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Might have been worth noting that Josh Paul wasn’t just “a former State Department official,” but that he resigned in protest of the described Biden administration policy.

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Netanyahu's response to the Oct. 7 terrorist attack has been disproportionate and is coming very close to genocide. Biden's complicity would cost him my vote if he were running in a primary or against any normal Republican (if there are any). America's strings free support of Israel has to end, it's the only way that Netanyahu will be forced to stop. Because it's obvious what his goal is - not to eliminate Hamas (all he has done is strengthened them) but to force every last Palestinian out of the land he, and his far right wing religious head case supporters, want to claim for Israel.

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This is disappointingly late in the game for you to address these issues and with a decidedly pro-Israel slant considering. I'm disappointed in you Judd Legum and Popular Information.

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I hope and expect that most of the informed public (history and current day to day events) are in favor of supporting Israel's right to exist AND in strong favor of protecting all innocent civilians from the kind of devastation and apparent genocide currently taking place in Israel and Gaza. I have learned that Netanyahu has said he approves of "thinning the population of Palestinians in Gaza." We have seen videos of the Settlers looking for excuses to kill Palestinian olive grove farmers because "they are animals" said with pure hatred. We cannot pay for that kind of hatred carried out in the name of the United States of America.

I sense that Joe Biden understands all of this. I remember him wanting the Settlers to stop usurping land for anymore settlements during the first Obama term. He had warned that we would not tolerate a violation of this agreement. But, for some reason we did. Why then? Why now?

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I'm really disappointed especially as my subscription renewed yesterday. Because since you guys had stayed out of reporting on this I could tell myself you did domestic only news and politics even though it left a bad taste in my mouth. But giving Biden credit for concern over the lives of Gazans when he has shown none at all is ridiculous and beyond insulting.

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28,000+ and counting... And there's no shortage of those who scoff at allegations of genocide is occurring in Gaza. Netanyahu, Smotrich, Ben-Gvir, Gallant, Gantz and others have conducted a breathtakingly barbaric campaign since 10/7/23. Does any rational observer really think all this will conclude with "peace?"

"𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘢𝘻𝘢 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘊𝘑," 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 (South African) 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘊𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘭 𝘙𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘢. "𝘈𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦-𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺."

(Judd, I have deep respect for your reporting and mean no incivility. I'm just appalled at the heart-wrenching violence and destruction that continues -- abetted by U.S. support).

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It wasn't mentioned here, but this bill prevents any funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), at all, under any circumstances, and fails to assure that any amount will go to provide aid to Gaza, as the aid portion is to be divided amongst different groups with no specific allocations.

Section 614:

“None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this division and division B of this Act, and prior Acts making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs, may be made available for a contribution, grant, or other payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, notwithstanding any other provision of law.”

Let us, we the people, step up and support UNRWA. If our governments won’t act in accordance with humanity, then we will. https://www.unrwausa.org/donate

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I'm disappointed in how credulously this piece is says that the Biden administration is "sounding the alarm." This article from a couple days ago provides a months-long list of articles suggesting that Biden is concerned with Israel's conduct of the war. https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/biden-upset-israel-netanyahu/ These concerns never correspond to any policy changes, which is crucial context.

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According to OCHA since the start of 2024, humanitarian partners had planned 77 missions to deliver aid and undertake assessments to areas to the north of Wadi Gaza. Of those, only 12 were facilitated by the Israeli authorities, three missions where partial humanitarian objectives were met, 14 were impeded, 39 were denied access, and nine were postponed by the UN agencies. Facilitated missions primarily included food distribution, while the access of missions to support critical hospitals and facilities providing water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) services remained among those overwhelmingly denied. During the same period, there were 189 planned missions to areas assessed as necessitating coordination to the south of Wadi Gaza. Of these, 107 were facilitated, two missions where partial humanitarian objectives were met, 18 were initially facilitated but then impeded, 48 were denied access, and 14 were postponed internally. Missions to areas not requiring coordination south of Wadi Gaza are not included in the above.

The number of trucks entering into Gaza remains well below the 500 trucks a day target, with significant difficulties in bringing supplies in through both Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) and Rafah. As of 12 February, the Rafah border crossing was closed due to security concerns.

As of 12 February, the total number of UNRWA colleagues killed since the beginning of hostilities is now 156.

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Thank you for this one.

Words are easy. Politicians say them all the time. This piece does a good job illustrating how empty they really are, when actions communicate an entirely different message:

"In recent days, the Biden administration has said publicly that it does not plan on using the memorandum to condition aid to Israel. A National Security Council spokesperson told Defense News, “[W]e have not seen any violations of the standards so have no plans to restrict assistance at this time.”

Oh.

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The feckless democrats - “All of our arms transfers, including arms transfers to Israel, are rooted in the basic proposition that they will be used consistent with law of armed conflict.” The ICJ will likely determine Israel is committing a genocide and the US is complicit in it. One of the only things the US exports is our military and weapons, so this isn't surprising. It does show that both the dithering dems and the Republicans are basically the same.

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There must be a permanent ceasefire in Gaza in order to comply with the ICJ ruling, that there is a plausible case that Israel is committing genocide. The ceasefire, is not one, where Palestinians continue suffering under oppressive conditions, but as a place where all live with peace and equality. It is time for Pope Francis to do more than talk. He must go to Gaza and make a stand for peace and freedom.

Please sign the petition and share widely.

https://chng.it/CRQ7qw4Gzn

Code pink

https://www.codepink.org/cnngaza?utm_campaign=12_15_pali_update_alert_3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink

If we can do more, let us do more.

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Netanyahu in many cases is not much better at than Hitler. He stops short when it comes to branding Palestinians with tattoos and he hasn’t set up death camps yet. He just doesn’t let them escape before he destroys the buildings they live in.

I know many Israelis people feel the same way and protest against him.

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Thank you for clear and concise explanations.

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