- Muslim Group Urges Committee to Support Amendments Seeking State Department Investigation into Egyptian Government Human Rights Violations
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Chairman James McGovern and member of the U.S. House Rules Committee to support several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ban U.S. military transfers to American law enforcement, and human rights violators Israel, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
CAIR also called on the House Rules committee to support amendments seeking investigations into Egyptian government human rights abuses and opposing scheduling votes for several amendments that reward Israel, Israeli’s military and national security infrastructure following that country’s May killing of more than 200 people in Gaza, including more than 60 children, and injuring more than 1,600, and wide scale destruction of civilian infrastructure like housing, utilities, electric lines, water supplies, roads.
The House Rules Committee meets today at noon to decide which of the 858 amendments filed for the NDAA will receive a vote on the House floor this week.
In keeping with the recommendations of CAIR’s June 2020 report, “Ending Police Violence: Reducing & Reinvesting Police Department Budgets into Critical Social Services, Health, School and Other Beneficial Programs,” CAIR continues to support placing a moratorium on the purchasing of new military surplus gear obtained through the 1033 program and other unnecessary tactical and riot gear.
In an email, CAIR recommended members of the House Rules Committee support or oppose the following amendments to the NDAA:
Banning U.S. Military Transfers to American Law Enforcement:
- Support Amendment 725: Eliminates the military surplus program under Title 10.
- Support Amendment 754: Places a moratorium on the transfer of military weapons to law enforcement agencies.
Banning U.S. Military Transfers to Israel:
- Support Amendment 669: Suspends the transfer of Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition weaponry under the $735 million direct commercial sale to the Israeli government.
Banning U.S. Military Transfers to Saudi Arabia:
- Support Amendment 19: Imposes temporary limits on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and requires various reports and actions related to the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Support Amendment 57: Revised; Requires the suspension of U.S. sustainment and maintenance support to Saudi air force units responsible for airstrikes resulting in civilian casualties in Yemen with certain exemptions for territorial self-defense, counterterrorism operations, and defense of U.S. government facilities or personnel.
- Support Amendment 520: Prohibits funds from being used to provide weapons or military aid or military training to Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force (RIF), the unit responsible for the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khoshoggi.
- Support Amendment 573: Terminates U.S. military logistical support, and the transfer of spare parts to Saudi warplanes conducting aerial strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and permanently ends intelligence sharing that enables offensive strikes and any U.S. effort to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi-led coalition forces in the war in Yemen.
- Support Amendment 670: Prohibits funding from being used to share intelligence with Saudi ships enforcing the blockade of the Port of Al Hodeidah, Yemen, and plans imposing a no-fly zone over the airport in Sanaa, Yemen.
Banning U.S. Military Transfers to UAE:
- Support Amendment 61: Prohibits the proposed sale of F35s and other weapons to the United Arab Emirates.
Investigate Egyptian Human Rights Abuses:
- Support Amendment 532: Requires the Secretary of State to provide a report on state-sanctioned intimidation and harassment by the Egyptian government against Americans and their families
- Support Amendment 536: Requires a report by the State Department on allegations of systematic extrajudicial killings and torture by Egyptian security forces and a determination of whether such acts constitute a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.
Oppose Rewarding Human Rights Abuser Israel Following Killings in Gaza:
- Oppose Amendment 110: Expresses a sense of Congress about the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
- Oppose Amendment 193: Establishes a Department of Homeland Security grant program to facilitate closer U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation.
- Oppose Amendment 203: Prohibits funding to any organization or any country that has labelled Israel as an “apartheid” state.
- Oppose Amendment 232: Requires a Secretary of Defense report on how the US is working with other countries in the CENTCOM area of responsibility to improve Israel’s coordination with other regional militaries and also requires the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator provide an analysis of the strategic initiatives taken to integrate the Abraham Accords into congressionally authorized and appropriated programs.
- Oppose Amendment 672: Requires the creation of a U.S.-Israel Operations-Technology Working Group.
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