Update, September 20, 2021: Over 100 civil society organizations endorsed this amendment to the NDAA, including the Adalah Justice Project, Al- Haq, American Friends Service Committee, Arab American Institute, Arms Control Association, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Churches for Middle East Peace, Defense for Children International – Palestine, Dream Defenders, Friends Committee on National Legislation, IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Sunrise Movement, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Win Without War, Working Families Party, and more. Full list included below.

Washington D.C. – This week, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Mark Pocan filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block the transfer of a $735 million weapons sale between Boeing and the Israeli government. JVP Action is proud to endorse this amendment. 

This sale includes the same types of bombs used by the Israeli government in its May 2021 military assault on Gaza that caused the deaths of at least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured 1,948. According to reports from the AP and The New York Times, these weapons were used in the bombing of the al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza, which killed 44 Palestinians in one night – the single deadliest incident of May’s hostilities. 

The NDAA amendment comes in the wake of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Pocan, and Sen. Sanders’ historic opposition to the weapons sale in May, and is in line with the demand from over 100 civil society organizations to the Biden administration last June to halt the weapons transfer. 

“Last May, the Israeli government used Boeing-made bombs to kill 44 Palestinians in one night in the neighborhood of al-Rimal, just one of the many deadly attacks during Israel’s 11-day military assault that killed 256 people. This is a massacre in which the U.S. is directly complicit. Human rights champions like Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pocan are showing that they will not continue to allow the free flow of U.S. bombs to Israel. The message from House progressives is clear: The time of Israeli impunity is over.” 

JVP Action Senior Government Affairs Manager, Beth Miller

Contact your representative to support the amendment here.

National Organizations (U.S.)
Adalah Justice Project
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslim Bar Association
American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Americans for Justice in Palestine Action
Arab American Institute (AAI)
Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)
Armenian-American Action Network
Arms Control Association
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for International Policy
Churches for Middle East Peace
Defense for Children International – Palestine
Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
Detention Watch Network
Disciples Palestine Israel Network
DSA BDS & Palestine Solidarity Working Group
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Palestine Israel Network
Eyewitness Palestine
For All
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project
Israel Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA)
Jahalin Solidarity
Jewish Voice for Peace Action
Jewish Voice for Peace Heath Advisory Council
Just Foreign Policy
Justice Democrats
Muslim Delegates and Allies
National Lawyers Guild, International Committee
National Lawyers Guild, Palestine Subcommittee
New Generation for Palestine (NGP) Action
OD Action
On Earth Peace
Our Revolution
Palestine Advocacy Project
Palestine Legal
Palestinian American Organizations Network
Pax Christi USA
Peace Action
Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Democrats of America Middle East Alliances
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunrise Movement
The Feminist Front
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
Tunisian United Network
U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network
United for Peace and Justice
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)
USA Palestine Mental Health Organization
Win Without War
Women for Weapons Trade Transparency
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
Working Families Party
Regional Organizations (U.S.)
Arab American Civic Council
Asociación Americana de Juristas
Chicago Faith Coalition for Middle East Peace
Colorado Friends of Sabeel
Council on American Islamic Relations Missouri chapter
Dream Defenders
ICNA CSJ – California
Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign (MN BBC)
MN BDS Community
NorCal Sabeel
Project South
Sacramento Regional Coalition for Palestinian Rights
Tree of Life Educational Fund
Voices for Justice in Palestine
Washington Advocates for Palestinian Rights
Local Organizations (U.S.)
Arab American Civic Council
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
Corvallis Palestine Solidarity
Coulee Region Coalition for Palestinian Rights
Friends of Sabeel Colorado
Human Rights Awareness: Palestine Israel/CD3-IP
Jewish Voice For Peace – Westchester
Jewish Voice for Peace – Central Ohio
Jewish Voice for Peace – Sacramento
Jewish Voice for Peace – Tucson chapter
Jewish Voice for Peace – Greater Los Angeles
Jewish Voice for Peace – Twin Cities
Massachusetts Peace Action
Northfielders (MN) for Justice in Palestine/Israel
Progressive Peace Coalition
Sacramento Democrats for Justice in Palestine
SE MN Alliance of Peacemakers
The Freedom BLOC
Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
Palestine-based Organizations
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center
Unitarian Universalists Justicefor Middle East (UUJME)
International Organizations
Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
Friends of Wadi Foquin
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Reformed Church in America
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network