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US Congress members demand removal of UN official for anti-Israel bias

UN Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese addresses the UN, October 2022. (Photo: Screenshot)

A bipartisan group of 18 American Congress members are demanding the removal of controversial United Nations official Francesca Albanese, who has been accused of harboring anti-Semitic views. 

Albanese is cofounder of the Global Network on the Question of Palestine and has faced criticism from many for her refusal to condemn Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians. 

The lawmakers said they believe the Italian national’s conduct “patently demonstrate[s] her strong bias against Israel.”

“Her biased behaviors should have no place at the United Nations and clearly demonstrate the lack of impartiality,” stated the group in a joint letter to the United Nations. 

American lawmakers stressed that Albanese has failed to uphold a professional position of neutrality regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

“For an official tasked with serving as an independent, neutral and expert voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, her inexcusable silence against terrorism targeting Israelis, and her outrageous and prejudicial remarks, clearly reflect the irredeemable bias of her mandate,” stated the Congress members. 

“We strongly urge you to call for severing all ties with Ms. Albanese, help disband the Commission of Inquiry into Israel and recommit to a United Nations system free from antisemitic and anti-Israel bias,” they said.

The bipartisan lawmakers urged the UN to embrace a constructive role that would benefit both sides in the ongoing conflict. 

“We hope that you will instead work to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to ensure security, peace and prosperity for all, and request a detailed accounting of what you are doing to tackle the antisemitism and anti-Israel bias endemic in the U.N. system,” they said.

The UN has demonstrated a long history of bias against the Jewish state. Virtually every year, the UN passes more resolutions condemning Israel than all other countries combined. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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