‘Winds are shifting’: US lawmakers criticize Israel in two rare letters

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An elderly Palestinian protests against the demolition of a temporary health clinic by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of al-Mufagara, 27 January.  (photo: AFP / File photo)
A dozen House members slam range of Israeli policies, and five senators call on Israel to vaccinate Palestinians in separate letter

By Ali Harb | Middle East Eye | Mar 12, 2021

“We are greatly heartened that the Biden Administration is opposed to Israeli annexation; however, Israel’s ongoing colonization of the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, alongside its demolition of Palestinian homes, is a form of ongoing, de facto annexation which needs to be unequivocally opposed by the United States,”
— US House members in letter 

US lawmakers from both chambers of Congress have sent letters to the Biden administration criticising the Israeli government and urging it to vaccinate Palestinians living under its control.

In two separate letters sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday, progressive senators and members of the House of Representatives called on the US administration to resume funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and push to ensure the rights of Palestinians.

The documents signal the growing willingness to criticize Israel amongst Democrats in Congress, a branch of the US government where unquestioning support for Israel is the norm.

The House letter, signed by 12 legislators and led by Rashida Tlaib and Mark Pocan, said the State Department should investigate and condemn the recent demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank by Israeli forces.

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