Dingell Urges U.S. State Department for Briefing on Efforts to Deescalate Tensions and Violence in West Bank
Washington, May 10, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) sent a letter to U.S. State Department Secretary Blinken urging for a briefing on the steps being taken to deescalate tensions and promote a peaceful resolution to the recent violence in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and southern Israel.
The increase in violence, including attempts by Israeli settlers to evict and displace Palestinian families living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and the resumption of Hamas rocket attacks in Gaza and southern Israel, continues to threaten lives and further escalates conflict in the region.
Rep. Dingell wrote, “It is important that the United States play a constructive role in resolving this escalating situation through strong diplomatic engagement with Israelis and Palestinians to both prevent further violence and address the underlying drivers of the conflict, including continued settlement expansion and efforts to forcibly remove Palestinians from East Jerusalem. With this in mind, we request that the State Department hold a Congressional briefing as soon as practicable with Members of Congress to discuss actions that the United States is taking to address these developments and promote peace, dignity and security between Israelis and Palestinians.”
To view the full letter, please click here.