WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Peace advocates and pro-Palestinian groups in the United States are calling on President Joe Biden to halt a $735m sale of precision-guided bombs to the Zionist regime that the Biden administration has fast-tracked.
“We are knowingly transferring weapons to a regime that is not only engaged in aggression but also a massive violation of human rights,” said Huwaida Arraf, co-chair of the Palestine subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild and organizer for Palestinian rights in the U.S.
“Our government is enabling Israel, not just with the billions of dollars that we send to Israel, but by shielding Israel from any kind of accountability,” Arraf told Al Jazeera.
A coalition of more than 100 groups, including Churches for Middle East Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Democratic-leaning political groups Justice Democrats, MoveOn, Indivisible, and the Sunrise Movement, signed an open letter to Biden.
“The planned arms sales to Israel would send a signal of support for Israel’s recent conduct in occupied Gaza and East Jerusalem (al-Quds), which includes likely violations of international humanitarian law,” the groups said in the letter.
“We believe moving ahead with these sales would undermine U.S. moral values, national security interests, and support likely violations of international humanitarian law by sending a green light for Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights,” the groups said.
The Biden administration formally notified Congress of the planned $735m weapons sale on May 5, giving legislators 15 days to raise objections. The State Department issued a license on May 21 to manufacturer Boeing Comp to proceed with the sale.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders filed resolutions in Congress to block the sale under the U.S. arms control law.
Those failed on procedural grounds disappointing opponents of the sale who had hoped to at least to try to force a debate and a vote in Congress, advocates said.
“These weapons sales, they are often rubber-stamped, and there is a real lack of transparency in the way that they work,” said Beth Miller, senior government affairs manager for Jewish Voice for Peace.
“We all just saw, over these last couple of weeks, exactly how the Israelis use these weapons,” Miller told Al Jazeera.
“They used them on residential apartment buildings, hospitals, to damage COVID centers and to wipe out Palestinian families.”
Over 11 days in May, the Zionist regime’s bombing of Gaza killed 253 Palestinians including 66 children and displaced more than 58,000 people from their homes.
‘Support for Zionist Regime in Europe Falls’
Meanwhile, a new poll has found that public support for the Zionist regime in Europe has hit a record low following the recent Gaza offensive.
According to the YouGov survey, net favorability for the occupying regime in Europe has fallen by at least 14 points since it was last tracked four months ago.
According to the poll, British people tend to have the most negative view of the Zionist regime, with favorability falling 27 points, from -14 in February to -41 in May - the lowest rating since the poll began in 2016.
In France, favorability also decreased significantly, by 23 points. A similar trend was noted in Denmark Sweden and Germany. Germans were the most favorable toward the occupying regime, falling from -10 to -24.