Last week, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD) introduced an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit Israel from using U.S. Security Assistance Funds to unilaterally annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Senator Van Hollen was joined by twelve other Senators--Patrick Leahy (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Chris Murphy (CT), Tom Udall (NM), Brian Schatz (HI), Martin Heinrich (NM), Bernie Sanders (VT), Tom Carper (DE), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Jeff Merkley (OR.), Tim Kaine (VA), and Sherrod Brown (OH).
With formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank still on the table, this amendment is a significant and a proactive step forward by ensuring that the US does not financially support annexation and further enable oppression. The US should neither foot the bill, nor provide diplomatic cover for annexation.
Annexation would entrench inequalities and abuses of Palestinians’ human rights for the foreseeable future. This amendment from Senator Van Hollen is a positive first step in ensuring the U.S. does not offer material support for annexation and instead can contribute to a just future for Israelis and Palestinians. Let your Senators know you support this amendment and that you would like for them to add their name as a cosponsor!
When you click to take action below you will have the chance to either thank your senators for cosponsoring this amendment or ask them to cosponsor. For those who have one senator who has cosponsored, and one who has not, you will be able to send separate messages depending on the actions they have taken.