Joe Biden’s silence in the face of Israeli violence is shameful
Despite the cracks in the wall that historically separated criticism of Israel from American politics, Joe Biden was found by activists and Palestinian supporters near the Washington Monument in Washington, DC on May 15, 2021. I haven’t heard the protesters march yet. Photo: Andrew Caballero- Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images On Saturday, an Israeli airstrike killed 10 people from the same large family after a missile crashed into a family home in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza. The only survivor, a five-month-old baby, was trapped next to his deceased mother and pulled alive from the rubble. At least 180 Palestinians, including 52 children, were killed in Gaza as I wrote this. Ten Israelis, including two children, were also killed. All innocent people killed, whether Palestinians or Israelis, need to mourn, and it is more than painful to know that the number of deaths will only increase over time. However, it is this pathologically biased rate of death that remains stable. Much more innocent Palestinians will be killed than Israelis. That fact, along with the more than 70 years of Palestinian punishment (part of which is the expulsion of Sheikh Jarrah), has stimulated global opposition to Israel’s latest actions. Popular demonstrations in support of Palestinian rights have broke out around the world. The United States provides Israel with important financial, military and diplomatic support, so I wonder where Joe Biden and his administration are at this crucial moment. It’s a kind way to put it down, rather than go to the front and lead it. The New York Times called Biden’s attitude towards Middle East diplomacy a “standback approach,” noting that his administration had had little or no success so far. “Mute” is the way National Public Radio explained it. In fact, it’s much worse. The reaction of this administration was not only relatively quiet. It was also cold, predictable and shameful. The reaction of this administration was not only relatively quiet. Consider Biden’s own response when a reporter asked him Thursday whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “doing enough to stop the spread of this violence there.” .. Biden replied, “There has been no significant overreaction so far” from the Israelis. Given the massive asymmetry of death and destruction, we just wonder what our president considers to be a “significant overreaction” in absolute horror. The Biden administration also blocked the Security Council’s statement on the crisis twice last week and only opposed the Security Council’s public meeting on the matter on Friday. Last week, a State Department spokesman couldn’t even tell himself that self-defense extended to Palestinians when pushed. The US envoy did not arrive in the area until Saturday, and the Biden administration has not nominated a candidate for a US ambassador to Israel. Therefore, the administration claims to be working “behind the scenes” to resolve this latest crisis, but the debate is not prepared for the rigorous demands of foreign policy, while at the same time being a nihilistic ordinary business. It looks like an alibi that has adopted. An approach to cover Israel’s aggressive policies. If so, both Palestinians and Americans would lose, the former losing dozens, if not hundreds, of apparently hundreds, and the latter losing significant fame and influence. And who gets it? Benjamin Netanyahu, who was about to be expelled as prime minister just a week ago, was charged with corruption in Israel four elections in two years after many failures to form a coalition government. .. But, as Joe Biden says, this is a deal. The president’s respect for Israel’s hopes-a long-standing American reflex-may no longer represent the political consensus of his party. The United States is changing, the Democratic Party is changing, and the cracks that have historically separated criticism of Israel from American politics are emerging on the wall. The change was bravely and touchingly apparent on the floor of the House of Representatives last week. “The United States must acknowledge its role in Palestinian injustice and human rights violations,” said Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez during a special order time hosted by Congressmen Mark Pokan and Marie Newman. Said to. “This is not a matter of both sides,” she continued. “This is about power imbalances.” She was hardly alone. Calling Netanyahu a “far-right nationalist” on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Ilhan Omar said the U.S. government could “pay a Palestinian state for verbal services, but absolutely what to do to make that state a reality.” No, “he asked. Is the fund trying to make it impossible? Congressman Rashida Tribe stood up and said: “I am currently the only Palestinian-American parliamentarian, and only my presence has disrupted the status quo. I tell my colleagues that Palestinians really exist, we are humans. Something reminds me that I am allowed to dream. ”After Gazan’s mother quoted her fear of losing her child in an Israeli bomb, her voice was cut off,“ We are international. We must condition aid to Israel for human rights compliance and end the apartment hate. ” Congressman Ayanna Pressley declared: “Palestinians are said to be the same as black Americans. There is no acceptable form of resistance. We have witnessed terrible human rights abuses. The pain, trauma and fear faced by Palestinians , Not only the result of this week’s escalation, but also the result of many years of military occupation. “Also, Palestinian African-American Rep. Kolibush said on the house floor,” They use it to abuse us. The same equipment is the same equipment that sends Palestinians to the Israeli army to abuse them with the police. ” Congress has probably never seen such a strong indication of support for Palestinian life. But what matters is not just the support, but the way it is clearly expressed. When Ocasio Cortez spoke, she portrayed a personal connection from Puerto Rico to Palestine. As a black woman, Presley said she was no stranger to the kind of police atrocities and state-approved violence that Palestinians are suffering from. Bush tweeted. “The black and Palestinian struggle for liberation is interrelated and we will not give up until all of us are free.” Omar linked her refugee experience to a surviving war. .. Tlaib talked about being raised as a Palestinian in “America’s most beautiful and darkest city, Detroit, where the movement for citizenship and social justice is born.” Each woman transformed the struggle for Palestine liberation into something deep and personal, as they all met at the crossroads of their collective life. For too long, Palestinians have been regarded as a problem to be resolved or bombed. But when they are seen as humans and as humans, and when their struggles are understood and identified, everything changes. That was the change I heard on the house floor this week. It was a hug of empathy for Palestine. In a unique way, change is the shaking of the earth. These are the voices of American politics demanding something different, a new way to see Palestinians and Palestinians. Unlike what this administration offers, the demand can be called leadership. And that is the request that must and will be heard. Moustafa Bayo is the author of “How do you feel about the problem ?: Being a young Arab in the United States”.