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Another Biden Administration Official Resigns Over U.S. Stance on Gaza War

Lily Greenberg Call says she cannot represent the US government “in good conscience” and condemns the “catastrophic” Gaza policy.

Another official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has publicly resigned to protest continued U.S. support for Israel during its war on Gaza, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Lily Greenberg Call, a special assistant to the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior, wrote in her resignation letter that she could not “in good conscience continue to represent” the government, AP reported Wednesday.

Call, who is Jewish, also condemned comments Biden has made since the Gaza war began in October, including one in which he warned: “Without the existence of Israel, there would not be a Jew in the world who would be safe.” “

“He makes Jews the face of the American war machine. And that is so deeply wrong,” she told the news outlet in an interview.

A handful of Biden administration officials and appointees — including a former U.S. Army officer — have publicly resigned over U.S. Gaza policy since the conflict began on Oct. 7.

The resignations came amid widespread anger in the country over Biden’s unwavering support of Israel, despite the rising death toll in Gaza and allegations that Israeli forces are committing genocide against Palestinians in the enclave.

More than 35,000 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began, and Israel’s ongoing attacks and sieges on the territory have created a dire humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands were internally displaced.

But despite the high impact of Israel’s military offensive and the recent decision to suspend a U.S. arms shipment to Israel, the Biden administration signaled this week that it plans to send an additional $1 billion in military aid to Israel.

The news was condemned by human rights activists, who have been urging Washington for months to suspend all arms sales to its key Middle East ally.

A recent U.S. State Department report found that Israeli forces likely used U.S.-supplied weapons in a manner “contrary to international law.” But it stopped short of identifying violations that would mean an end to ongoing military aid from Washington.

On Wednesday, Josh Paul — a former State Department official who resigned in October over the U.S.’s Gaza policy — said the Biden administration’s recent resignation signaled that “the tide is turning.”

Paul noted in a post on LinkedIn that U.S. university students, Democratic Party voters, and Biden’s own staff and political appointees have all made it clear that they oppose his Middle East policies.

The US president, who is seeking re-election in November, is facing growing disapproval over his stance on Gaza from key parts of his Democratic base.

Young people, progressives and voters of color, among others, have said they would not vote for him in the upcoming election unless he changes course.

“How many more Palestinian lives will it take for President Biden to catch up with the American electorate and end American support for the war crimes Israel is committing with our funding and weapons?” Paul wrote.

Call, who resigned from the Interior Ministry, also said Israel’s Gaza war and U.S. support for it were “catastrophic.”

“I think the president needs to know that there are people in his administration who think this is disastrous,” Call told The Associated Press. “Not just for Palestinians, for Israelis, for Jews, for Americans, for his election prospects.”

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