334. Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias. – A leading pro-Israel Latino organization is planning to mobilize its supporters to lobby Congress next week to reject United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which deems Israeli settlements “illegal.”

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) rejected the resolution, passed Dec. 23 by the UNSC, saying it denies “the Jewish people rights to their own homeland” and”threaten[s] the very survival of Christians to our holy sites in the biblical heartland.”

Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of the HILC — a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL), self-described as the largest pro-Israel International Latino Christian organization in America — 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.”

Bramnick said that the HILC “intends to work with our friends in President [Donald] Trump’s administration and in Congress to defund the morally bankrupt United Nations,” adding, “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.”

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HILC plans to join other Christian groups and church leaders to encourage Congress to pass a resolution condemning that of the Security Council and to urge Obama not to return to the UNSC for an additional anti-Israel move.

“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 January 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 participating in the effort.

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