Thanks to the “Leahy amendments,” to US human rights laws, both the Department of State and Department of Defense are to discontinue military assistance to units of foreign security forces that have engaged in “a gross violation” of human rights.
The Leahy language is clear about what is required of both the state department and the defense department regarding the cutting off of military assistance:
“No assistance shall be furnished under this Act or the Arms Export Control Act to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.” See 28 USC 2378d
“Of the amounts made available to the Department of Defense, none may be used for any training, equipment, or other assistance for a unit of a foreign security force if the Secretary of Defense has credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.” See 10 USC 2249e
To implement this law, U.S. embassies, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and the appropriate regional bureau of the U.S. Department of State vet potential recipients of security assistance. Under the Leahy amendments, the US has reportedly cut off military assistance from security and military units in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Saint Lucia.
Every United States Senator and member of Congress should be asked to comment publicly on recent events in Gaza and also inquire of the State Department and the Defense Department if their vetting procedures have cleared or implicated Israeli military unit in the deaths and wounding of hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza in the last few days.
These valuable documents are depressing to read, demonstrating as they do, the successful, single-minded subterfuge of the Zionist project to neutralize by force the resistance of the indigenous population of Palestine.
Was a two-state solution ever anything but more subterfuge? A one-state solution? Is this even plausible today? Requiring as it must, the will to enforce an end to the brutal IDF occupation of Palestine, followed by a mechanism of self determination leading to the enjoyment of full and equal political rights by every resident? Who is going it see to this? Who is going to take nukes away from Bibi?
Israel is a discredit to Judaism. The American Jewish community is cowed into silence, Its current formal representatives are a pale, embarrassing measure of what used to be admired stewards of an ancient communal expression of a courageous, ethical mode of life. This quality of leadership is now virtually disappeared.
Nothing matters more to American Judaism than showing support for an apartheid regime. Judaism, in a single generation had become a caricature of itself. This, and the continuing torture of the people of Palestine are the two undisputed tragedies of the ascendance of Zionism. A third is the abject surrender to Zionism by the American political establishment.