Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read.

It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder.

Palestinian families in the Jerusalem 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.

And, tragically, 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 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.

The US supplies $4 billion in aid every year to Israel.

In DC everyone talks about Israeli rights, and virtually never refer to Palestinian rights.

I was surprised and disappointed that the US maintained moving its Embassy to Jerusalem.

Over more than a decade of his right-wing rule in Israel, Mr. Netanyahu has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism. In his frantic effort to stay in power and avoid prosecution for corruption, Mr. Netanyahu has legitimized these forces, including Itamar Ben Gvir and his extremist Jewish Power party, by bringing them into the government. It is shocking and saddening that racist mobs that attack Palestinians on the streets of Jerusalem now have representation in its Knesset.

Rewarding this behaviour should be against everything the US stands for, whether it actually does or not is another matter. We continue to reward it.

I know I/P can set off a whole load of spite, but it needs to be said.

Only through peace between Israelis and Palestinians can any hope of more widespread peace in the region be attained.

Both peoples deserve peace, after all this war has been going on since 1948.

Mr. Netanyahu is a major reason for  the escalation.

The US need to become an honest broker and can start by putting human rights conditions on the annual $4billion.

  • May 15, 2021