The Biden administration is complicit in Israel’s continued violence and escalation against Palestinians
The situation in the Holy Land is increasingly volatile. Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action) holds Israel responsible for current escalations due to its continued aggression and repeated violations of international law and treaties as an occupying power. Additionally, AJP Action maintains that the Biden administration bears a large part of the responsibility for its silence on Israel’s crimes, and for providing it with diplomatic protection to continue its human rights abuses with impunity.
Human life is sacred, and the loss of any innocent life is a terrible reality. But we must not accept selectivity. Context is everything, and with its continued application of a system of apartheid against the oppressed people of Palestine, Israel causes bloodshed, human suffering, and instability across the entire region. Simply put, this must end. It is past time to treat Israel as the pariah that it is.
The attacks on Palestinian worshippers and the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque in April during Ramadan were just the preludes to what Israel has carried on into May. In the past 24 hours alone, 16 Palestinians have been injured and 50 arrested as Israel continues its attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque. Not only have occupational forces arrested dozens of men, children, and the elderly, but they’ve also assaulted worshippers and attacked women praying and reciting inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Since the beginning of the year, Israel has engaged in extra-judicial assassinations (killing dozens of Palestinians including women and children), large-scale arrests, home demolitions, prevented Palestinians’ free access to their places of worship, and engaged in vicious attacks on Palestinian holy sites in both the Ramadan and Easter holidays. Israel has intentionally intensified its oppression of Muslim and Christian Palestinians in an effort to provoke a response. This is so that it can justify harsher measures against the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank, Gaza, and even inside the Green Line. Following weeks of attacks on Palestinians, 3 Israelis were killed and 4 wounded in an attack that took place today in the town of Elad near Tel Aviv.
Throughout this entire period of Israeli brutality and aggression, the Biden administration has remained silent, signaling to the Israelis that they have the green light to continue on this warpath. All of this makes the Biden administration complicit in – and responsible for – these escalations.
The most glaring example of this was the May 3rd response by Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Envoy to the United Nations; when asked about the double standard between Ukraine and Palestine, her tone-deaf response was that the US “must defend Israel’s right to defend themselves.”
Responsibility for any further violence lies on the Israeli government and its closest ally, the Biden administration, which continues to perpetuate the status quo unabated. It’s unfathomable that Israel is allowed to continue to subjugate millions of Palestinians to brutal colonial violence and expect Palestinians to accept it.
It is the height of moral bankruptcy for the Biden administration to praise Ukrainian resistance while simultaneously standing with Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, even labeling their resistance as terrorism. Ironically, Israel claims that it stands with the oppressed Ukrainian people against Russian aggression. We must see the moral equivalency between Russia in Ukraine and Israel in Palestine. The Biden administration must be consistent in what morality it believes in and embodies.
We call upon the Biden administration to act as the honest broker that it claims to be and to take swift and immediate action to end Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on the Palestinian people by leveraging US military aid. If it cannot, then it should refrain from assigning the blame to the Palestinians alone.