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13 November 2023

Palestinians Sue Biden for Failure to Prevent Genocide, Seek Emergency Order to Stop Military and Diplomatic Support for Israeli Government’s Assault on Gaza

Center for Constitutional Rights

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Civil complaint filed against US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III or failing to prevent unfolding genocide where they have influence over the State of Israel to do so, and directly abetting its development with weapons, funds, and diplomatic cover.

The complaint, which seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, cites the US government’s unconditional support for Israel as it bombs the people of Gaza and deprives them of food, water, and other necessities. It provides extensive evidence that the acts of the Israeli government represent an unfolding genocide, which the Genocide Convention defines as acts committed “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group,” and which can be accomplished through killing, inflicting serious bodily or mental harm upon a targeted group, or by “inflicting upon the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.