From the Green Party Shadow Cabinet:
What the U.S. State Department would do…
…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
The U.S. Government policy to aid and abet the terrible violence in Gaza not only kills and dehumanizes Palestinians, but it also runs counter to U.S. law, wrecks our diplomatic reputation, and further endangers Israelis. We do not accept the excuses or blame shifting by any group for civilian deaths.
The diplomatic disaster has perhaps one silver lining: a change in U.S. policy can rapidly end the bulk of the violence. This should start with an announcement:
-Calling on Israel to end military operations in the West Bank and Gaza with the threat of cutting off diplomatic ties if operations do not cease.
-Calling on all groups in Palestine to respect and match the cessation of Israeli military operations.
-That the U.S. will cease using its United Nations veto to provide immunity for Israeli breaches of international war crimes.
-Support for Palestinian membership of international institutions, including the International Criminal Court (The U.S. also must recognize and join the ICC).
-An end to all U.S. military aid to Israel in compliance with the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act prohibiting aid to nations which have acquired or transferred nuclear materials outside of the non-proliferation treaty.
-Demand Egypt to open the Gaza border to humanitarian supplies and trade.
-Request the Office of Foreign Assets Control to identify effective economic sanctions to be leveled if Israel does not end its military occupation.
These are first steps, and will not achieve an end to the occupation, nor will it end all violence. However, it is vital first step for the U.S. end its policy of backing the occupation, and obstructing peace efforts, and immediately stop the Israeli attack on Gaza.