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US State Dept official resigns in protest against Biden's 'blind support' to Israeli war on Gaza

11:25 PM | 19 Oct, 2023
US State Dept official resigns in protest against Biden's 'blind support' to Israeli war on Gaza
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A US State Department official resigned on Wednesday in protest against Washington's decision to increase military aid to Israel and said the US-supported Israeli war on Gaza would bring more misery to both Israelis and Palestinians.

In a memo posted online on Wednesday, Josh Paul, a director in the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, said that President Joe Biden's administration was making the same mistakes that Washington has been making for decades.

He added, "Israel's response, and with it the American support both for that response and for the status quo of the occupation, will only result in more and deeper suffering for both the Israeli and the Palestinian people."

He said that Biden administration's "blind support for one side" was causing policy decisions that were "shortsighted, destructive, unjust, and contradictory to the very values we publicly espouse". He said, "I fear we are repeating the same mistakes we have made these past decades" and "I decline to be a part of it for longer."

"I knew it was not without its moral complexity and moral compromises, and I made myself a promise that I would stay for as long as I felt the harm I might do could be outweighed by the good I could do," wrote Paul, who was involved in the delivery of armaments to US allies for more than 11 years.

Hamas, the armed group that dominates Gaza, attacked southern Israel on October 7, prompting Israel’s retaliatory attack on the besieged Palestinian enclave. The violence has killed at least 1,400 people in Israel and nearly 3,800 in Gaza.

He stated, "I feel I have reached the end of that bargain in our current trajectory with regard to the continued - rather, enlarged and expedited - provision of lethal arms to Israel."

Paul stated in an interview with The New York Times that "continuing to give Israel carte blanche to kill a generation of enemies, only to create a new one, does not ultimately serve the interests of the United States."

On his Wednesday visit, Biden expressed his support for Israel and gave it "the green light to act as it sees fit" in Gaza.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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