ADC Response to State of the Union Address

Washington, DC | | March 7, 2024 – Peddling disinformation and Israeli talking points, the President refused to call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire during this evening’s State of the Union Address. Instead, the President continues to run interference for the Israeli genocide in Gaza by blaming the Palestinian people for Israel’s collective punishment. He attempted to save his political future with hollow and demeaning assurances of humanitarian aid, while continuing to provide unprecedented numbers of weapons to be rained down on Palestinian children. His administration funds and supplies the genocide, disregards U.S. and international law, and provides the Israeli regime political and diplomatic protection.

To be clear, the President did not call for a ceasefire, he called for a six (6) week pause in the Israeli genocidal campaign. President Biden needs to do more to stop the wholesale slaughter of Palestinians and hold Israel accountable to the rules that apply to every other country in the world. He must halt the sales of weapons to Israel, reinstate funding to UNRWA, ensure the necessary amount of humanitarian aid gets to Gaza, an end to the occupation of Gaza, and call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire. The President must also apologize and retract his harmful peddling and repetition of misinformation about Palestinians that continues to dehumanize our community, and serves to further inflame the genocidal aims of the Zionist state and its supporters.

The Arab American community, and indeed all Americans of conscience, expected more from the President this evening.

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