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UNHRC passes arms embargo resolution against Israel with surprise votes

In a reversal of typical Human Rights Council voting patterns, several European countries that usually abstain from moves critical of Israel, voted in support of an arms embargo on Israel; Bahrain, which usually supports such measures (and recently signed a treaty with Israel), rejected the motion.

Israel has starring role in H.R.648, “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019”

As Congress tackles urgent issues of reopening government and setting the budget for the country, it takes the time to prioritize a foreign country: H.R.648 contains assurances that Israel will receive $3.8 billion for arms, and funding for refugee resettlement; the bill also includes threats to de-fund the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and any future state of Palestine–if US demands (dictated by the Israel lobby) are not met.