(LibertySociety.com) – A federal lawsuit was filed against the Biden administration on November 7, accusing the United States of being complicit in the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. The joint lawsuit was filed by multiple residents of Gaza, along with two human rights organizations. The plaintiffs believe that the Biden administration has violated the 1948 Genocide Convention and should be ordered by the court to intervene.
It is unclear how many people have been killed since Israel declared war following the Hamas terrorist attack. November 10 was the last time a death count total was reported. The plaintiffs allege that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed 11,000 civilians, but those numbers were reported by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry.
The plaintiffs are also asking the court to stop President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin from sending weapons, money, or providing diplomatic support to Israel. The lawsuit states that the United States has disavowed “any constraint or ‘red lines’ on Israel’s military campaign,” despite Israel making statements of its intent to commit genocide. The plaintiffs claimed that the terrorist attack did not justify the actions Israel has taken and that the United States should abide by international laws.
Defense for Children International is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Its general director, Khaled Quzmar, accused world leaders of lacking “the temerity to end the catastrophic and unprecedented destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza.”
Pressure is mounting on the United States to call for a ceasefire, but President Biden has stopped short and only called for a temporary pause to deliver humanitarian aid. On November 10, Blinken told reporters in New Delhi that actions need to be taken to prevent more deaths of innocent Palestinian civilians. He added that a safe way to deliver humanitarian aid must be established. In a slight jab at Israel, Blinken also criticized the Palestinian death toll.
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