Israel and Gaza: Holding members of Congress legally accountable


In legalistic terms, based on what I’ve observed, there is “probable cause” to believe the current members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation have violated their “oath of office” by “aiding or abetting” the international “war crimes” the State of Israel has apparently committed in Gaza.(1,2)

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They also appear to be violating their oath by failing to enforce the U.S. Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Unlike Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), none of them has to my knowledge implored Secretary of State Rice to submit a required Presidential report on possible AECA violations.(3)

Instead, all but Rep’s. Ellison and McCollum have supported the largely one-sided House and Senate resolutions that essentially gave Israel a “green light” to escalate military and other operations in Gaza.(3,4) And all but newly elected GOP Rep. Eric Paulsen have apparently voted for military and other aid to Israel despite its apparent history of AECA violations.

So along with letters to the editor, filing petitions, occupying offices, etc., we should hold our Congressional members accountable by establishing a Citizens Jury of Conscience on Israel and Gaza, conducting public hearings, and announcing the findings on how they have, in fact, violated their “oath of office.”

That’s “direct action” that can have much more clout in shaping public opinion, changing Congressional behavior, and establishing a just peace in Israel and Gaza.

(1) “Probable cause”

See “aiding or abetting” in

Under Artivle VI of the U.S. Constitution: “. . . . (T)he Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land. . . .

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned . . . and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution. . . .”

The “Treaties” to which the U.S. is a signatory include the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions.

(2) “Israel’s War Crimes”

“Israel: Stop Shelling Crowded Gaza City”

“Israel: End Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis at Once”

See the other 2007-2009 Human Rights Watch reports on Israel and Gaza.

(3) “Israel May Be in Violation of Arms Export Control Act”
Note: bypass the video to read the text.

(4) The House resolution

The Senate resolution