WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today released the following statement announcing his plan to introduce an amendment to the foreign aid supplemental package that would remove $10.1 billion in offensive weaponry funding for Netanyahu’s right-wing government. The amendment preserves funding for defensive systems that will protect Israeli civilians against incoming missile and rocket attacks. Sanders’ statement is as follows:

“27,000 dead – two-thirds of them women and children.

67,000 wounded.

1.8 million displaced from their homes.

70% of housing units damaged or destroyed.

And now, hundreds of thousands of children facing starvation.

This is unacceptable. The United States cannot be complicit in this humanitarian disaster.

That is why I will be offering an amendment to the supplemental bill to ensure zero funding for the continuation of Netanyahu’s illegal, immoral war against the Palestinian people.”