The Arab American Civic Council applauds Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) for calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stop the government of Israel from further proceeding down its path of annexation. Signed by 13 Members of Congress including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the ‘Dear Colleague’ letter commits to defund Israel’s ‘annexation’ of Palestinian land that deepens its segregationist policies and to reduce the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel. Read Letter.
Israeli annexation of occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank was set to take place on July 1st.
Under international law, it is illegal for countries to annex occupied territories acquired by military force. According to Chapter 1, Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
While the annexation has now been delayed due to international condemnation, according to an Israeli government minister “it will happen in the coming weeks or months.”
The U.S. should not be funding segregation or apartheid – it should be dismantling it.
The Arab American Civic Council calls upon Members of Congress to join Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez in this pledge before Israel carries out its planned illegal annexation of Palestinian land.