Tell Biden & Blinken to Cancel $500 Million Deal to Saudi Arabia!

Biden’s State Department just approved a deal up to $500 million in helicopter maintenance to Saudi Arabia. If Biden is serious about ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, this deal needs to be cancelled immediately. Sign this petition to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Biden!

Dear President Biden and Secretary Blinken,

On Thursday, September 16th Reuters reported that the State Department approved a deal up to $500 million with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for maintenance on helicopters. We, the undersigned, demand that this deal be cancelled immediately. 

Helicopters have been vital in Saudi Arabia’s war efforts in Yemen and have been used to commit human rights violations during the war. In September of 2015, Saudi helicopters attacked a village in Yemen killing at least 3o civilians. When the first attack was over, Saudi helicopters circled back and attacked medics trying to help the wounded, killing three of them. Again in 2015, an Apache helicopter assisted attack killed at least 40 fishermen in Yemen. 

President Biden, you stated in February that U.S. offensive involvement in the Yemen war was coming to an end. We welcomed that news, but waited for that statement to become a reality. The U.S. continues to let contractors do repairs for the Saudi Royal Air Force, which allows for the continuation of Saudi airstrikes on civilians in Yemen.

Secretary Blinken, you stated that human rights would be at the forefront of your foreign policy when you came into your position at the State Department. The continual backing, both militarily and politically, of Saudi Arabia signals that the State Department is not doing enough to advance its goals for human rights. Saudi Arabia continues to violate the rights of Yemenis. 

The deal to provide maintenance for Saudi helicopters directly contradicts both of these stated goals by your administration. Half a billion dollars in maintenance to equipment that is regularly used in offensive military operations in Yemen is inexcusable and the deal must be cancelled.

Sincerely, 

Will you sign?

2,634

People already signed

Who's signing

  • David signed 74 days ago

  • Roland signed 74 days ago

  • Mary signed 74 days ago

  • Susan signed 74 days ago

  • Lisa signed 74 days ago

  • J.G. signed 74 days ago

  • Mary signed 74 days ago

  • Robert signed 74 days ago

  • craig signed 74 days ago

  • Paul signed 74 days ago

  • Frank signed 74 days ago

  • Junko signed 74 days ago

  • Mary signed 74 days ago

  • Marcus signed 74 days ago

  • Sandra signed 74 days ago

  • Linda signed 74 days ago

  • Laura signed 74 days ago

  • Jones signed 74 days ago

  • Ben signed 74 days ago

  • Roger signed 74 days ago

  • Merle signed 74 days ago

  • Ibrahim signed 74 days ago

  • John signed 74 days ago

  • Roger signed 74 days ago

  • Jo signed 74 days ago

  • Danaka signed 75 days ago


Showing 25 reactions