Washington DC – In the United States, Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill reaffirming support for a two-state solution and urging Israel to “keep a close eye” on U.S. aid to ensure it is not used for human rights abuses.
The bill, proposed by Congressman Andy Levine on Thursday, would formulate U.S. policy to clearly differentiate between Israeli and Palestinian-occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.
The bill calls on the U.S. government to maintain diplomatic relations with the Palestinians by reopening the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s office in Washington and the American consulate in East Jerusalem – both closed by former President Donald Trump.
Joe Biden promised to re-establish relations with the Palestinians, but the consulate in East Jerusalem has not yet opened eight months before he became president.
Unveiling the bill at a news conference in Washington DC, Levin said, “The bill makes it clear that it must help Israel address its real security challenges without incurring $ 1 million in damages.”
“But it cannot be used in a way that violates internationally recognized human rights, or works that perpetuate occupation or activate reality – or heaven knows – attachment.”
Levine, Michigan, said the congressional hearing about how U.S. taxpayers’ money is spent is “nothing new,” but in this case, “if we are serious about achieving a two-state solution and upholding human rights, it is essential that” Israelis and Palestinians are equal. “
Not far enough
It was consistently the policy of the U.S. administration to support a two-state solution, which would see the establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank. But critics of US policy say the US government has not put enough pressure on Israel to do so.
Proponents of Palestinian rights have also said for years that a two-state solution is impossible because of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, and many criticize the two-state solution as a way to maintain Israel’s stability.
A recent UN report said more than 800,000 Israelis now live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel occupied Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in the 17th War. It annexed East Jerusalem in 1980.
In a statement Thursday, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) said Levine’s law does not go too far in pressuring Israel.
“The Palestinians have long been clear in their demands – to cut off US cooperation in Israel’s human rights abuses and isolate it from harm and violence,” the group said, adding that steps toward that goal must hold Israel accountable for its abuse and meaningfully “separate and unequal.” The reality under which the Palestinians are living.
The USCPR said, “The two-state solution law does not pass these two basic requirements and thus cannot be a progressive bill on Palestine.”
Nevertheless, Thursday’s bill comes amid growing controversy over US aid to Israel, with several progressive lawmakers urging the United States to set aside .. 3.8 billion in annual military aid to the Israeli government.
Earlier this year, Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCallum introduced a bill that would similarly limit the use of U.S. aid so that it does not contribute to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory or the imprisonment of Palestinian children.
But Biden has largely maintained decades of U.S. support for Israel. In a speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he reiterated his support for a two-state solution, but his administration refrained from publicly criticizing Israeli policy.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who met with Biden in Washington last month, has refused permission to establish a Palestinian state under his government.
The bill, raised Thursday in the name of a two-state solution law, says Israeli settlements are “incompatible with international law”; It also called for an “end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.”
Given the human rights violations in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah and the growing population expansion, we should not go through a last-minute বৃদ্ধ 1 billion increase in military funding for Israel without any accountability.
– Ilhan Omar (lIlhanMN) September 23, 2021
It is The announcement came hours before the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to provide অতিরিক্ত 1 billion in additional funding to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
In response to a question from Al Jazeera, Levin acknowledged the challenges facing a bipartisan solution, including Bennett’s position, but said it was important to do so to open up new possibilities.
“The thing that’s missing is that the United States has a role to play in telling these two – its muscular, strong role: we’re going to support you and bring you together thick and thin so we can achieve lasting peace,” Levine said.
The bill is co-sponsored by more than two dozen Democrats, including several prominent Jewish members of the House.