A legal advocacy organization based in New York has announced that it is taking legal action against US President Joe Biden and his administration, alleging that they have failed to prevent what they deem as a “genocide” of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
The complaint, filed on behalf of various Palestinian groups including Al-Haq and Defense for Children International, argues that the ongoing “genocide” of the Palestinian population in Gaza has been made possible due to the unwavering support provided by President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Furthermore, the defendants are accused of disregarding calls for a ceasefire or restrictions on Israel’s use of military assistance from the US, despite the alarming number of civilian casualties.
Gallagher, a representative of the legal advocacy organization, stated, “The United States bears a clear and binding responsibility to prevent, rather than perpetuate, genocide. They have failed to fulfill their legal and moral obligation to utilize their significant power to put an end to this atrocity. It is imperative that they take immediate action.”
The lawsuit was filed in California with the aim of compelling the defendants to take all necessary measures to prevent Israel from committing what is described as genocidal acts against the Palestinian people in Gaza. These measures include urging Israel to cease its bombing campaign, lift the blockade on the territory, and prevent the forcible expulsion of Palestinians.
According to the latest figures provided by Palestinian authorities in Gaza, over 11,180 Palestinians, including more than 7,700 women and children, have lost their lives, while over 28,200 others have been injured. In contrast, official figures indicate that the Israeli death toll stands at nearly 1,200.
The ongoing conflict has aggravated the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, further depleting essential resources such as food, water, and fuel. The Israeli siege has severely hindered the delivery of crucial international aid to the coastal enclave.