Peace and Security

Ocasio-Cortez drafts resolution to block $735m sale of weapons to Israel

Progressive United States legislators have introduced a measure to block the sale of $375m in weapons to Israel, saying the Biden administration should not be “rubber-stamping” arms transfers to the Israeli government as it bombs the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, led a group of Democratic lawmakers, introduced a resolution to block the recently announced sale of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

The Washington Post first reported the Biden administration on May 5 had notified Congress of the deal, which includes Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) used to turn bombs into precision-guided missiles.

“The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday.

“We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”



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