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Federal Appeals Court Hears Lawsuit Accusing Top U.S. Officials of Complicity in Genocide

HeadlineJun 11, 2024
Image Credit: Laila-El-Haddad

Here in the U.S., a federal court heard arguments Monday in an appeal to a lawsuit accusing top Biden administration officials of complicity in genocide. The case at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was brought by Palestinians and human rights groups, including Defense for Children International–Palestine. The suit seeks to end U.S. military and diplomatic support to Israel during its assault on the Gaza Strip. It names as defendants President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Monday’s oral arguments were presented by Katie Gallagher, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Katie Gallagher: “Your Honor, what this case presents is a clear allegation, a well-pled allegation, of violations of binding law, the duty to prevent genocide, and aiding and abetting genocide. Those are clearly established in law.”

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