PH Quickie: Bernie's in trouble for telling the truth
by Kathryn Shihadah
(“PH Quickie” is a new feature from Palestine Home, featuring short-short, pithy articles that can be read in no time at all.)
Reuters (and every other news outlet) reported that in Monday’s Democratic town hall meeting, hosted by CNN, candidate Bernie Sanders stepped right in it when asked to comment on the Israel/Palestine issue:
"The goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government,” Sanders said, adding that Netanyahu "is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly".
One senior member of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Likud party commented, "We condemn statements like that made by Sanders, which was really strange.”
Strange, indeed. Israel and its (Congressional) comrades are not accustomed to even the mildest criticism - to the point that such criticism and other free-speech actions by Americans may soon be illegal.
The Israeli minister added, "The Israeli government is not a racist government, nor does it include a single racist minister.”
Apparently this individual either doesn’t know what “racist” means, or is somehow not acquainted with Israel’s Nation-State Law, which is saturated in bigotry. He must be unaware of the dozens of openly discriminatory laws on Israel’s books.
The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) also weighed in:
“The U.S.-Israel alliance serves America’s interests. We benefit from the close bonds between the governments and peoples. Name-calling by political leaders against the democratically elected government of Israel is counterproductive to maintaining close ties and advancing peace.”
The mutual benefits to which AIPAC refers must be the companionship the US and Israel share as twin pariah states, as well as the position Israel occupies as handy receptacle for American taxpayers’ surplus cash.
Bernie Sanders merely spoke the truth - that singular truth understood to be unspeakable. He will no doubt, pay dearly for it.