S.J. Res. 54 is a joint resolution to direct the removal of the United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. The resolution was authored by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Mike Lee, and Democrat Chris Murphy.
There will likely be a Senate vote on the resolution this week, and our senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have not yet taken a stance on it. We are asking you to contact our senators in order to show public support for the resolution, in the hopes it will be passed by the Senate. Please make a call today and let them know why you support this resolution.
You can reach their local offices at these phone numbers:
Sen. Patty Murray: (425) 259-6515
Sen. Maria Cantwell: (425) 303-0114
More information here: https://act.mpowerchange.org/call/call-senate-yemen
Antisemitism vs Anti-zionism: Behind the controversy
Published March 5, 2018 in the AS Review
I want to thank Gwen Frost for a thoughtful article on Noa Raman’s visit to WWU. Both anti-semitism and routine Israeli violations of International Law deserve serious scrutiny.
However, the discussion overlooks one crucially important fact: our United States government has given Israel over $3 billion each year in foreign aid for decades, more than to any other country. Our government also gives Israel ongoing, bipartisan diplomatic support. For example: President Trump announced that he would move the United States embassy to Jerusalem; the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution calling President Trump’s decision “null and void”; only seven other countries joined the US and Israel to vote against that resolution.
The Obama administration engaged in the largest joint military exercise ever to be held between the two countries, and repeatedly cast the only “no” votes on measures critical of Israel at the UN Human Rights Council.
In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel is violating international law with its establishment of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, and should return the land and property it seized. The ICJ also ruled that “all states [including the United States] are under an obligation not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created [by the settlements].”
It is not Israeli violations of International Law that should concern us: as United States citizens, we should be concerned with the fact that our own government is criminally sponsoring, supporting, and in fact makes possible those violations.
WWU alumnus, MS in Mathematics 2009
Board Member, Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
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