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Palestinian Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against President Biden

Caleb Benjamin
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 1:59 PM

The lawsuit alleges President Biden failed to prevent genocide in Gaza, and seeks to limit U.S. assistance to Israel going forward. 

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On Nov. 13, the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of two Palestinian human rights organizations, Defense for Children International - Palestine and Al-Haq, and several residents of Gaza against President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. 

The complaint alleges Biden, Blinken, and Austin failed to prevent genocide in Gaza and thus violated the 1948 Genocide Convention. The first article of the convention compels signatories, including the U.S., “to prevent and to punish” genocide. The plaintiffs ask the court to prevent the U.S. from further providing money, weapons, and other military assistance to Israel and to bar the U.S. from blocking attempts by the international community to implement a ceasefire.

You can read the complaint here or below: 

Caleb Benjamin was Lawfare's fall 2023 editorial intern. He holds a B.A. with high honors in government from Dartmouth College.

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