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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


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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