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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Levin, more than 100 Democrats send letter to Pompeo expressing “strong disagreement” with Israeli settlement policy reversal

November 29, 2019
In The News

Led by U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township), more than 100 Democratic members of Congress have signed a letter expressing “strong disagreement” with the Trump administration’s decision to no longer classify Israeli settlements in the West Bank of Palestine as illegal under intentional law. The letter, which was made public this past weekend, warned that the policy reversal by the Trump administration “has undermined America’s moral standing” and “Severly damaged” prospects for peace while endangering the security of America, Israel and the Palestinian people. It goes on to express that the U.S. State Department’s decision blatantly disregards Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which affirms that any occupying power, “shall not deport or transfer parts of it own civilian population into the territories that it occupies.” Among those signing the letter were Michigan U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D- Dearborn), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Dan Kildee (D-Flint). Other notable signees included Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).