An internal State Department dissent memo, signed by 100 employees, accused President Biden of spreading misinformation about the Israel-Hamas war and claimed Israel is committing war crimes.
The memo echoed progressive activists’ concerns, criticizing Biden’s handling of the conflict and urging more questioning of Israel’s actions.
The memo also recommended advocating for the release of hostages held by Hamas. (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)
Axios reported that it obtained what it called a “scathing” memo.
“Some of the memo’s language echoes that of progressive activists in the U.S., whose anger and protests over Biden’s handling of the war have rippled through the Democratic Party — and created a new challenge for the president’s 2024 campaign,” Axios reported.
“The memo, transmitted to the State Department’s policy office on Nov. 3, opens by noting the ‘recent atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7th’ — a reference to Hamas’ attack on Israel that killed 1,400 people and ignited the war. For the most part, however, the memo’s authors focus on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s counterattack on Hamas in Gaza,” Axios reported.
“Biden has backed Israel’s response while expressing concern about humanitarian issues in Gaza, but the memo says Biden should do more to question Israel’s actions,” Axios continued. “Those actions — which have included cutting off electricity, limiting aid and carrying out attacks that have displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians — ‘all constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity under international law,’ the memo alleges.”
The State Department defended the diversity of views within the organization, while the White House did not immediately respond. (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
Additionally, the memo criticized Biden for questioning the number of deaths in Gaza, highlighting broader critiques of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said, “One of our strengths as an organization is that we have that diversity of views and that we welcome people to make those views known.”
“The secretary has met with a number of people from all ranks of the department, from different bureaus in the department to hear exactly what they think about our policy, both with respect to Israel and its conflict with Hamas, and with respect to other matters, including very controversial matters. And he encourages people to provide feedback. He encourages people to speak up if they disagree. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to change our policy based on the disagreements. He is going to take their recommendations and make ultimately what he thinks is the best judgment and make his recommendations to the president about what we ought to do.”
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