Target: President Obama, Members of Congress, Secretary Kerry, Ambassador to the U.N.,
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 10 House members have asked the Obama administration to investigate claims that the Israeli and Egyptian security forces have committed “gross violations of human rights” — allegations that infuriated Israel’s leader, but, if proven true, could affect U.S. military aid to the countries.
The request to review aid to Israel and Egypt was made in a letter sent to Secretary Kerry in February. In the letter, the senator and representatives say the “manner in which U.S. military assistance has been provided to Israel and Egypt” has hampered the application of the Leahy law. It asks the State Department to investigate several summary executions by Israeli forces listed:
“Israel: Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have reported what may be extrajudicial killings by the Israeli military and police of Fadi Alloun, Saad Al-Atrash, Hadeel Hashlamoun and Mutaz Eqisa. There are alos reports of the use of torture in the cases of Wasim Marouf and Ahmed Manasra.”
The letter also lists several human rights abuses by Egyptian security forces, incluing the Rab’aa Square massacre in August 2013 along with several extrajudicial killings and disappearances.
We want a full investigation into these allegations and, if proven true, all U.S. assistance must stop to these countries.