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Sanders Among Few US Lawmakers to Condemn 'Horrific' Israeli Attacks on Unarmed Gaza Protesters


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Sanders Among Few US Lawmakers to Condemn 'Horrific' Israeli Attacks on Unarmed Gaza Protesters

Jon Queally, staff writer

Though many U.S. lawmakers chose to stay silent on Monday as Israeli forces massacred Palestinian protesters in Gaza, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was among those speaking out to condemn the violence—which Amnesty International warned may amount to "war crimes"—as he also called for the United States government to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, instead of sanctioning the intensification of it.


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My apologies to Sen. Sanders for accusing him, on another thread today, of “silence about Israel’s lawless regime.”


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He did have to qualify and water down his condemnation of the cold blooded killing by bringing up the bogeyman Hamas, and fabricated accusations of “violence” (sorry, burning tires is not “violence”) and who don’t even have anything to do with these protests.


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Israel is in a dualistic identity setup which has worked for them for decades. This is a “first world” country that slaughters people barbarically continually. Given that they have such an educated, achieved population and that the right wing simply will not respect it is their disgrace. They’ve qualified all of it as necessary, as the United States does. A marriage made in hell.


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Lawmakers, or Lawbreakers?

Most are profiting from this in one way or another.

Demand War Crimes Trials.


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The US and Israel stand alone in the world. How long until peaceful US states have had enough and join in with rich oligarchs attempting to weaken the federal government by not paying taxes?


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Just when I thought that Schumer couldnt show himself to be more of a worthless human being…THAT is the Democrats’ “leader” in the Senate? No wonder the party is in such horrible shape and is now seeing a collapse in 2018 support.


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Yes, but let’s not forget he speaks out both sides of his mouth. I’m glad he spoke out about Israel. I also appreciate this site covers this stuff. So many “liberal” sites won’t because they accept money from Aipac and start keytowing to some 5K donor’s complaints(AIPAC) that the site is being “anti-Israel” for mentioning this stuff.


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If anyone with eyes to see had any doubts that we, the good old US of A have not become as occupied as Palestine by the subversive, racist influence of pro-Israeli forces there should now be no doubt!.

From the Zionist and “settler” thieves, to American “evangelicals” who long for the return of Jesus (when all Jews and non-believers will go to Hell) and need the mythology of “Israel” to be fulfilled for that (and the “rapture”) happen, all the way to the MICC war-machine, Israel is so wrapped-up in, to just ordinary evil opportunists like the orange fraud and the zionist nutter netanyahu!..what we have now is our republic serving Israeli interests and racist extremist war crimes at great cost to America in many ways!

Treason they used to call such subversion and open servitude to a foreign power by American officials (and civilians) now they call it "supporting our “special ally” with whom we are linked by “unbreakable bonds”…bonds indeed…more like the chains of slavery!!

BDS!


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Man, I sure do like the outspoken energy you put out there!

There is a very special affinity US Americans feel (by and large, I think - it isn’t just our venal “leaders”) for Israel: both of our cultures tenaciously, as if it were a matter of survival, cling to a founding myth negating genocide of the indigenous: a land without people for a people without land. This is very deep in our mythos. Little US American children are tirelessly indoctrinated with such crap.

Not that it can’t be fought - but it won’t be easy.


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In case you have forgotten or never read this part of George Washington’s farewell speech, here it is…it may have been written and spoke with exactly the kind of Israeli subversion we are witnessing today! We are seeing the fruition of long worked-for Israeli domination of US foreign policy decisions, executed by subversion…aka, “meddling”…of our political parties, electoral processes, candidates, elections, legislation and much more. A mob-like domination using religion…Judaism… as cloak for ordinary corruption, “business” self interest - corruption here to support extraordinary theft, murder and war crimes in Palestine…“we have met the enemy and he is us” and the zionist entity…

"So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation"

President George Washington, 1796


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It is good he speaks out but he really should have said the UN not the US should bring warring parties together to stop the slaughter. The US never had the credibility to do as such given its own history of genocide toward its indigenes.


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“The United States must play an aggressive role in bringing Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and the international community together to address Gaza’s humanitarian crisis and stop this escalating violence.”

With the horrendous killing going on in Syria and Yemen it has been difficult for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza from the blockade by Israel and Egypt to get the attention it deserves. This situation at the border has again brought he Gaza crisis into the news and as Sanders says the international community should address it. Since Hamas physically drove Fatah out of Gaza the situation has seemed to defy solution. At least before there has hope that Fatah could provide some leadership in Gaza. Politically it is hard to see how the situation could be worse with Israel veering more and more to the extreme right, Egypt being governed by a military dictatorship, and the US having an authoritarian right wing president who has abandoned all previous gestures of neutrality of the US and has clearly sided with Israel and Saudi Arabia.


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Bernie sings a different song every massacre (and sometimes during each one). While he clearly feels moral outrage and revulsion, he is unable to overcome his Party’s continued support “for Israel’s right to exist”. Israel is an apartheid entity created by the West to rule much of the Middle East and is not actually a nation at all. It does not even have a Constitution or legal founding charter, but operates under the guidance of dictatorial emergency laws precipitated by the British imperialists who preceded it under a League of Nations mandate. So the dance continues and Palestinians die, are displaced, have their lands and waters stolen and are penned up in the largest concentration camp on Earth.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/24/why-did-bernie-sanders-get-gaza-so-wrong/


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You want perfection? Next election write in JESUS FUCKING KRYST!!!
(and YES…the middle name is very important)


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The United States government is controlled by Israel. The banking, the military, the police state, Hollywood, the courts, the print and tv and radio media and all politicians. A clean sweep working to obliterate all freedoms.


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Amnesty International’s assessment is understated. I am a retired military Judge Advocate, so have studied the international law of armed conflict in depth. There is no question that Israel’s actions constitute a war crime. Firing on unarmed non-combatants is such, plain and simple. We have seen undoctored videos of at least two sniper killings of unarmed protesters with no justification whatsoever. In one of them, the victim was shot in the back while moving away from the border. The other was made by the sniper and his partner showing the sniper’s view of the incident, followed by their rejoicing at having killed the protester. So let’s call the Israeli government what it patently is – an international criminal regime.


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Nothing fails like prayer.

Direct Democracy


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THANK YOU for this great quote.

Who was George’s speechwriter again?


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Sanders: “Over 50 killed in Gaza today and 2,000 wounded, on top of the 41 killed and more than 9,000 wounded over the past weeks.”

Israeli soldiers killed over 50 in Gaza today and wounded 2,000, on top of the 41 they killed and more than 9,000 they wounded over the past weeks. -fixed that for you Bernie.

Ro Khanna: "52 Palestinians killed, and Netanyahu describes it as a ‘glorious day.’”

Israel killed 52 Palestinians, and Netanyahu describes it as a ‘glorious day.’ -fixed it for you too, Ro.