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State Dept. Report Finds Israel Likely Violated International and U.S. Law Using U.S. Weapons

HeadlineMay 13, 2024

A new report by the U.S. State Department has concluded Israel likely used U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. and international law, but the report claims the Biden administration has not yet found specific instances that could force the U.S. to withhold military aid. The findings came in a report issued Friday to Congress. Former State Department official Josh Paul, who resigned over Biden’s Gaza policy, criticized what he described as a “self-contradictory” report.

Josh Paul: “It does say that it is reasonable to assume that U.S. weapons have been used to commit violations of international humanitarian law, and yet it does not say that Israel has violated international humanitarian law. It does say that Israel has restricted humanitarian assistance into Gaza, and yet it says that currently Israel is not restricting U.S.-funded humanitarian assistance in Gaza, which is an absurd thing to say, given that the IDF is at this moment closing, and has closed for several days, the Rafah crossing point, which is the main entry point for humanitarian assistance.”

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