In a move that confirmed the bipartisan support the US political class offers towards Israel, all 100 Senators signed a letter decrying the UN’s supposed unfair treatment towards Israel.
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The contents of the letter argue the conventional myth that the United Nations is unfair and biased towards Israel. This fiction that the entirety of the Senate believes is a fantasy; before United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 passed in December 2016, the last UN security council resolution critical of Israel to pass was in 2002, 15 years ago.
Further, a statistical review of Security Council activities in 2016 found that the UN is actually far more active with a numerous amount of other countries:
Another repugnant part of the letter condemned the nonviolent BDS movement, once again a reminder of the successes it’s had as Israel’s supporters felt the need to include this section:
What’s telling in all of this is the extent to which this letter received bipartisan support. It’s unsurprising to see the likes of Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker sign up, but more notable perhaps is the fact that so-called “progressive” Democrats such as Bernie Sanders also signed the letter.
Sanders, during the Democratic Primaries, attempted to draw some distinction between his position on Israel and Hillary Clinton’s. During the formation of the DNC platform, Sanders’s platform team, which included Cornel West and James Zogby, attempted unsuccessfully to improve the language of the platform on Palestine.
Since the end of the election, however, Sanders has done little for Palestine, except for a speech at J Street, and his move in endorsing a letter that essentially says the UN shouldn’t criticize Israel and that the BDS movement is anti-semitic suggests his positioning during the Democratic Primaries had less to do with any real concern for Palestinian human rights and was more of a wedge issue he could use to attack Hillary Clinton.
Soft left Democrats, such as Chris Murphy and Al Franken signed the letter, as did Elizabeth Warren, which extends her shameful support for Israel.
The disgraceful support that these “progressive” and “left wing” Democrats have offered Israel in signing this letter is yet another reminder that the left cannot rely wholly on their politicians to provide justice in the world. It must always keep the pressure on and fight the Democrats it supports with the same energy it fights the Democrats it opposes. The likes of Sanders, Ellison, and Warren will always be compromise candidates; preferable to the Clintons and Obamas, but still part of the same system that props up U.S. Empire and protects Israel’s illegal, brutal, and apartheid occupation of Palestine.
This article was originally published on Medium.
Correction: An earlier version of this article included a title that mentioned “Israel Occupation.” (“Bernie Sanders and the Entire US Senate Unanimously Endorse Israel’s Occupation”) This is inaccurate; the letter condemned the supposed UN bias against Israel and the BDS movement.