Senate Dems introduce amendment that would block Israel from using U.S. funds for annexation

US Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, with Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Wisconsin Democrat, right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
US Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, with Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Wisconsin Democrat, right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (photo / AP/ Manuel Balce Ceneta)
U.S. legislative efforts continue to discourage annexation while still showing support for Israel.

By Michael Arria | Mondoweiss | July 6, 2020

‘I do not think American dollars should be aiding and abetting the unilateral annexation of territory.’
—Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD)

12 Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would prohibit Israel from using U.S. military aid to annex portions of the West Bank.

S. 4049 was filed an amendment to 2021’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020, this Act, or any other Act enacted before the date of the enactment of this Act, or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense, may be obligated or expended to deploy, or support the deployment of, United States defense articles, services, or training to territories in the West Bank unilaterally annexed by Israel after July 1, 2020, or to facilitate the unilateral annexation of such territories,” it reads.

The amendment was introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (MD), Patrick Leahy (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Chris Murphy (CT), Tom Udall (NM, Brian Schatz (HI), Martin Heinrich (NM), Bernie Sanders (VT), Tom Carper (DE), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Jeff Merkley (OR), Tim Kaine (VA), and Sherrod Brown (OH).

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