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Bernie Sanders Calls Israeli Government “right-wing” and “racist”

Michael East, Red Revolution

In one of the strongest attacks on Israel yet seen by a major political figure in the United States, the frontrunning Democratic nominee for President Bernie Sanders has called the Israeli government “right-wing” and “racist”.

In a sign of a changing political landscape where Israel is concerned, Sanders blasted the Netanyahu administration for what critics have long stated is a de-facto system of apartheid, saying that the Palestinian people had been treated “unfairly.”

Sanders also criticised the amount of military aid that the U.S. gives to Israel, pointing out that it gives Israel almost complete autonomy to act the way it does in the region.

“The United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. I just believe that the US should deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing and, dare I say, racist government.”

Bernie Sanders

Sanders is currently boasting an impressive lead over Joe Biden in most polls as he seeks to become the Democratic nominee for President and the challenger to staunchly pro-Israel Donald Trump at the 2020 election.

After politicians in the UK expressed similar sentiments about Israel, a ferocious campaign of slander and disinformation began by pro-Israeli groups in the UK parliament, with evidence suggesting these campaigns are endorsed and supported by the Netanyahu government itself. It remains to be seen if Sanders will receive the same treatment, although considering the vile and racist treatment of U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar after comments she also made criticising Israel, it would seem likely.

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Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom

By Norman Finkelstein

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating “operations” against Gaza’s largely defenseless population. Thousands have perished, and tens of thousands have been left homeless. In the meantime, Israel has subjected Gaza to a merciless illegal blockade.

What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.

Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein’s new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has justified its assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions constituted flagrant violations of international law.

But Finkelstein also documents that the guardians of international law—from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Council—ultimately failed Gaza. One of his most disturbing conclusions is that, after Judge Richard Goldstone’s humiliating retraction of his UN report, human rights organizations succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut.

Finkelstein’s magnum opus is both a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and an act of resistance against the forgetfulness of history.


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