‘US-Made Bombs Are Devastating Gaza’: Sanders Resolution Aims to Block $735 Million Weapons Sale to Israel

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/20/us-made-bombs-are-devastating-gaza-sanders-resolution-aims-block-735-million-weapons?

      “The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions, and civilian sites for bombing,” Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday. “We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”

      To pass, resolutions of disapproval must receive simple-majority support in both chambers. But even if the measures clear both the House and Senate—an unlikely prospect, given the unwavering support Israel enjoys from much of Congress—President Joe Biden would still be able to use his veto power to push the arms sale through.

      Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, said Thursday that despite the long odds of passage, the congressional resolutions are a “big deal” that show “growing support among progressives in Congress to restrict or condition arms sales to Israel.”

      “The message to the Biden administration is powerful and clear: unconditional support to Israel is wrong,” Dakwar added. The push to stop the Biden administration’s weapons sale comes as the government of right-wing Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop the bombing campaign, which has killed more than 220 people in Gaza since it began last Monday.

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      jwirr
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      And if we think we are not guilty we can think again. Every weapon we sell so our rich can get richer makes all of us guilty.

      jwirr

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      The White House notification of the foreign weapons transaction to Congress was made on May 5th. According to law, Congress has only something like three weeks to reject such a proposed weapons transfer. In this case, the deadline for either the House or Senate to reject it was Friday, May 21.

      And, the Foreign Relations Committee can sit on it for ten days, letting the deadline pass. Bernie Sanders waited until the day before the drop dead date to introduce a resolution that he knew had zero chance of reaching the Senate floor. Shambolic, symbolistic shit for his suckers. If he was serious, he would have jumped right on this shit.

      That’s all this ever was. An empty gesture.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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        eridani
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        There aren’t enough supporters  of Palestinians in Congress to block military aid to Israel, so just let it slide by?

        Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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          When all politicians do is talk, and when they never, ever act, I’d rather they STFU instead of pretending to be something they’re not, like the leaders of a political movement. When all a politician does is to pander, she’s worthless to the material interests of the people she is purported to represent.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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