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Don't punish Palestinians for seeking justice

International Criminal CourtPalestineJohn BarrassoBenjamin L. Cardin

Very few things unite Democratic and Republican senators in Washington. But unfortunately, one thing that does is attacking the human rights of Palestinians. And now they're are at it again. This time in the form of an anti-Palestinian amendment sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez, John Barrasso and Lindsey Graham that would punish the government of Palestine for seeking United Nations recognition and heavily sanction it if it petitions the International Criminal Court for Justice.

What are these senators thinking? Are Palestinians somehow less deserving of human rights than all the other people of the world? Do they not deserve protection from war crimes? This amendment is unconscionable. It should be a permanent stain on the reputations of these senators and of any legislator who supports it. The Council on American Islamic Relations, Maryland Chapter strongly urges Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski to oppose this amendment.

The best way for countries to avoid the International Criminal Court is to avoid violations of international law.

Saqib Ali, Clarksburg

The writer is government relations director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Maryland Chapter.

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