Sen. Van Hollen Calls Israelis ‘War Criminals,’ Votes to Send Them $14 Billion in New Military Aid

The $14 billion for Israel is packed into a $95 billion foreign military aid bill the Senate passed Tuesday morning

In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) called the Israelis “war criminals” for intentionally withholding food from Gaza as children are starving. But on Tuesday morning, Van Hollen voted “yes” on a $95 billion foreign military aid bill that includes $14 billion to support Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians.

“Kids in Gaza are now dying from the deliberate withholding of food. In addition to the horror of that news, one other thing is true. That is a war crime. It is a textbook war crime. And that makes those who orchestrate it, war criminals,” Van Hollen said.

The senator said President Biden “must demand that the Netanyahu government immediately allow more food and water, and other lifesaving supplies into Gaza and make sure it reaches the children and other people who are starving.”

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t agree to the demands, Van Hollen said President Biden should invoke Section 620-I of the Foreign Assistance Act. Section 620-I is designed to cut off arms exports to any country that’s restricting the delivery of US humanitarian assistance.

Van Hollen also attempted to justify his reasoning for voting to send $14 billion in military aid to people he just described as war criminals. According to The Intercept, Van Hollen cited the $60 billion in spending on the proxy war in Ukraine and the $9.2 billion in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, Gaza, and other war zones around the world as enough of a reason to pass a bill that will give more weapons to a government that’s killed 12,300 Palestinian children since October 7.

The bill passed in a vote of 70-29, with 20 Republicans voting in favor and only two Democrats opposing the legislation. Its fate in the House is unclear as Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is signaling he wants a border deal before bringing it to the floor for a vote.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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