Sanders denounces unconditional US support to Israel
Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders has condemned unconditional American support to the regime of Israel and Washington’s disregard to Palestinian rights.
“We must recognize that Palestinian rights matter. Palestinian lives matter,” Sanders wrote in an article published on Friday by the New York Times.
“Palestinian families in the Jerusalem (al-Quds) neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to facilitate their forced displacement. And over the past weeks, extremist settlers have intensified their efforts to evict them,” he wrote.
He added that “those evictions are just one part of a broader system of political and economic oppression.”
“For years we have seen a deepening Israeli occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (al-Quds) and a continuing blockade on Gaza that make life increasingly intolerable for Palestinians. In Gaza, which has about two million inhabitants, 70 percent of young people are unemployed and have little hope for the future,” he wrote.
He slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regime for marginalizing and demonizing Palestinian citizens and pursuing “settlement policies designed to foreclose the possibility of a two-state solution.”
He said, “Netanyahu has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism.”
“It is shocking and saddening that racist mobs that attack Palestinians on the streets of Jerusalem (al-Quds) now have representation in its Knesset,” he wrote.
He said Americans should not be “apologists for the right-wing Netanyahu government and its undemocratic and racist behavior.”
“We must change course and adopt an evenhanded approach, one that upholds and strengthens international law regarding the protection of civilians, as well as existing U.S. law holding that the provision of U.S. military aid must not enable human rights abuses,” he wrote.
The anger against the Tel Aviv regime further intensified earlier this month with Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the fasting days of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
The Israeli military has been under fire globally over its crimes against Palestinians, especially those residing in Gaza, which has already been under a crippling Israeli siege.
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has also condemned US President Joe Biden for siding with Israel’s “oppressive occupation” of Palestine and carrying out recent atrocities against Palestinians.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have also condemned Israel’s plans to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds.
Warren called the proposed evictions “abhorrent” and said the Biden administration “should make clear to the Israeli government that these evictions are illegal and must stop immediately.”