Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports American Immunity Demand

Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) renews its previous demands for immunity and again strongly supports the US veto of an extension of United Nations peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and all other such operations unless and until the Security Council or other proper bodies grant US forces and the United States immunity from prosecution with respect to the new global criminal court. JWV's agreement with the US position was announced by JWV National Commander Bernard Becker. "Despite the three-day extension the US has agreed to, the primary problem remains unresolved," Mr. Becker said. "How can the US send troops to other countries under a UN or any other mandate when this International Criminal Court might turn around the next day and charge them with some crime if the political winds shift?" Mr. Becker continued, "The US has responsibilities in the world, and it is important that places like Bosnia receive the support and protection they need. But our first responsibility is to the men and women of the US Armed Forces. If the other countries don't understand that, it is a poor reflection on their understanding of US concerns which have been explained to them at great length in recent months." "If President Bush does not receive the reassurances he needs, the US members and our support of the force in Bosnia should be withdrawn immediately," Mr, Becker concluded. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry. JWV supports American youth through scouting, scholarships and anti-drug programs. The organization supports strong U.S.-Israeli relations by sponsoring an Allied Veterans' Missions to Israel each year. JWV is dedicated to America's veterans. Through its hospital, rehabilitation and veterans' service programs, JWV assists the Veterans' Service Offices in major cities throughout the country. JWV supports the underprivileged, homeless, and handicapped of our nation through a variety of civic betterment projects, including low-cost, federally subsidized senior citizens housing.


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