U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken met Tuesday in Ramallah with a well-known radical Palestinian activist who urged him to use the word “apartheid” about Israel. The activist specifically asked the United States to end arms sales to Israel, as well as financial and diplomatic support.
Issa Amro is the Palestinian who met with Blinken on Tuesday at the height of the conflict between U.S. ally Israel and the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, sparking controversy among human rights advocates, Jews, and supporters of Israel.
Amro, who described himself in a press release as a “grassroots Palestinian activist,” met Blinken on his recent visit to the region, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, Hady Amr. Amr has repeatedly spoken out against the Israeli state.
In a press release, Amro reported that he asked the Secretary of State to end unquestioning U.S. financial and diplomatic support for Israel during the meeting. Amro also mentioned that the meeting with Blinken was productive and described Blinken and Amr as compassionate and concerned about the situation.
Amro also objected to the U.S.-approved arms sale of some $735 million to Israel, claiming that Israel had “carried out an attack in the Gaza Strip.”
Its common knowledge that Israel attacked Hamas terrorists after being showered with missiles for several days by the terrorists targeting civilians in Jerusalem.
Amro cited a recent B’tselem and Human Rights Watch report and asked Blinken to have the U.S. administration use the word “apartheid” in reference to Israel. “We want political relations between the U.S. and the Palestinians, not just security relations,” Amro said.
The blog Legal Insurrection reported on Amro’s record as a radical Palestinian activist in 2017. It charged that he has posted explicit messages showing his sympathy for Palestinian terrorism and has also shared anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media.
In parallel, President Joe Biden celebrated Blinken’s mission in a pre-meeting press release in which he called the Secretary of State’s visit to the region part of “efforts to rebuild ties to, and support for, the Palestinian people and leaders, after years of neglect.”
The rapprochement between Biden and governments that sponsor terrorist cells such as Palestine and Iran has not gone down well among conservative sectors and those who understand Israel as a staunch ally of the United States.
In 2018, Trump stopped sending financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (about $200 million annually) and also declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a city that the Palestinians also claim as theirs, knowing that those funds in part ended up financing terrorist sectors.
According to Breitbart, Biden said in a press release on Friday, “It is essential that Palestinians in the West Bank be safe, that Abbas be recognized as the leader of the Palestinian people, which he is,” and promised to rebuild Gaza “for all those innocent people who have in fact been hurt and—and it’s been collateral damage.”
Although Biden assured that his actions would benefit the Palestinians and not the Hamas group, Gaza is considered a Hamas-run area and a center of operations for attacking Israel.