Sanders’ AIPAC Address: “Too Much War, Killing, Suffering.” – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Sanders’ AIPAC Address: “Too Much War, Killing, Suffering.” – by Rosaliene Bacchus

……. Reblogged from THE ONENESS of HUMANITY:

“I am here to tell the American people that, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel.But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza unemployment today is 44 percent and we have there a poverty rate which is almost as high.

So when we talk about Israel and Palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of among Palestinians and that cannot be ignored. You can’t have good policy that results in peace if you ignore one side.”
~ Read Bernie’s full speech at the following link.  URL: http://wp.me/p1G4zq-xp
~ Thanks for sharing, Jerry.

  Rosaliene Bacchus | March 22, 2016 at 9:53 am |URL: http://wp.me/p1G4zq-xp

 

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  • De castro  On March 23, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Rosie
    Words of wisdom but situation in Middle East will only change if
    the politics/religious beliefs/economics
    changes.
    If you cannot change the situation
    then the people will have to change.
    If the people don’t wish to change
    they will ‘walk the talk’ …seek refuge
    elsewhere. Academic.
    Left to resolve their differences is
    what is necessary…outsiders WEST
    playing Jesus or God will not resolve
    religious differences.
    Again it is the responsibility of the
    UN to keep the peace on the planet
    If they fail to do so they should be
    disbanded/replaced …. Point my finger
    at a defunct UN and useless security
    council.
    If you cannot change ‘situation’ you change those responsible for doing
    so. Academic.
    My spin

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Trump at AIPAC: A Jewish Betrayal of the United States of America
    – by Peter Beinart – Haaretz

    The most dominant Jewish organization in America is indifferent to what happens to America.

    Thank you, Donald Trump. Unwittingly, you’ve done something important. You’ve exposed AIPAC’s indifference to the well-being of the country in which it thrives. My country. The United States of America.

    Once upon a time, the leaders of American Zionism divided their time. They struggled to establish, defend and improve the State of Israel because of their moral obligation to their fellow Jews. And they struggled to defend and improve the United States because of their moral obligation to their fellow Americans.

    The foremost American Zionist of the 1910s and 1920s, Louis Brandeis, was also America’s foremost opponent of economic oligarchy. The foremost American Zionist of the 1930s and 1940s, Rabbi Steven Wise, was a lifelong activist for women’s rights, civil rights and the labour movement. In his book Jewish Power, J.J. Goldberg notes that in the 1920s, the presidents of both the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress served on the board of the NAACP.

    In the 1940s, the American Jewish Congress employed more attorneys working to end segregation than did the Justice Department. At the March on Washington, American Jewish Congress head Joachim Prinz, who had been a rabbi in Hitler’s Germany, said he had come to defend “the idea and the aspirations of America itself” against the sin of state-sanctioned bigotry.

    That was then. Today, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups still do valuable work defending the rights of vulnerable Americans. But their influence is dwarfed by AIPAC, which enjoys more power in Washington than every other American Jewish organization combined.

    AIPAC is the only American Jewish organization that hosts virtually all the presidential candidates every four years. It’s the only one that boasts that its national conference is “attended by more members of Congress than almost any other event, except for a joint session of Congress or a State of the Union address.” It’s the only one that employed an official who boasted, “You see this napkin? In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin.”

    Politically, AIPAC has become the dominant institution in American Jewish life. Yet it takes no moral responsibility for anything that happens in America. It has only one mission: to ensure that the United States government supports the Israeli government unconditionally. Nothing else matters. AIPAC has repeatedly hosted speeches by Pastor John Hagee, who called Hurricane Katrina “the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans” because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.” To AIPAC, it doesn’t matter. Hagee leads Christians United for Israel, which lobbies the United States government to support anything Benjamin Netanyahu does.

    This is why AIPAC had no choice but to let Trump speak. And it’s why, although some attendees protested, thousands of others cheered as Trump cycled through a familiar set of talking points about how Palestinians deserve all the blame for the fact that in the West Bank, they live as non-citizens, without the right to vote, under military law. The AIPAC members cheered because they have been conditioned to cheer. They have been conditioned to view American politicians solely through the prism of their Israel views. So thousands of Jews cheered for the country’s foremost purveyor of bigotry against religious minorities. Some journalists were surprised. They should not have been. The crowd had been taught well. Moral indifference to what happens inside the United States of America is the AIPAC way.

    After the speech, AIPAC’s president condemned Trump for his personal attacks on President Obama. AIPAC opposes excessive partisanship because it threatens the bipartisan basis of support for Israeli policy. Banning Muslims from entering the United States, or calling undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists,” or encouraging violence at political rallies, does not threaten that bipartisan support. So AIPAC remains silent.

    It would be fascinating to see how AIPAC would react if a major presidential candidate demonized not American Muslims, but American Jews. In theory, the organization would react exactly as it has reacted to Trump. In theory, AIPAC — despite being a mostly Jewish organization — has a mandate to protect only Jews in Israel, not Jews in the United States of America.

    In practice, AIPAC would never let such a candidate speak. The outcry from its members would be too great. So it’s not quite right to say that AIPAC accepts no moral responsibility for anything that happens in the United States of America.

    Rather, it accepts no moral responsibility for anything that happens to gentiles in the United States of America.

    At the March on Washington, Rabbi Prinz said that, “When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is SILENCE.”

    More than fifty years later, the most dangerous bigot and demagogue in modern American history is on the verge of claiming a major party’s presidential nomination. And America’s most powerful Jewish organization is SILENT because it was built to be SILENT. We American Jews owe our country better than that.

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    AIPAC Slams Trump Over ‘Attacks Levied Against Obama From Our Stage’
    – Haaretz

    ‘We do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of American from our stage,’ Lillian Pinkus says.

    AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus on Tuesday condemned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s broadside against President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in his speech a day earlier.

    Trump had told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, in remarks that generated applause, embarrassing an organization that sees itself as non-partisan in the U.S. campaign, that Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel.”

    Trump also attacked last summer’s Iran nuclear deal and accused both Obama and Hillary Clinton, a former Secretary of State vying for the Democratic nomination to run for president, of treating Israel “very, very badly.”

    Reading a statement from the podium Pinkus said, as reported by blogging sites Politico and The Hill:

    “Last evening something occurred which has the potential to drive us apart, to divide us. We say unequivocally that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks, and we take great offense to those that are levied against the United States of American from our stage.”

    “There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night, and for that, we are deeply sorry,” Pinkus said. “We are disappointed that so many people applauded a sentiment that we neither agree with or condone.”

    “Let us take this moment to pledge to each other that in this divisive and tension-filled political season, we will not allow those who wish to divide our movement from the left or from the right – we will not allow them to succeed in doing so,” she concluded.

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 25, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Jews, Beware of Trump and the Narcotics He Peddles

    In countless countries and during innumerable eras, public figures like Trump fomented angry popular uprisings that sooner or later led to persecution of the Jews.

    by Ari Shavit – Haaretz

    Donald Trump is a drug dealer. The wild billionaire’s sharp instincts have helped him understand what few politicians or journalists have picked up: America is wounded. America is frightened, bewildered and enraged. But rather than offering the United States a cure, the reality star is offering it hard drugs. He’s selling the cheap crack of vulgar street theater and xenophobia that drips venom.

    And even though it’s clear that the celebrity real estate tycoon is a megalomaniac lacking principles or a sense of responsibility, those who feel insecure about their country, their economic situation or their identity are tempted to buy the toxic chemicals he’s marketing. They can’t resist his colourful street theater, which is nothing but political pornography and the peddling of illusions. That’s why neighbourhood after neighbourhood, city after city, and country after country have been falling into the hands of the man marching on Washington and threatening to turn it into a capital of horrors.

    This week Trump came to Washington to sell his drugs to the Jews. This time, too, his instincts didn’t fail him. The American Idol of the 2016 elections understood that before this skeptical, sophisticated audience he had to behave differently than he had before. That’s why he brought a masterfully crafted Iran speech that could have been written by Netanyahu’s office. That’s why he read his remarks carefully from the teleprompter. That’s why he put forward a more or less orderly worldview, one that skilfully touched every sensitive American Jewish spot — worry over Israel, fear of the Middle East, and frustration over the rocky relationship with the Obama administration.

    Trump didn’t try to buy off the Jews with cheap crack, but with pure, high-priced cocaine. And he succeeded. He fooled a lot of them. He left behind the baseless impression that maybe he isn’t a clown. Maybe he’s almost legitimate. Maybe he really is a friend of Israel who is turning into a serious candidate for president.

    That’s why it must now be said in a LOUD voice: Jews, BEWARE of Trump. BEWARE of his ultra-nationalism. BEWARE of his blatant racism. BEWARE of his violent populism. BEWARE of the way he moulds the masses and does with them as he pleases. Throughout history, demagogues who inflamed passions and provoked hatred like Trump were the Jews’ most dangerous enemies. In countless countries and during innumerable eras, public figures like Trump fomented angry popular uprisings that sooner or later led to persecution of the Jews. Every Jew should shudder in the presence of the Trump phenomenon.

    Shall we stand idly by when they speak of Muslims the way people spoke about us? Will we cooperate when millions of (other) immigrants are hauled to police stations? It’s clear that this exciting Trump movie is a horror show. It’s clear that this will end badly. At the same time that he threatens America, he tramples on everything Judaism stands for.

    Trump is trying to sell the illusion that he’ll be a loyal ally of Israel. But Trump is an isolationist. If he becomes president he will shrink NATO, pull out of the United Nations, and abandon the Middle East to focus on America’s domestic problems. So even at the strategic level, the alliance he’s offering is a false one. If this orange-haired, red-faced man gets to the White House, he will pose a genuine threat to Israel’s security.

    But even more important than the strategic dimension is the moral one. It would be unforgivable to support a man for whom hatred of the other is a sacred oath. It would be a desecration of God’s name to cooperate with a man for whom war on minorities is a holy war. After we’ve seen Trump and we’ve heard Trump and we’ve treated Trump politely, it is our duty to impose the harshest possible prohibition on supporting Trump. Violating it would be a mortal sin.

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