News ID: 90203
Publish Date : 15 May 2021 - 21:10
WASHINGTON (Dispatches) – Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders condemned unconditional American support to the Zionist regime 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 Zionist 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.
Earlier, several Democratic members of the House of Representatives also spoke out against the United States’ military support for the Zionist regime and called for the protection of Palestinians’ rights, in contrast to other Democrats and Republicans who expressed their full support for the regime during the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.
In an emotional speech on the House floor, Rashida Tlaib criticized President Joe Biden and other top officials for offering statements that she said did not acknowledge "Palestinian humanity”, Al Jazeera reported.
"To read the statements from President [Joe] Biden, Secretary [of State Antony] Blinken, General [Lloyd] Austin and leaders of both parties, you would hardly know Palestinians existed at all,” said Tlaib, the U.S. Congress’s only Palestinian-American member.
Wearing a keffiyeh and at times trying to hold back her tears, Tlaib added: "If our own State Department can’t even bring itself to acknowledge the killing of Palestinian children is wrong, well, I will say it for the millions of Americans who stand with me against the killing of innocent children, no matter their ethnicity, or faith,” she added.
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