- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2014

A “We the People” petition urging the White House to condemn the “apartheid state of Israel” for its supposed human rights violations has well surpassed the required 100,000 signatures for an official response.

The petition, created July 5 by a Missouri resident by the name J.P., says its purpose is to “raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian peoples under the Apartheid Regime in Israel.

“I seek recognition by my government that without our American tax dollars, Israel could not conduct such criminal acts against the civilian population of Palestine,” the petition reads.

Nearly 120,000 people had electronically signed the petition by Monday afternoon, just nine days after it was created.

The website states that petitioners have 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order to get an official White House response.

A similar petition asking the United States to freeze all financial aid to Israel has received more than 24,000 signatures since its conception on July 6.

The criticism comes as the death toll from nearly a week of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza reached 185 — all of them Palestinians — with at least 1,385 wounded, CNN reported Monday.

Israel has ignored international calls for a cease-fire, saying it won’t stop until the militant group Hamas stops firing rockets into Israeli territory.

Hamas shows no sign of backing down either after launching almost 1,000 rockets at Israel, CNN reported.