Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Ocasio-Cortez seeks to suspend US arms sales to Israel and Saudi Arabia

Is she finally knocking off the bullshit and getting to the point?

Middle East Monitor

Democrat representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last week presented an amendment to the US defence budget bill. If agreed, the amendment will block the transfer of $735 million worth of Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) to Israel.

The Biden administration approved the controversial sale less than a week before Israel launched its recent bombing campaign against Gaza, which killed more than 250 people including women and children. The amendment related to Israel was, tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, linked to the “bombing of Palestinian civilians and media centres” in May. This was a reference to the bombing of a building in Gaza City that housed the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera as well as residential units.

The proposal was introduced alongside six other amendments, including one to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, blamed for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, and another concerning the US relationship with Colombia.

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