More than 150 countries in the United Nations General Assembly have condemned the Israeli regime’s genocide* against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the other occupied territories; millions of people all over the whole world are demonstrating in the streets, rejecting and denouncing the crime that we see every day.
In the United States, these protests continue repeatedly in front of the White House and Congress in Washington, D.C., and in other major cities and before other major institutions. Jewish Americans are among the most active in challenging this indisputable violation of international and human law. There is a growing number if Americans who are visibly and openly against the outrage and calling for an end to the siege of Gaza.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that more than 1,000 African American pastors have joined the widespread call for a cease-fire in Gaza. The world believes that there is an obligation to stop the genocide. But …
The International Court of Justice issued a pronouncement Jan. 26 on the charge of genocide that South Africa has leveled against Israel. Although the court did not call for a cease-fire, it maintained that investigation should continue into the charges of genocide. Immediately after the court’s pronouncement, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby, joined by senior White House officials, told reporters that “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the War Cabinet have a big job in front of them. We’re going to continue to make sure that they have the benefit not only of American security assistance, but American — American advice and counsel, which we have been providing since the very, very beginning.”
Speaking about the charges against Israel days earlier, Kirby said, “We find this submission meritless, counterproductive, completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.” Now, he reiterated that “They’re not deliberately trying to kill civilians.”
California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who served as House speaker for many years while her party was in the majority, demonstrated the height of willful blindness and deceptive manipulation used to justify U.S. complicity with Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet. Pelosi suggested that the cease-fire demand was “Putin’s message” and that the FBI should investigate groups that are debating Joe Biden’s pro-Israel policies.
The U.S. is certainly complicit in the brutal massacre and ethnic cleansing in Gaza. In support of that fact and in furtherance of public disclosure, members of leading Palestinian human rights groups, Gaza residents and Palestinian Americans argued in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, that the Biden administration should stop its financial and military support for the Gaza conflict. Plus, they rightly hold President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin accountable for failing to fulfill their obligations to prevent genocide.
In Palestine, a lifetime of horror has entered the hearts of its children. Can one live without food, clean water, without a roof over one’s head; those orphans without families and those parents who are mourning the loss of their own children?
Between Oct. 7 and the 115th day of bombing and siege, 26,637 people have been killed, most of them women and children; 65,387 have been wounded; many of those have been maimed. Yet the United States continues to provide substantial military, financial and diplomatic support to Israel.
The clamor for a cease-fire is increasing, yet the Palestinian holocaust does not end.
How do we stop them?
*Editor’s note: Genocide is an act defined and prohibited by Section 1091 of Title 18 of the United States Code.