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U.S. Progressives Demand Probe on Whether Israel Uses U.S. Arms in Human Rights Abuses

HeadlineMar 31, 2023

Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressmember Jamaal Bowman, backed by other progressive lawmakers, are calling on the Biden administration to reconsider U.S. policy toward Israel “in recognition of the worsening violence, further annexation of land, and denial of Palestinian rights.” The letter, which has been circulating in both chambers of Congress this week to garner support, calls for a probe into whether U.S. weapons are being used to commit human rights abuses toward Palestinians. Dozens of Jewish leaders and community groups are also supporting the letter. This comes amid rare public rebukes of Israel by U.S. officials over its now-paused plan to gut the judiciary and its plans to illegally expand its settlements on Palestinian land. On Thursday, Palestinians marked Land Day with marches, protests and speeches across the Occupied Territories.

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