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State Dept official resigns over Biden's "lethal assistance to Israel"

On this edition of Your Call, former State Department official Josh Paul will discuss his tenure at the Bureau of Political Military Affairs, the government entity that is responsible for the transfer and provision of weapons to US partners and allies.

On October 18, he resigned due to a "policy disagreement concerning our continued lethal assistance to Israel."

In his resignation letter, he wrote, "Let me be clear: Hamas’ attack on Israel was a monstrosity of monstrosities, but I believe to the core of my soul that the response Israel is taking, and with it the American support both for the response, and for the status quo of the occupation, will only lead to more and deeper suffering for both the Israeli and the Palestinian people."


Josh Paul, former State Department official in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs

Web Resources:

The Washington Post: Gaza reports more than 11,100 killed. That’s one out of every 200 people.

HuffPost: 'I Couldn't Shift Anything': Senior State Department Official Resigns Over Biden's Gaza Policy

NBC: Biden administration staff sign open letter demanding cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war

Axios: Internal State Dept. memo blasts Biden, U.S. policy on Israel-Hamas war

The Intercept: Palestinians Sue Biden for Failing to Prevent Genocide in Gaza

Truthout: Biden Wants Arms Deals With Israel to Be Done in Complete Secrecy

The New York Times: Israel Used 2,000-Pound Bombs in Strike on Jabaliya, Analysis Shows

BBC: Giving birth with no painkillers under the bombs in Gaza

The New Republic: The People Who Profit When It Rains Bombs

Your Call: 60 Minutes investigation exposes weapons contractor price gouging

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.