[Marxism] Fwd: The distorted radicalism of Bernie Sanders | The National
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Tue Jan 26 06:49:27 MST 2016
The problematic and least radical aspect of the senator's foreign policy
is his unwavering support for Israel. When it comes to the
Israel-Palestine conflict, Mr Sanders’s economic radicalism falls by the
He has endorsed continuing military aid to Israel along with economic
aid to the Palestinians, which has proven to be an effective tool for
both Israel and the United States to exercise undue influence over
Palestinian decision-making, as evidenced by the withholding of aid
after the PLO pursued statehood recognition at the United Nations.
Additionally, the senator has seldom condemned the Israeli occupation of
Palestinian land and said nothing of Israel’s aggression in Gaza over
the last decade.
Some have argued that Mr Sanders’s support for Israel is because he is
Jewish. Yet, he has barely spoken about a faith-based connection to
Israel. He has only cited his religion as an inspiration for progressive
activism, especially regarding the struggle for civil rights equality.
Instead of taking a progressive stance, Mr Sanders relies on the
security-based narrative that Israel has spun over the international
community for decades. Where is the passion and critical thinking that
has captured the imagination of millions of Americans and has
demonstrated that fresh conversations are possible?
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