WORCESTER, Mass. - Activists in Worcester called on federal officials Tuesday to stop the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Israeli defense forces at a rally outside Worcester’s federal courthouse.
The activists want acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy to enforce the Leahy Law. They say under the law, the U.S. is forbidden to provide weapons to military units violating human rights, which they say Israel is doing.
"The western Massachusetts activists who organized this event are asking Mr. Levy to enforce the law on companies in Massachusetts who are manufacturing weaponry going to Israel,” said activist Claire Schaeffer-Duffy. “In terms of his enforcement capacity over Massachusetts-based operations, he has it. He can use the Leahy Law in that context."
The Biden administration approved two emergency sales of weapons to Israel in December.
Rallies were also held Tuesday at federal courthouses in Springfield and Boston.