U.S. Senator: End Humanitarian Aid to Stop Palestinian Push to Charge Israel with War Crimes

Sydney Barakat
January 23, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham recently threatened to cut off aid to Palestine if further action to file a complaint against Israel is pursued by the ICC’s Rome Statute.

Graham, who has been traveling to various countries in the Middle East along with other senate members, remarked that the United States “would cut off aid to the Palestinians if they filed a complaint” against Israel. Furthermore, he went on to attack the Palestinian effort to gain recognition by the International Criminal Court by referring to it as “a bastardizing of the role of the ICC. I find it incredibly offensive,” as reported by Newsweek.

According to usaid.gov, the U.S. has already committed to fund Palestine approximately forty-seven million dollars to help “address the humanitarian situation in Gaza.” Though this is a substantial amount of money, it’s nowhere near the billions of dollars that the US has funded toward Israel – those numbers can be found here, and date back to 1949.

Nonetheless, a cut in U.S. aid to Palestine would have a detrimental effect on the self-governing authority in Gaza and the West Bank, potentially causing it to diminish completely.

Ultimately, Senator Graham’s threats to cut off aid to Palestine prompts us to ask these questions: Why would the United States cut funds to Gaza and the West Bank – regions that are in dire need of the monetary assistance due to Israel’s most recent bombardment of attacks just this past summer – and continue to fund billions of dollars to a terrorist state (Israel) that (needless to say) caused Palestine’s need for financial aid in the first place? And what qualifies Palestine’s initiative to join the ICC to be seen as a “bastardizing of the role of the ICC” when the war crimes committed by Israel qualify as acceptable by the American government? And otherwise, what is so “bastardizing” about Palestine wanting to join a community of internationally recognized states? What’s the problem with it?

A UN representative confirmed recently that Palestine is set to officially become a member of the ICC in April. (We’ll see!) In the meantime, we will have to wait to find out America’s response to this action when the time comes.

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