First Jewish-American Biden appointee resigns over White House alignment with Israel

 May 16, 2024

President Joe Biden and his administration are having all kinds of problems regarding the White House's approach to the Israel situation.

One of those problems includes losing staffers and appointees, which is exactly what happened once again this week, according to the Washington Examiner.

While several anti-Israel staffers and other appointees have resigned in the wake of the White House's stance on Israel's defensive attack on Gaza, this week marked the first departure of a Jewish Biden appointee.

Lily Greenberg Call, special assistant to the chief of staff in the Interior Department, made clear in her resignation letter this week that she made the decision to leave based on her Jewish heritage.

However, despite her Jewish heritage, Call also left the administration because of the way Israel is conducting the war in Gaza, going as far as to blame Biden for having "the blood of innocent people on his hands."

"The President has the power to call for a lasting ceasefire, to stop sending weapons to Israel, and to condition aid. The United States has used nearly no leverage throughout the last eight months to hold Israel accountable; quite the opposite, we have enabled and legitimized Israel’s actions with vetoes of UN resolutions designed to hold Israel accountable," Call's letter read.

She added, "President Biden has the blood of innocent people on his hands."

The Examiner noted:

The day of her resignation, May 15, was purposefully chosen as symbolic. Palestinians commemorate it as the day of the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” a term coined by the Syrian Christian intellectual Constantin Zurayk to describe the expulsion of roughly 750,000 Palestinians following the Arab defeat in the Israeli war of independence.

Call also accused the Biden administration of using Jews as political pawns and warned that the ongoing war places both Jews and Palestinians in grave danger.

"The United States has long enabled Israeli war crimes and the status quo of apartheid and occupation. That status quo does not keep Israelis safe, nor Jews around the world," the disgruntled appointee continued. "It certainly does not protect Palestinians, who have the right to freedom, safety, self-determination, and dignity, just as much as Jewish people do, and every person does."

Call was quick to brag about being the first Jewish-American political appointee to resign over the current happenings.

Obviously, Call's position on the situation as a Jewish-American is in a sliver of a minority, as an overwhelming number of Jews support Israel's right to conduct operations in retaliation for the Oct. 7 Hamas-led terrorist attack that killed hundreds.

The Biden administration had better figure something out quickly if it wants to avoid mountains of bad optics, as there has been a noticeable uptick in resignations as a result of its Israel-Hamas war policies.