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House Democrats Call On Biden To Stop Arms Sales To Israel Following Aid Worker Fatalities

President Joe Biden (Credits: ABC News)

In a striking move, over thirty-five Democratic members of the House, including the prominent figure Nancy Pelosi from California, have taken a strong stance by sending a letter to the Biden administration on Friday.

This letter urges an immediate halt to the transfer of weapons to Israel following a devastating drone strike in Gaza that resulted in the tragic loss of seven aid workers.

This action underscores a growing divide within Congress regarding the stance on supporting Israel despite its conflict with Hamas as the toll on civilians in Gaza continues to climb.

Representatives Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, James McGovern of Massachusetts, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois contributed to the letter, which calls for an immediate cessation of arms transfers to Israel.

Nancy Pelosi (Credits: The Hill)

This pause is to remain until an independent investigation is conducted into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drone strike on World Central Kitchen aid workers, which tragically resulted in seven fatalities, including an American citizen.

The legislators expressed their shock and dissatisfaction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acknowledgment of the incident as a “tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people.” If true, they find such a mistake to be deeply troubling and entirely unacceptable.

Their letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken demands a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of the airstrike. This inquiry aims to uncover how the aid convoy was targeted despite having communicated their route with the Israeli military and being in clearly identifiable vehicles.

This demand from the lawmakers follows a strained conversation between President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu. During this call, President Biden emphasized that future U.S. policy towards Gaza would be contingent upon Israel’s commitment to undertake “specific, concrete, and measurable steps” to mitigate civilian suffering, ensure the welfare of aid workers, and alleviate humanitarian distress. Biden advocated for a six-week ceasefire to facilitate the release of hostages.

President Joe Biden (Credits: CNN)

Despite these developments, the challenge of delivering aid to Gaza persists, exacerbated by the outbreak of hostilities after the harrowing events of October 7 when Hamas brutally attacked Israelis. The international community, including the United Nations, has raised alarms about the looming threat of famine in the embattled region.

Although the IDF has taken disciplinary actions, including the dismissal of two officers and the reprimand of senior commanders following the airstrike on aid workers, these congressmen argue that such measures are insufficient. They stress that these actions do not address the broader concerns nor justify the continued supply of arms to Israel under the current circumstances.

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