U.S. Court Concludes Israel’s Assault on Gaza Is a Plausible Case of Genocide


Unprecedented: U.S. Judge Urges Biden Administration to Cease Unwavering Support for Israel’s Ongoing Siege of the Palestinian People in Gaza

On January 26, right after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, a federal court in Oakland, California, witnessed a pivotal moment as arguments were presented in the case Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) v. Biden. In a groundbreaking move last night, thanks to the live testimonies from Palestinian plaintiffs and a genocide/Holocaust scholar, the U.S. federal judge acknowledged the plausibility of Israel's actions amounting to genocide in Gaza and called on the Biden Administration to reevaluate its unwavering support for Israel. 

The court found it lacked the power to resolve the case because it implicated executive decision-making in foreign policy, leading to the case's dismissal. While the dismissal on jurisdictional grounds is disappointing, the court's historical rebuke is unprecedented and sends a clear message about the severity of Israel’s war crimes. The ICJ’s parallel ruling further underscores the urgent global attention and action needed. The U.S.  Federal court's reliance on uncontroverted live testimonies and expert opinions from Palestinian witnesses, alongside the recognition of the United States' substantial role in the genocide, demands immediate attention. The plea to the Biden administration to reconsider its stance reaffirms the moral imperative for accountability in the ongoing humanitarian crises.

We congratulate the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) for their relentless pursuit of justice. Their dedication to bringing forth the voices of Palestinians impacted is commendable, and we stand in solidarity with their ongoing efforts.

This underscores the importance of continued pressure on Congress and the Biden administration. As the court calls for a reevaluation of the unwavering support provided to Israel, it becomes imperative for citizens, activists, and organizations to intensify efforts to hold the government accountable for its actions.

The testimonies of the Palestinian plaintiffs, their families, and the expert opinions presented in court provide a compelling case for immediate action. AMP echoes the sentiments expressed by the court and urges the Biden administration to critically examine its policies and take concrete steps to address the serious allegations of complicity in the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

This is a critical juncture in the pursuit of justice and humanitarian values. We call on all allies to continue raising awareness, advocating for accountability, and pressuring authorities to address the urgent needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

In solidarity,
American Muslims for Palestine