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Jewish Political Appointee Resigns in Protest of US Support for Israel's War in Gaza

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Lily Greenberg Call, a special assistant to the chief of staff in the interior department, has become the first Jewish political appointee to publicly resign in protest of US support for Israel's war in Gaza.

Call, who had worked for the presidential campaigns of both Biden and Kamala Harris, accused Biden of using Jewish people to justify US policy in the conflict.

"I can no longer in good conscience continue to represent this administration," she wrote in her resignation letter.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Call pointed to comments by Biden, including at a White House Hanukkah event where he said "Were there no Israel, there wouldn't be a Jew in the world who was safe" and at an event at Washington's Holocaust Memorial last week in which he said the 7 October Hamas-led attacks that triggered the war were driven by an "ancient desire to wipe out the Jewish people".

"He is making Jews the face of the American war machine. And that is so deeply wrong," she said, noting that ancestors of hers were killed by "state-sponsored violence".

The Hamas-led attacks on 7 October killed about 1,200 people in Israel. Israel's military campaign against Hamas in Gaza has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians.

The Biden administration has pointed to its repeated calls to Benjamin Netanyahu's government for more precise targeting of Hamas so as to spare more civilians. It recently paused a shipment of bombs to Israel, saying it wanted to prevent Israeli forces from dropping them on the crowded southern Gaza city of Rafah.

"I think the president has to know that there are people in his administration who think this is disastrous," Call said of the war overall and US support for it. "Not just for Palestinians, for Israelis, for Jews, for Americans, for his election prospects.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09