AOC leads effort to block US $735M arms sale to Israel

A gaggle of House Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a decision Wednesday to halt the Biden-approved sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel.

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) joined in introducing the decision.

It was co-sponsored by fellow “Squad” Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), in addition to Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.).

Congress was notified on May 5 that the Biden administration had approved the arms sale and that lawmakers could be given a deadline of May 20 to file a decision objecting.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a decision to halt the sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel.
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President Biden on Wednesday known as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a “significant de-escalation” in Israel’s conflict with Hamas. But Netanyahu mentioned he received’t comply.

“At a time when so many, including President Biden, support a ceasefire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence,” the New York Democrat mentioned in a press release asserting the decision.

Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip
Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021.
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“Approving this sale now, while failing to even try to use it as leverage for a ceasefire, sends a clear message to the world — the U.S. is not interested in peace, and does not care about the human rights and lives of Palestinians,” Tlaib argued in a press release launched on the identical time.

“You cannot claim to support human rights and peace on Earth and continue to back the extremist Netanyahu regime, it’s that simple.”

Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. Mark Pocan joined AOC in introducing the decision.
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Israel has come below assault by a barrage of rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip during the last week, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blare throughout Israel’s cities.

The Iron Dome protection system has been intercepting lots of the rockets, with the streaks of a number of interceptor missiles lighting up the sky over Israel.

A Palestinian elderly man walks past a building destroyed by Isreali shelling in Gaza City, on May 19, 2021
A Palestinian aged man walks previous a constructing destroyed by Isreali shelling in Gaza City, on May 19, 2021.
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Tlaib has been steadfast in her dedication to getting the arms sale canceled, confronting President Biden on Tuesday in regards to the matter when he touched down in her dwelling state of Michigan to tour an electrical automobile manufacturing facility.

The Democratic lawmaker, who represents the Detroit space Biden was visiting, started lobbying the commander-in-chief the second he stepped onto the tarmac.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Rep. Rashida Tlaib confronted President Joe Biden in regards to the arms sale when he touched down in Michigan.
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The two, together with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), engaged in what appeared like a tense, eight-minute dialog.

Biden went on to praise Tlaib whereas talking on the auto occasion, saying, “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he shows a slideshow during a briefing to ambassadors to Israel at the Hakirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, 19 May 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals a slideshow throughout a briefing to ambassadors to Israel on the Hakirya navy base in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 19, 2021.
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“It is from my heart that I pray that your grand mom and family are well and I promise you I’m going to do everything to see that they are on the West Bank,” he added, “You are a fighter and God thank you for being a fighter.”

Rockets are launched from Gaza City, towards Israel on May 19, 2021.
Rockets are launched from Gaza City, in direction of Israel on May 19, 2021.
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