Despite accusations of war crimes in Gaza, the Biden administration ends its pause on bomb shipments to Israel, sparking criticism and concerns over U.S. complicity.

By Jordan Atwood, Nation of Change

The Biden administration has resumed shipments of 500-pound bombs to Israel, ending a two-month pause that had been instituted amid concerns over the use of U.S.-supplied weapons in alleged war crimes in Gaza. This decision has reignited criticism and raised questions about the United States’ role in the ongoing conflict.

President Joe Biden visit to Israel March 2016 Meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

According to an unnamed Biden administration official, the bombs “are in the process of being shipped” to Israel and are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. The Wall Street Journal reported this development on Wednesday, highlighting the contentious nature of U.S. military support for Israel.

The Biden administration initially suspended the transfer of 500- and 2,000-pound bombs, manufactured by aerospace giant Boeing, in May. This suspension was due to fears that these devastating munitions would be used in airstrikes on Rafah, a southern Gaza city where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge. By the time of the suspension, Israel had already dropped hundreds of 2,000-pound bombs on Gaza, including in an October 31 attack on the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp, killing more than 120 civilians.

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