WASHINGTON (Oct. 21)
The Senate and House are preparing to introduce a joint resolution informing the 142 member states of the United Nations of their condemnation of the United Nations of their condemnation of the anti-Zionist resolution adopted by the General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee) last Friday and urging the General Assembly “to disapprove the said resolution if and when it is presented for a vote before that body.”
The joint resolution, due for introduction late this afternoon, declares that the UN draft “wrongfully associates and equates Zionism with racism and racial discrimination” and that the purposes and principles of the United Nations thereby “are threatened with being nullified and subverted.” The joint resolution, backed by the leadership of both major parties in both chambers of Congress is to be presented to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. Daniel Moynihan, with the request that he distribute copies to all UN delegates prior to the General Assembly’s plenary session which is expected to act on the Third Committee’s draft.
The five co-sponsors in the House are Reps. Thomas O’Neill (D.Mass.) and John McFall (D. Calif.). Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader, respectively; Reps. John Rhodes (R. Ariz.) and Robert H. Michel (R.III.), the Minority and Deputy Minority Leaders; and Rep. John Anderson (R.III.). chairman of the Republican House Conference.
Other prime movers behind the resolution in the House included Reps. Sidney Yates (D.III.). Jonathan Bingham (D.NY) and Don Fraser (D. Minn.).
In the Senate, the immediate co-sponsors were Republican Minority Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, Jacob K. Javits (R.NY), William Brock (R. Tenn.). and Richard Stone (D. Fla.). The prime movers of the Senate resolution, which is identical to that of the House, included Lloyd Bentsen (D.Tex.). Harrison Williams (D.NJ). Richard Schweiker (R.Pa.), and Abraham Ribicoff (D. Conn.).
CHARGE SUBVERSION OF UN CHARTER
The joint resolution points out that the “United States, as a founder of the United Nations, has a fundamental interest in promoting the purposes and principles for which that organization was created.”
It states that the UN Charter specifies that the purposes of the world organization are “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights of self-determination of peoples” and to “achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without discrimination as to race, sex, language or religion.”
The joint resolution charges that “such purposes are threatened with being nullified and subverted” by the draft adopted in the Third Committee which “wrongfully associates and equates Zionism with racism and racial discrimination.” In that connection, the resolution noted that the U.S. representative to the Third Committee declared that its action, “under the guise of a program to eliminate racism,” was actually “officially endorsing anti-Semitism…one of the oldest and most virulent forms of racism known to human history.”