Proponents of peace in the United States and pro-Palestinian groups have called on President Joe Biden to stop selling $ 735 million worth of precision bombs to Israel, which the Biden administration has been quick to reverse.
“We are deliberately moving weapons to a country that is not only in aggression but also in mass human rights abuses,” said Houwaida Arraf, co-chair of the Palestinian National Bar Association, a Palestinian rights group in the United States. ,
“Our government is giving Israel an opportunity not only with the billions of dollars we are sending to Israel, but also by protecting Israel from any reporting,” al-Araf told Al Jazeera.
Coalition of more than 100 groups, including Churches for Middle East Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Friendly Committee on National Legislation, Democratic Democrats, MoveOn, Inseparable, Rising Movement political groups have signed an open letter to Biden. ,
“Planning to sell arms to Israel would send a signal of support for the recent Israeli-occupied operation in Gaza Strip, which violates international humanitarian law,” the group said in a statement.
“We believe that moving forward with these sales will undermine US moral values, national security interests, and contribute to possible violations of international humanitarian law by sending a green light to Israeli human rights abuses in Palestine,” the group said.
The Biden administration officially informed Congress about it planned arms sales of $ 735 million May 5, giving lawmakers 15 days to object. On May 21, the State Department issued a license to the manufacturer Boeing Comp to continue the sale.
Representative Alexandria Occasio-Cortez և Senator Bernie Sanders introduced resolutions in Congress block arms sales under the U.S. Arms Control Act.
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“This sale of Weapons is often a rubber stamp, there is a real lack of transparency in their operation,” said Beth Miller, Jewish Jewish Voice for Peace Senior Manager of Government Affairs.
“In the last few weeks, we have all seen the Israelis use these weapons,” Miller told Al Jazeera.
“They were used on apartment buildings and hospitals to damage COVID centers and to exterminate Palestinian families.”
During the 11 days of May, the Israeli bombing of Gaza killed 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, and displaced more than 58,000 people. Twelve people, including two children, have been killed in Israel by rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Although the arms sale has now received strong approval from the State Department, և Congress has not taken action to stop it, it will be months before the actual delivery of the bombs, և US groups are urging Biden to stop the transfer through executive action.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited Washington to fund the Iron Dome during last week’s summit.
Biden was Stubborn supporter On Israel նա During the recent crisis, he repeatedly said that the United States unequivocally supports Israel’s right to be protected from missile attacks.
At the same time, Biden and his administration have been working diplomatically to achieve a ceasefire that the United States has. Has allocated $ 75 million to help rebuild Gaza after the recent Israeli bombing.
The groups that signed the letter hope that Biden, a Democrat, will consider the growing political pressure within the Democratic Party to make Israel more accountable.
The $ 735 million arms deal is now sending the wrong signal, said Kyle Christofalo, Churches for Peace advocate, senior director of government relations and umbrella group.
“It will only lead to more suffering, possibly more death.” “It does not help us to try to be a constructive player, to put an end to this conflict, to promote a solution and justice, the rights of all,” said Christopher of Alazera.