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US President Joe Biden sued for ‘complicity in Israel’s genocide’ on Gaza

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A rights group in the US has sued President Joe Biden and two of his cabinet members for their “failure to prevent and complicity in the Israeli government’s unfolding genocide” in Gaza.

New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit against the three officials on behalf of Palestinian human rights organizations and Palestinians in Gaza and the US, according to a statement on the civil liberties group’s website.

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The federal complaint against Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin states that they “have not only failed to prevent the genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza but have helped advance the gravest of crimes by continuing to provide the Israeli government with unconditional military and diplomatic support, coordinating closely on military strategy, and undermining efforts by the international community to stop Israel’s unrelenting and unprecedented bombing campaign and total siege of Gaza.”

Israel has killed at least 11,100 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including over 4,600 children, and injured more than 28,000 others, according to the health ministry.

In an introduction to its complaint, the CCR said, “Numerous Israeli government leaders have expressed clear genocidal intentions and deployed dehumanizing characterizations of Palestinians, including ‘human animals.’”

“At the same time, the Israeli military has bombed civilian areas and infrastructure, including by using chemical weapons, and deprived Palestinians of everything necessary for human life, including water, food, electricity, fuel, and medicine.”

Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip on Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. (AP)
Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip on Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. (AP)

The “statements of intent,” in addition to the “mass killing, causing serious bodily and mental harm, and the total siege and closure creating conditions of life to bring about the physical destruction of the group – reveal evidence of an unfolding crime of genocide,” the group continued.

The CCR also cited several leading genocide legal scholars and historians of genocide and the Holocaust, including William Schabas, who identified the Israeli government’s rhetoric and military response as signs of genocide.

Following the Hamas incursion into southern Israel on October 7, Biden voiced his “unwavering” support for the Israeli government.

Palestinians search for casualties a day after Israeli strikes on houses in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, November 1, 2023. (File photo: AFP)
Palestinians search for casualties a day after Israeli strikes on houses in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, November 1, 2023. (File photo: AFP)

The president, Blinken, and Llyod have since “sought approval from Congress to provide Israel with an additional $14.1 billion in military hardware, deployed aircraft carrier battle groups, and increased US forces in the region to ‘assist in the defense of Israel,’” the CCR said.

Despite having a “significant capacity” to influence Israel’s actions as its primary provider of military and political support, the group said, “The US has been obligated, since learning of the serious risk of genocide in Gaza, to exercise its considerable influence on the Israeli government to prevent the crime.”

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