US federal workers to protest Biden’s Israel’s war on Gaza Policy

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WASHINGTON — Feds United for Peace group, consisting of dozens of US government employees across nearly two dozen agencies, plan to walk off the job Tuesday to protest the Biden administration’s handling of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, Al-Monitor reported.اضافة اعلان

The group’s organizers, who requested anonymity, will be observing a “Day of Mourning” to mark 100 days of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, expecting “easily hundreds” of others to join in their walkout after securing commitments from individuals at 22 federal agencies.

According to a list obtained by Al-Monitor, those include the Executive Office of the President, the National Security Agency, the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, as well as, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Naval Research Laboratory.

The planned walkout is a reflection of mounting anger among US officials over the Biden administration’s refusal to call for an immediate ceasefire in the strip.

Furthermore, several letters criticizing the administration’s policy have been composed through the State Department’s private “dissent channel,” originally established during the Vietnam War. Unidentified staffers from President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign also wrote an open letter warning that his policy on Israel’s war on the strip could result in a loss of voter support.

One of the organizers said that rather than quitting, they felt a moral obligation to influence change from the inside, blaming the White House for certain policy decisions; such as the obstruction of ceasefire resolutions at the UN and weapons sales to Israel that have bypassed Congress.

They said, “It’s one thing to write letters from within, but when policy discussions and dissent cables yield no shift in policy — and in some views, a double down on that policy — then people feel they have no other option because they’re not being heard.”

According to Al-Monitor, Biden administration officials have tried to address the internal frustrations, as Secretary of State Antony Blinken participated in listening sessions with Arab American, Muslim, and Jewish staffers. Additionally, other senior State Department and White House officials have since held similar meetings with staff members.

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