Bernie Sanders Says Denying Aid Because of Hamas Is “Part of an Effort to Dehumanize Palestinians”

From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article was published by Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept on November 1, 2019


“The only Jewish candidate in the Democratic presidential race stood in front of an audience of Jews in Washington, D.C., and suggested cutting U.S. aid to Israel.

And they applauded him.

‘I would use the leverage, $3.8 billion is a lot of money, and we cannot give it carte blanche to the Israeli government or for that matter to any government at all,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders said at the annual convention of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group.

It isn’t the first time Sanders has discussed deploying foreign aid as ‘leverage’ over the Jewish state. Back in the fall of 2017, in an interview with me for The Intercept, the Vermont senator described the United States as ‘complicit’ in the illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and said he would consider voting to reduce U.S. aid to Israel.”



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