Published: 2017-07-06 10:10
Last Updated: 2017-07-06 11:40
In a first-of-its-kind move, 32 Members of Congress signed a petition addressed to the State Department, calling on US Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson to personally intervene and urge Israel to reconsider its charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro.
Tens of thousands of US citizens also signed the petition.
Amro is currently facing 18 charges in Israeli military court for his non-violent protests and activism against illegal settlements in the city of Hebron in the West Bank.
Members of Congress who have signed the letter fear that Israel’s military court will not offer Amro a fair and impartial trial, seeing as Palestinians are usually convicted at a 99.74 percent rate by the court.
The pro-Palestine members are long-time supporters of the Palestinian case and have been attacked by the Jewish Lobby in the US on several occasions.
Amro said that the Israeli government, in cooperation with Israeli settlers, fabricated the unlawful charges against him, with the goal of eliminating youth activism against illegal Israeli settlements.
The 32 Members of Congress
Here’s the list (alphabetically by last name) of the 32 Members of Congress who signed the letter:
Karen Bass (CA-37), Don Beyer (VA-8), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), André Carson (IN-7), John Conyers (MI-13), Danny Davis (IL-7), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-4), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-Delegate), Jared Huffman (CA-2), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Hank Johnson (GA-4), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Jim McGovern (MA-2), Gwen Moore (WI-4), Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Mark Pocan (WI-2), David Price (NC-4), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Peter Welch (VT-At Large).