Bernie Sanders and progressives speak out against anti-Semitism amid Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Senator Bernie Sanders and other leading progressive lawmakers have condemned anti-Semistism as well as Islamophobia after a wave of attacks and incidents targeting American Jews amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Israeli military and Palestinian militant group Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement, which appears to have been reached on Saturday as mediators spoke to the two sides, according to Reuters. The 11-day conflict has left more than 240 Palestinians dead, including 66 children, the Associated Press reported. More than 1,900 Palestinians were also injured, while 12 people were killed in Israel – including a child and a teenager.
Meanwhile, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed in American cities, as there was an upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks on American Jews.
“We have recently witnessed disturbing anti-Semitic attacks and a disturbing rise in Islamophobia. If you are committed to a future of equality and peaceful coexistence, please unite against anyone who promotes hatred of any kind.” , Sanders, an independent from Jewish Vermont. American, tweeted Friday night.
Other progressives have shared similar messages against hatred and anti-Semitism.
“We will never, ever tolerate anti-Semitism here in New York or elsewhere in the world. The recent wave of attacks is horrific. We support our Jewish communities to condemn this violence,” tweeted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat. from New York. Friday.
Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, shared a story about an attack on a restaurant in Los Angeles that is under investigation as an anti-Semitic hate crime. The member condemned the violence.
“Horrible and unacceptable. No one should be subjected to threats and harassment because of their religion or ethnicity,” Omar wrote. “It must stop.”
Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American Democrat from Michigan, retweeted Sanders’ post and shared a quote from legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have decided to stick with love … Hate is too heavy a burden to carry.” – Martin Luther King Jr. We will not be free if we come from a country of hate + violence + racism, ”Tlaib wrote.
Anti-Semitic attacks have been reported in Los Angeles, New York and other cities across the country as tensions between supporters of Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters reached a boiling point last week. In New York City, a 29-year-old Jew was assaulted by five or six individuals who kicked, punched and made anti-Semitic comments.
Some critics of Sanders and other progressives have confused lawmakers’ criticism of the Israeli government with anti-Semitism. As the conflict unfolded, Sanders and a number of other leading progressive Democrats repeatedly voiced support for the Palestinians, raising alarms over Israel’s treatment of the population as well as human rights concerns. the man.
“But Bernie Sanders – who is Jewish – is a Jew who hates himself, a Jew who hates himself and who is ready to see Israel being defeated militarily by a terrorist group because he is on the far left,” the lawyer controversial Alan Dershowitz, who is also Jewish. -American, told Newsmax last Friday.
Critics of the Israeli government and military argue that their opposition is not anti-Semitic, saying there is a distinction between hatred of Jews – who may or may not be Israeli – and criticism of Jews. a government and the actions of its military. A number of progressive and Orthodox American Jewish groups regularly conduct protests against the Israeli government, condemning its treatment of Palestinians.
Newsweek has contacted Sanders’ press office for further comment.