U.S. Finds Israel’s Use of Weapons “Inconsistent” with Human Rights Law

(VitalNews.org) – The United States has stated that the use of weapons supplied to Israel has been “inconsistent” with international human rights laws. However, there’s not enough evidence to link the U.S.-supplied weapons to violations or enough evidence to cease supply.

The report states concerns over Israeli compliance but ultimately says that the United States doesn’t have enough evidence to terminate its supply to Israel. The report was mandated by a national security memorandum signed by Biden to look into the concerns of whether recipients of U.S. arms are complying with human rights laws.

A senior administration official said that the assessment looked at a general view of Israel, but that there was no direct evidence of a U.S. weapon being used in a specific incident where it constituted a war crime.

“Although we have gained some insight into Israel’s procedures and rules, we do not have complete information to verify whether US defense articles covered under the national security memorandum were specifically used in actions that have been alleged as violations of IHL or international human rights law during the period of the report.”

The report came after Biden expressed his own misgivings over Israel’s use of the weapons supplied by the United States. Biden stated that they underpinned his decision to hold a delivery of U.S.-made bombs, saying, “Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers.”

Van Hollen, a United States Senator, said that the report was “contradictory.” He said, “You find a big gap in the administration’s report when it comes to actually looking at specific cases of use of weapons.”

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