U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken met Tuesday in Ramallah with a Palestinian activist who urged him to use the word “apartheid” in reference to Israel and asked the U.S. to end arms sales to Israel, as well as financial and diplomatic support.
Issa Amro, who described himself in a press released as a “grassroots Palestinian activist,” met Blinken on his recent visit to the region, along with State Department official Hady Amr. (Breitbart News has previously reported Amr’s anti-Israel views.)
After decades of occupation, it’s good that @SecBlinken & @HadyAmr meet w/Palestinian civil society. I was happy to welcome them. I hope they meet w/youth in #SheikhJarrah & next time come to Hebron & see the daily reality of apartheid. The US shouldn’t fund human rights abuses. pic.twitter.com/l5BI39qQlr
— Issa Amro عيسى عمرو 🇵🇸 (@Issaamro) May 25, 2021
In a press release, Amro said:
In the meeting, which was with members of Palestinian civil society, Amro asked the Secretary of State to end unquestioned U.S. financial and diplomatic support for Israel. “I told him that without making Israel’s occupation costly, nothing will change,” Amro said. “It is a one-state reality of apartheid.” … Amro said the meeting with Blinken was productive and described Blinken and Amr as compassionate and concerned.
Amro also opposed a $735 million arms sale to Israel, claiming that Israel had “carried on an attack on the Gaza strip.”
Israel attacked Palestinian Hamas terrorists in response to Hamas launching thousands of rockets at Israel, targeting civilians. The arms sale involved precision guided munitions designed to minimize civilian casualties. Even the head of UNRWA, the United Nations’ special agency for Palestinian refugees, described Israel’s strikes in Gaza as “precise” and sophisticated.”
The false claim of “apartheid” is an accusation hurled at Israel ever since the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, which was noted for its antisemitism. The accusation is aimed at isolating Israel.
The Legal Insurrection blog noted Amro’s history as a radical activist in 2017, reporting that he has called for a third “intifada,” has posted messages sympathetic to Palestinian terrorism, and has shared antisemitic rhetoric on social media.
President Joe Biden billed Blinken’s visit to the region as part of “efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”
Palestinian leaders refused to negotiate with Israel during both the Obama and Trump administrations, and refused to stop paying stipends to terrorists and their families, leading to U.S. funding cuts under the Taylor Force Act. Trump also reduced funding to the UNRWA over concerns that it supports extremism.
The Trump administration also shuttered the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, DC in 2018, pursuant to a U.S. law requiring the office to be closed if the Palestinians tried to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court. Later, the Palestinian Authority turned down Trump’s peacemaking efforts, even when offered $50 billion in investment assistance.
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