United States – Dozen former U.S. government officials who resigned due to U.S. backing for Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip claimed on Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s administration bears “indisputable cooperation” in the deaths of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In a press release signed by 12 ex-government employees, they accused the administration of cheating U. S. laws to support Israel and finding ways to continue supplying weapons to its friend, as reported by Reuters.

The White House and the State Department did not respond to this statement either immediately.

Significance

There have been growing concerns across the International community about the Israeli operations in Gaza and the US backing of its friend in a conflict that has accounted for nearly 38,000 deaths and a humanitarian calamity.

This is because the resignations of the 12 U. S. officials indicate some internal disagreement within the government regarding the support of Israel. Washington has advocated for civilian protection in Gaza and has also urged Israel to ease the delivery of assistance.

Many of the signatories included citizens who had served in the State Department, Education Department, Interior Department, White House, and the Military.

KEY QUOTES

“America’s diplomatic cover for, and continuous flow of arms to, Israel has ensured our undeniable complicity in the killings and forced starvation of a besieged Palestinian population in Gaza,” the former officials said in the statement.

They called on the U. S. government to utilize its “necessary and available clout” to end the war and release the Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention. They also called on the U. S. government to endorse Palestinian statehood and provide for an “emergency increase in aid to the Gaza strip.

CONTEXT

The local health ministry estimates that almost 38,000 people have been killed in the war in Gaza, with thousands possibly still trapped under the debris as most of the area has been leveled and around 2. 3 million population displaced. It is also important to note that there is also hunger in Gaza. There are allegations of genocide during the war that Israel refutes, as reported by Reuters.

The Israel attack on Gaza began when the Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, attacked Israel on Oct 7, killing approximately or more than 1200 people and kidnapping 250 hostages in Hamas-run Gaza, according to estimates from the Israeli side.