Progressive House Democrats on Tuesday called on the secretary of state Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo Senior Trump advisers dissuade president from military attack on Iran: Trump national security adviser’s report promises “professional transition” to power With Biden, Saudi restart MORE to condemn Israel̵
In a letter to the secretary, 40 House Democrats called on Pompeo to urge the Israeli government to halt any further overthrow and accused Israel of “creeping annexation” in violation of international law and a serious humanitarian problem.
“Creeping annexation cannot be a policy that the US government supports if we want to see peace in the region,” the letter said. Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse has launched a new program to test COVID-19. The best contender for the head of Biden Defense will be a historic choice Overnight Defense: 5 US officials killed in an international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against nominee for defense with performers Trump’s executive order to ban Chinese investment in military-related companies MORE (D-Wisc.), Co-Chair of the Progressive Council of Congress (CPC), read.
“It is imperative that in the last two months, when you are in office, human rights violations and violations of international law continue to be forcibly rejected by the US government. This is the only way to reach a peaceful, comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “
The signatories included a co-chair of the CPC Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressive House of Democrats to host session on health strategy Progressives unveil Biden’s wish list Head of Bureau of Interception: Pelosi must focus on Georgia’s special election amid “absurd” battles between Democrats (D-Wash.); Representative Rashida TliibRashida Harby Tlibe Hill’s Morning Report – presented by the UAE – US records 1 million cases of COVID-19 per week; governors attack Pelosi clashes with divisions in Biden Ocasio-Cortes tweets over Manchin’s displeasure after he attacks “crazy socialist agenda” MORE (D-Mich.), The first Palestinian American woman in Congress; and a representative Joaquin CastroJoaquin Castro Dozens of progressive groups support Joaquin Castro as foreign minister Castro vows to limit himself if foreign minister is elected Former DNC finance chief Henry Munoz: Latinos “must be guided” MORE (D-Texas), who is running for President of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
The letter is in response to the destruction of Israel on November 3 of almost all structures that make up the Bedouin community in Khierbet Humsah, including more than 100 tents and sheds that served as living space, cooking space, storage rooms, livestock pens, water containers and solar panels, according to human rights groups.
The devastation displaced 74 people, including 41 children, human rights groups said.
The action provoked further outrage from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which said it was the largest one-off destruction by Israel in a decade.
This year, Israel demolished nearly 700 hundred structures belonging to Palestinians and Bedouins, nomadic Arabs who identify as Palestinians and who say the workers were illegally built in West Bank Zone C, which falls under Israeli civil and military rule under the Oslo Accords. administration. But Palestinians and human rights groups say it is almost impossible to obtain building permits that would legalize such structures and allow them to upgrade, build or expand their homes.
The Israeli government has defended the demolition of Khierbet Humsah, describing it as “law enforcement” against seven tents and eight animal pens that were illegally built at a training ground in the Jordan Valley used by Israeli defense forces, the Times of Israel reported.
The letter comes before Pompeo’s trip to Israel this week, where he is expected to visit the Israeli village of Psagot in the West Bank, marking the first such visit by a secretary of state to territory deemed illegally occupied by Israel by the international community.
In November 2019, the Trump administration reversed the State Department’s policy that illegal settlements were illegal.
An invitation in a statement described Pompeo’s planned visit to Psagot as “unprecedented and disgraceful”.
He also accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using the US election to cover up “gross human rights atrocities” and threatening a two-state solution to the Israeli and Palestinian conflicts. The congressional Democrat said the demolition was a “de facto annexation of Palestinian land.”
Netanyahu had agreed to “suspend” annexation plans in exchange for opening diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and US mediation such as the Abrahamic agreements.
“The destruction of the homes and eviction of 41 Palestinian children demonstrates a clear act of aggression by Israel and deliberately opposes securing peace or a solution for two countries in the region,” Pokan said in a statement. “There is no justification for the de facto accession of the Palestinian land, and America can no longer remain silent in the face of these human rights violations.”