US pressure to activate “Lehi” law to confront settler violence in the West Bank

Washington- According to documentary media reports, with the increase in violence under Israeli occupation in the West Bank since the Operation Al-Aqsa floods on October 7, the number of Palestinian victims has so far reached almost 500 martyrs.

The United Nations said, “Most of them were martyred at the hands of Israeli forces, but at least 8 of them were killed by Israeli settlers.”

The US government called on Israeli officials to provide immediate clarification regarding violations committed by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, citing concerns that President Joe Biden's administration may have violated “Lehi law”. The move comes amid great concern among Democratic lawmakers that the ban on arms supplies to security agencies violates US standards for the protection of human rights.

Do we have Lehi's law?

The term “Leahy Act” refers to two legal provisions passed by Congress in 1997 that prevent the U.S. government from providing assistance to foreign security forces or entities if there is credible evidence indicating those entities' involvement in committing serious human rights violations. Have Information.

The law is named after the late Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and would require the State and Defense Departments to “prohibit the transfer of U.S. military assistance to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State may have done this.” “There is credible information that it has committed gross violations of human rights.”

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The “Leahy Law” was passed by Congress in 1997, prohibiting the provision of aid to those involved in human rights violations (Al Jazeera)

Israel is an exception

Laura Lomb and William Hartung of the Quincy Institute in Washington argued that the ruling issued by the International Court of Justice regarding South Africa's lawsuit regarding Israel's possible involvement in the massacre in Gaza should prompt President Joe Biden's administration to review current US policy. Must be inspired to. , regarding the supply of weapons to Israel that are used in attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The authors also called for abandoning the practice of giving Israel special and exceptional treatment when it comes to enforcing existing US human rights laws regarding arms transfers.

The “Israeli exception” in providing US military aid to Israel has been a long-standing practice that has been practiced by Democratic and Republican administrations in recent decades, as Israel's violations of human rights standards or US laws do not apply. .

In the days following the October 7, 2023 attack on Israel, the Defense Ministry began shipping weapons to Israel, including small diameter bombs, precision-guided munitions, armored tanks, artillery shells, and ammunition .

The White House and the Pentagon said at the time that they would not set “red lines” for Israeli military activities in Gaza. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed on October 12 that the United States placed no conditions on providing American arms and aid to Israel.

Despite several killings at the hands of Israeli security forces in the West Bank during the past four months, and the murder of Al Jazeera correspondent Shereen Abu Akla before that, the US government found no justification to activate the law.

“The active investigation process is generally the reverse for Israel, where allegations are reviewed only after “the United States is already providing assistance.”

Paul said in the press interview, “Traditionally, it takes one person and one signal to stop providing military aid, but in the case of Israel, it requires the consensus of all stakeholders to stop. And “Again, this consensus was not reached, despite the availability of allegations and solid, worrying and credible evidence of serious human rights violations.”

Two weeks ago, British newspaper The Guardian reported how the US State Department imposed special standards on Israel to essentially circumvent the Leahy Law.

Unlike other countries, where a credible allegation of abuse by a unit of the military, police, or other national security forces is enough to bar that unit from receiving US aid until the case is adjudicated, for Israel all state departments There should be consensus in the office.

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Two US researchers: South Africa's lawsuit should prompt the Biden administration to review arms supplies to Israel (Al Jazeera)

Biden is moving forward slowly

The Biden administration is pressing Israel to respond in connection with a series of incidents it says Israeli army units operating in occupied West Bank cities may have violated the Leahy Law.

The US request indicates that if Israel fails to respond satisfactorily, its forces operating in the West Bank will not receive ammunition from the United States.

Last week, the Biden administration issued a resolution to punish “individuals who undermine peace, security and stability in the West Bank,” citing “high levels of extremist settler violence, forced displacement of people and villages, and destruction of property.” Issued executive order.

President Biden agreed to impose sanctions on 4 Israeli residents accused of attacking Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Biden signed an executive order stating that violence in the West Bank has reached “intolerable levels” and that sanctions prevent these individuals from accessing any property or assets within the United States.

Representative of Michigan Rashida Tlaib, of Palestinian origin, expressed her disapproval of the US administration's position in a tweet on the “X” website.

He said, “It is unbelievable that President Joe Biden has not yet reviewed whether the United States is violating the Leahy Act or the laws regarding conventional arms transfers sent to the Israeli government. Enforce accountability This should be done regardless of whether the President belongs to the Republican or Democratic Party.”

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