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Eight U.S. Senators Call on Biden To Enforce Law, Ending Arms To Israel

March 13, 2024 (EIRNS)—U.S. law reads that any country that restricts the delivery of U.S. humanitarian aid is to be cut off from the shipment of arms. Yesterday eight U.S. Senators—Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Peter Welch (D-VT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)—sent a letter to President Joe Biden invoking the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and citing Israel’s restriction of aid to Gaza, to urge him to enforce federal law on Netanyahu’s government.

The senators made clear that Netanyahu’s interference in U.S. humanitarian operations in Gaza violates Section 620I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, also known as the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act. The law states: “No assistance shall be furnished under this chapter or the Arms Export Control Act to any country when it is made known to the President that the government of such country prohibits or otherwise restricts, directly or indirectly, the transport or delivery of United States humanitarian assistance.”

They wrote: “According to public reporting and your own statements, the Netanyahu government is in violation of this law. Given this reality, we urge you to make it clear to the Netanyahu government that failure to immediately and dramatically expand humanitarian access and facilitate safe aid deliveries throughout Gaza will lead to serious consequences, as specified under existing U.S. law. The United States should not provide military assistance to any country that interferes with U.S. humanitarian assistance. Federal law is clear, and, given the urgency of the crisis in Gaza, and the repeated refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to address U.S. concerns on this issue, immediate action is necessary to secure a change in policy by his government.”

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