From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 08 2009 - 05:09:41 EST
'US responsible for war on Gaza'
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 09:53:02 GMT
US Congressman Dennis Kucinich lashes out at Washington's arm support
for Tel Aviv and Israel's violation of the Arms Export Control Act.
Kucinich in a statement on Wednesday lambasted Israel's disproportionate
use of force against defenseless people of Gaza with US weapons, paid
for by American taxpayers.
The disproportionate and collective punishment nature of the attacks on
Gaza assure an escalation of conflict in violation of the AECA, the Ohio
In a letter to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday
Kucinich informed the US administration of a violation of the Arms
Export Control Act (AECA) of 1976. The breach, under AECA law, should
result in a Presidential report on the violation.
According to the AECA any defense articles sold or leased by the United
States must not be used to escalate conflict.
"We can not truly celebrate a New Year, a new Congress and a new
administration if all we see is the same old destruction in the Middle
East with US weapons being illegally used to kill children," Kucinich
said in his statement.
"I oppose Hamas' rocket attacks on Israel. The rocket attacks, even to
try to end the blockade, have no moral justification, are illegal and
must stop," the statement added.
"But how can Israel claim self defense when it bombs Gaza which has no
army, no air force, no navy and has been under a constant blockade? How
can Israel claim self defense when its bombs destroy UN schools, killing
The Democrat senator criticized the US administration for its silence on
Israel's use of American weapons against people of Gaza which he said
was in an apparent violation of the Arms Export Control Act.
"Israel was given US weapons on condition they would not be used for
aggression or escalation. The outgoing Administration must finally stand
for the rule of law, not the rule of force. "
"The children of Palestinians and the children of Israel both deserve
life. But the lives of the children of Gaza are cynically discounted as
'human shields'," Kucinich added.
The Gaza Strip is faced with a serious humanitarian crisis since it came
under massive Israeli fire beginning on December 27. Tel Aviv had
claimed that its offensive is aimed at halting Hamas rocket attacks on
However, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert later
unveiled that the main objective of the assault was to topple the
democratically-elected Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.
Over 710 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,100 others have
been wounded in nearly two-week long Israeli aggression on the coastal
Gaza residents are suffering from a shortage of fuel, medicine, food and
water and the Israeli Army has been preventing Red Cross aid convoys
from entering the populated region. Hospitals are also running out of
fuel required for the operation of generators that provide power supply
to health facilities.
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