Biden Education official, resigns in opposition to President's Israel policy

 January 5, 2024

A widely circulated letter states that a senior official in Biden's education department tendered her resignation on Wednesday, citing concerns regarding President Joe Biden's management of the Israel-Hamas conflict, as The Daily Caller reported.

In a letter addressed to Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education, Tariq Habash, a policy advisor in the department's office, stated his intention to resign due to his belief that the current administration has turned a "blind eye to the atrocities committed against innocent Palestinian lives."

Some are becoming increasingly critical of Biden because of how he has handled the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and Habash is one of them.

From the Letter

“I cannot represent an administration that does not value all human life equally. I cannot stay silent as this administration turns a blind eye to the atrocities committed against innocent Palestinian lives, in what leading human rights experts have called a genocidal campaign by the Israeli government,” Habash, a Palestinian-American, wrote.

“I cannot be quietly complicit as this administration fails to leverage its influence as Israel’s strongest ally to halt the abusive and ongoing collective punishment tactics that have cut off Palestinians in Gaza from food, water, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies, leading to widespread disease and starvation.”

Since the terrorist group Hamas attacked the nation on October 7—killing, raping, and kidnapping almost 1,400 Israelis—and Biden has promised to back Israel in its war with Hamas, Israel has been fighting back.

“Unfortunately, this obfuscation has been the primary objective of right-wing extremists who do not have Jewish or Arab students’ safety in mind as they attempt to equate calls for a ceasefire with antisemitism,” Habash’s letter claimed.

“Attributing the actions of Israel to all Jewish people makes them inherently less safe. Similarly, conflating all Palestinians with Hamas, something Israeli government officials have continuously attempted to do, makes Palestinians and Muslims everywhere less safe.”

Others' Concerns

Some in Biden's government, among his own supporters, and even on his campaign have voiced their disapproval of his firm support for Israel.

Wednesday, a letter was received from seventeen unidentified members of Biden's re-election campaign urging the president to declare a ceasefire. The letter further stated that volunteers for the campaign are leaving in "droves" due to the president's pro-Israel position.

“It is not enough to merely be the alternative to Donald Trump. The campaign has to shift the feeling in the pits of voters’ stomachs, the same feeling that weighs on us every day as we fight for your reelection. The only way to do that is to call for a ceasefire,” the campaign letter states.

In the letter from November, multiple State Department officials reportedly asked the president to declare a truce.

The president's allies have cautioned that Biden's ties to Israel may make him unpopular among young Americans in the 2024 election.

Biden has nonetheless tried to assist Palestinian civilians, offering $100 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza and the West Bank, despite the reaction.

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