Sep 24, 2021 09:03 UTC
  • ‘Dehumanization of Palestinians’: US $1bn funding of Israel’s Iron Dome draws flak

The controversial decision to approve $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has drawn flak from a cross-section of people, from politicians to activists to journalists in the US.

It has also exposed deep political and ideological fault lines in the Democratic Party, with many senior members of the party sparring over the bill.

The bill was approved on Thursday to provide funding for Israel's Iron Dome after it was removed from a separate bill earlier to prevent a government shutdown and suspend the nation's borrowing limit.

The bill now goes to the US Senate where it's still unclear when it will be put to vote.

Mehdi Hasan, a prominent US-based broadcaster, called out the blatant double standards of American politicians who backed the funding of Iron Dome against the overwhelming public opinion.

Ayman Mohyeldin, a journalist and host of the weekend prime time show 'AYMAN' on MSNBC, said those supporting the Iron Dome funding need to understand that Palestinians also have a “right to self-defense living under a military occupation”.

Jehad Abusalim, an education and policy associate at American Friends Service Committee, termed deliberations in the US House of Representatives while passing the Iron Dome funding bill an indicator of the “level of dehumanization of Palestinians”, by both Democrats and Republicans.