Pro-Hamas Dem Senator Seeks to Ban Funding to Elite Israeli Forces
In June of this year Israeli officials released photographs of Gaza flotilla “peace activists” on the Mavi Marmara ship armed with weapons. These pro-Hamas peace activists threw stun grenades and beat the Israeli soldiers with chains when they boarded their ship.
From the IMRA facebook page:
Yediot Ahronot published photo on 7 June 2011 from the Marmara from 2010 showing one with gun and another with automatic weapon with MK Zuabi in the area a minute later.
Now Democratic US Senator Patrick Leahy is siding with the Islamists.
The far left senator wants to ban funding of the elite Israeli units who were ambushed by the pro-Hamas goons when they boarded the Mavi Marmara.
Haaretz reported, via Lucianne:
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force’s Shaldag unit.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a long-time friend of Leahy’s, met with him in Washington two weeks ago to try to persuade him to withdraw the initiative.
According to a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Leahy began promoting the legislation in recent months after he was approached by voters in his home state of Vermont.
A few months ago, a group of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a rally across from Leahy’s office, demanding that he denounce the killing by Shayetet 13 commandos of nine Turkish activists who were part of the flotilla to Gaza last May.
Leahy, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee’s sub-committee on foreign operations, was the principle sponsor of a 1997 bill prohibiting the United States from providing military assistance or funding to foreign military units suspected of human rights abuses or war crimes. The law also stipulates that the U.S. Defense Department screen foreign officers and soldiers who come to the United States for training for this purpose.
Leahy wants the new clause to become a part of the U.S. foreign assistance legislation for 2012, placing restrictions on military assistance to Israel, particularly to those three units.
Leahy says these units are responsible for harming innocent Palestinian civilians and that no system of investigation is in place to ensure that their members are not committing human rights violations.