Biden Has Had the Power to Stop Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza Since Day One

[Truthout April 5, 2024] For the first time since Israel launched its devastating offensive on Gaza six months ago, President Joe Biden appears to have convinced right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to change policy. The Israeli government’s decision to open up the Erez crossing to allow more relief supplies came after a phone call between the two on Thursday, in which for the first time Biden appeared to threaten some kind of specific action if Israel did not abide by a U.S. request.
This comes following Israel’s killing of seven humanitarian workers with World Central Kitchen, including a U.S. citizen, with growing evidence that the attack may have been deliberate. This raises the question as to why the United States hasn’t taken such firm action sooner and why Biden is still unwilling to force Israel to agree to a ceasefire. [Source Link]

How Biden Immediately Undermined UN Ceasefire Vote

[The Progressive April 8, 2024] The Biden Administration is trying to seem like they’re working to bring an end to the fighting when, in fact, they are not. On March 25, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2728 calling for a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza for the remaining two weeks of Ramadan, along with other provisions. It made headlines in large part because the United States did not veto it as it had previous ceasefire resolutions. The Biden Administration, however, had no intention for the resolution to actually take effect. 
The US was the only country in the fifteen-member UN body not to vote in favor, once again demonstrating its isolation in the international community. The Biden Administration had threatened to veto the original draft resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire, only agreeing to not cast a veto in return for dropping the word “permanent.” Source Link

Spring 2024 articles quoting Dr. Stephen Zunes

* Will Israel Defy Another Security Council Resolution? Inter Press News Service, April 9, 2024] This article examines Israel’s tradition of defying UN Security Council resolutions even when the United States allows them to pass and the U.S. refusal to allow them to be enforced: IPS source link
* Plus two recent articles in a major Swedish daily on US policy toward Israel and Palestine: March 29, 2024 & March 30, 2024

Interview: A Beacon of Hope in Troubled Times; Stephen Zunes

Resource Center for Nonviolence, January 11, 2024; 25 min. on YouTube.

In an era marked by escalating tensions and complex geopolitical dynamics, the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) remains steadfast in its mission to foster peace and justice through understanding. Upholding the philosophy of nonviolence and the values of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community, RCNV is hosting a pivotal event, “Shadows of War: Decoding U.S. Role in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict,” featuring the esteemed Professor Stephen Zunes, a leading authority on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. foreign policy.
During an insightful conversation with RCNV’s Executive Director, Silvia Morales, Professor Zunes shared his nuanced understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its alignment with RCNV’s principles of nonviolence and justice. Reflecting on the Jewish community’s involvement in RCNV and their connection to Israel, Zunes observed, “Jews have played a disproportionate role in RCNV leadership and activism. Jews feel an attachment to the state, often rationalizing war crimes committed by Israel.” His perspective resonates with RCNV’s long-standing approach to international conflicts, emphasizing human rights and international law over ideological debates.

US Has Redefined ‘Human Shields’ to Enable Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza Civilians

Truthout March 22, 2024: The civilian death rate from the United States-backed Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip is the highest of any conflict since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Rather than demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Gaza in return for the release of Israeli hostages, President Joe Biden has vetoed multiple UN Security Council resolutions, rejected calls by progressive members of Congress to condition military aid, and used emergency powers to bypass public and congressional oversight to send additional bombs and missiles… [Full Link]

Israel’s Gaza War: 7 Interviews February 2024

Israel’s Gaza War Lecture & Interviews January 2024

Jan. 24:  Santa Cruz lecture –one of my best and most comprehensive–which examines the U.S. role in Israel/Palestine, both historically and in the present, and what we can learn from it

Discussion with Silvia Morales, director of the Resource Center for Nonviolence about Israel, Palestine, U.S. policy, and the role of peace and human rights activists: Interview for a podcast on U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine and Morocco/Western Sahara: Part I & Part II.

Short interview for a Singapore television network on Israel’s assassination of a Hamas leader in Lebanon:

Israel’s War on Gaza: 3 TV & Radio interviews October-December 2023

Israel’s War on Gaza: 11 Zunes’ articles published Oct. 7-Dec. 31, 2023

Political Costs of Biden’s Support for Israel’s War Mount
U.S. Attacks on the ICJ are a Declaration of Empire
Biden’s Gaza Failure Could Cost Democrats 2024 Election
Applying International Law to Israel’s War and Hamas’ Attack
Scholars Weigh in on Gaza-Israel Conflict Counterpunch interview of Professors Zunes and international legal scholar Richard Falk [Princeton] on Israel, Gaza, and U.S. policy, 10/13/2023
How U.S. Policy Failures Have Helped Hamas
Hamas, Israel and the U.S. Have Learned Nothing
Biden’s Backing Israel War Crimes Carries on Sordid U.S. Tradition
O Globo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, on Israel’s war on Gaza (Portuguese transcript)
Quoted in Al-Jazeera article on Republicans’ support for military aid for Israeli occupation and terror bombing while opposing aid to Ukraine.
13 House Democrats Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

More Articles and interviews on the Gaza Crisis

US Actions in Yemen Helped Create Current Crisis

The Progressive 02/06/2024.
Plus Four Background Articles: