US Says Five Israeli Units Guilty of ‘Gross Human Rights Violations,’ But Won’t Cut Off Military Aid

The US was expected to blacklist one unit but never did

The State Department said Monday that it determined five units of Israel’s security forces were responsible for “gross human rights violations” against Palestinians in the West Bank, but the finding won’t impact US military aid to Israel.

“After a careful process, we found five Israeli units responsible for individual incidents of gross violations of human rights. All of these were incidents much before October 7, and none took place in Gaza,” said State Department spokesman Vedant Patel.

The State Department conducted the investigation under the Leahy Law, which prohibits sending military aid to security forces that commit human rights violations. But Patel said weapons transfers would not be impacted and claimed Israel had taken steps to address the US concerns about four of the units.

“Four of these units have effectively remediated these violations, which is what we expect partners to do… For a remaining unit, we continue to be in consultations and engagements with the government of Israel,” he said.

The “remaining unit” is believed to be the Netzah Yehuda, an ultra-Orthodox military battalion responsible for the death of a 78-year-old Palestinian American in 2022. Media reports said that the US was expected to blacklist Netzah Yehuda last week, but after public protest from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials, the sanctions never came.

“If anyone thinks they can impose sanctions on a unit of the [Israeli army] – I will fight it with all my strength,” Netanyahu said last week.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) in a letter last week that the US wouldn’t be sanctioning any Israeli military units despite the “gross human rights violations.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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