Democrats urge Biden to investigate Israel’s use of American weapons on Palestinians – Middle East Monitor

The President of the United States Joe Biden and the Secretary of State Joe Biden have asked the Democratic members of the Congress to investigate whether American weapons are being used by Israel in violation of the laws of the United States to abuse human rights. to do against the Palestinians.

The request was made in a letter that has so far been signed by ten members of the Conference. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading a campaign to gain the support of other Democratic lawmakers.

In the letter seen by MEMO, the Biden administration is recommended to change US policy towards Israel. “At this inflection point, we call on your administration to shift US policy in recognition of the escalating violence, further land grabbing, and denial of Palestinian rights,” the letter said. “Only through the protection of democracy, human rights, and self-determination for all Palestinians and Israelis can we achieve lasting peace.”

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The letter highlighted the “appalling violence” of Israeli occupation forces. He mentioned that the raid in Nablus killed 11 Palestinians, including a 72-year-old man and a 16-year-old child, as well as the violent attack by Israeli settlers who set houses, schools, vehicles on fire in February. , and businesses, killing one Palestinian and injuring more than 300 in the Palestinian town of Huwara.

The latest violence perpetrated by the Israelis comes amid an already violent year, the letter continued. “Israeli forces and settlers killed more than 85 Palestinians in 2023, including 16 children,” the members of Congress said, adding that the “previous year was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2004 and included the Israeli army’s killing of two Americans. citizens, Shireen Abu Akleh and Omar Assad Abu Akleh was an American-Palestinian journalist who was shot by an Israeli sniper.

The wide-ranging letter also expressed concern about Israel’s continued violation of international law; the policies of the foreign government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and America’s failure to hold Israel accountable. “Only clear steps to change political conditions will pave the way for peace,” the lawmakers said before calling on the Biden administration to ensure that US taxpayer funds do not support projects in illegal settlements and determine whether Israel is violation of the laws of the United States by using American weapons to. abuse of human rights.

According to Jewish Currents, the letter was written by Jamal Bowman and has so far been signed by nine additional lawmakers: Senator Bernie Sanders, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Summer Lee, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum , André Carson and Ayanna Pressley.

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