Statement on Recent Events in Jenin

July 3, 2023

The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) commends the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for their proactive efforts to safeguard Israeli citizens by neutralizing the threat posed by terrorist groups in the region.

We sincerely hope for the safety of all Israeli personnel engaged in the operation to secure the area, and we express deep concern over the escalating involvement of Iran-backed groups such as Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in instigating violence.

Statements from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and PIJ chief Ziad Nakhaleh indicate a strategic shift towards increased militancy in the West Bank. This is especially concerning given the Iranian regime’s ongoing violent suppression of peaceful civilian demonstrations, exemplified by the recent Mahsa Amini protests.

Iran’s attempts to extend its campaign of violence to Judea and Samaria are deeply troubling and warrant international attention. We call on U.S. officials to publicly condemn these actions and to take decisive steps to address this situation.

We stand firmly in support of Israel’s right to defend its citizens and combat terrorism. The IDF is globally recognized for its ethical conduct in warfare, and we applaud its unwavering commitment to prioritizing the protection of civilians, irrespective of their nationality.

We urge the international community to unequivocally support the rights of sovereign nations like Israel to defend themselves against terrorist threats and to condemn the Islamic Republic of Iran’s tactics of exploiting non-state actors and terrorist organizations to orchestrate proxy attacks against Israel and the West.

ICAN remains steadfast in its commitment to advocating for a better America, a more secure Israel, and a stronger U.S. – Israel alliance. As always, we stand ready to support all efforts to foster long-term international peace and security.

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