Attorneys warn Biden's support for Israeli assault on Gaza could make him complicit in genocide

October 22, 2023
Common Dreams

...By continuing to arm the Israeli military as it carries out a massive assault on the Gaza Strip, the lawyers argued in an emergency briefing paper published Wednesday, the Biden administration is rendering itself complicit in possible genocide against Palestinians in the occupied territory.

"The United States is not only failing to uphold its obligation to prevent the commission of genocide, but there is a plausible and credible case to be made that the United States' actions to further the Israeli military operation, closure, and campaign against the Palestinian population in Gaza rise to the level of complicity in the crime under international law," warned experts with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a U.S.-based nonprofit.

CCR's brief notes that "the United States—and U.S. citizens, including and up to the president—can be held responsible for their role in furthering genocide," both under international and U.S. law.

"Israel's invocation of self-defense for the campaign it has unleashed against the entire Palestinian population in Gaza, and the full credit the United States gives it when affirming its unconditional support, does not negate genocidal intent or serve as a justification for its crimes under international law," the brief adds. "In the absence of accountability, we have now reached the point of genocide. All states must now—finally—act, including the United States, to end and address all of these crimes." ...

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