Veterans Today.com ————- By VT Editors ————– Fri., May 14, 2021
Common Dreams: Shortly after Israeli Defense Forces announced that its air and ground troops “are currently attacking” the Gaza Strip, progressive U.S. lawmakers took to the House floor Thursday evening to discuss the ongoing violence and decades of Israel’s government, military, and settler colonists violating the human rights of Palestinians.
Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Marie Newman (D-Ill.)—who, along with 23 other House members, sent a letter Wednesday calling on the Biden administration to pressure the Israeli government to “desist from its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah,” two neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
“We must acknowledge and condemn the disproportionate discrimination and treatment that Palestinians face versus others in this region,” Pocan declared, challenging those who frame the violence, of this week and the past several decades of Israeli occupation, as “a ‘both sides’ issue.”
— “When serious human rights abuses compound, such as the recent attacks on places of worship like the Al-Aqsa Mosque,
— the forced removal of people from their homes, most recently in East Jerusalem but ongoing in the West Bank for way too long,
— the jailing and military court trials for Palestinian children, the dehumanization of the lives of the Palestinians by having roads and entrances that are separate for some people, which all too often looks like a former South Africa,
— the blockade and open-air prison conditions for the people in Gaza, where food and clean water is often scarce, when those types of human rights abuses occur, we’re not just putting the lives of the Palestinians and Israelis at risk, but we’re also putting the United States at greater jeopardy.”