American media usually report on neutral in the conflict.military assaults in the Occupied and as if the is an innocent, neutral party to the conflict. In fact, a majority of Americans have told pollsters for decades that they want the to be
But US media and politicians betray their own lack of neutrality by blamingfor nearly all the violence and framing flagrantly disproportionate, indiscriminate and, therefore, illegal attacks as a justifiable response to actions. The classic formulation from officials and commentators is that “ has the right to defend itself.” For these same officials, do not have the right to defend themselves even as the massacre hundreds of civilians, destroy thousands of homes and seize ever more land.
America Is Confused Over What It Means to Be Exceptional
The disparity in casualties inassaults on speaks for itself. At the time of writing, the current bombing of has killed at least 213 people, including 61 children and 35 women. Rockets fired from by Hamas militants have killed 12 people in , including two children.
In recent years, killed while nine died. In 2014, 2,251 (including 1,462 civilians) and 72 (one Thai and six civilians) were killed. -built F-16s dropped at least 5,000 bombs and missiles on , and tanks and artillery fired 49,500 shells — mostly massive six-inch shells from American-made M-109 howitzers. In 2018, in response to largely peaceful “March of Return” protests at the – border, soldiers killed 183 with live ammunition and wounded over 6,100. This included 122 who required amputations, 21 paralyzed by spinal cord injuries and nine who suffered permanent loss of vision.has seen numerous deadly conflicts. In the 2008-09 war, 1,417 were
As with the Saudi-led war on Yemen and other serious foreign policy problems, biased and distorted news coverage by US media leaves many Americans not knowing what to think. Many simply give up trying to sort out the rights and wrongs of what is happening and instead blame both sides. They then focus their attention closer to home, where the problems of society impact them more directly and are easier to understand and do something about.
So, how should Americans respond to horrific images of bleeding, dying children and homes reduced to rubble in? The tragic relevance of this crisis for Americans is that, behind the fog of war, propaganda and biased media coverage, the bears an overwhelming share of responsibility for the carnage taking place in . policy has perpetuated the crisis and atrocities of the occupation by unconditionally supporting in three ways: militarily, diplomatically and politically.
On the military front, since the creation of the $146 billion in foreign aid, nearly all of it military-related. It currently provides $3.8 billion per year in military aid to . In addition, the is the largest seller of weapons to . Its military arsenal now includes 362 -built F-16 warplanes and 100 other military aircraft, as well as a growing fleet of the new F-35s; at least 45 Apache attack helicopters; M-109 howitzers; and M270 rocket-launchers. At this very moment, is using many of these -supplied weapons in its devastating bombardment of .state in 1948, the has provided
The collaborated on drone technologies tested by the in . In 2004, the United States called on forces with experience in the Occupied to give tactical training to American special operations forces as they confronted popular resistance to the hostile military occupation of Iraq.alliance with also involves joint military exercises and joint production of Arrow missiles and other weapons systems. The American and militaries have
The stockpile of weapons at six locations in , pre-positioned for use in future military strikes in the Middle East. During the assault on in 2014, even as Congress suspended some weapons deliveries to , the approved handing over stocks of 120mm mortar shells and 40mm grenade launcher ammunition from the stockpile for to use against in .Army also maintains a $1.8-billion
Diplomatically, the times — 45 of those have been to shield from criticism or accountability for or human rights violations. In every single case, the has been the lone vote against the resolution, although a few other countries have occasionally abstained. It is only the ’ privileged position as a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, and its willingness to abuse that privilege to shield its ally , that gives it this unique power to stymie international efforts to hold the government accountable for its actions under international law.has exercised its veto in the UN Security Council 82
The result of this unconditionaldiplomatic shielding of has been to encourage increasingly barbaric treatment of the . With the blocking any accountability in the Security Council, has seized ever more land in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, uprooted more and more from their homes, and responded to the resistance of largely unarmed people with ever-increasing violence, detentions and restrictions on day-to-day life.
On the political front, despite most Americans supporting neutrality in the conflict, the American Public Affairs Committee ( ) and other pro- lobbying groups have exercised an extraordinary role in bribing and intimidating politicians to provide unconditional support for . The roles of campaign contributors and lobbyists in the corrupt American political system make the uniquely vulnerable to this kind of influence peddling and intimidation. This is the case whether it is by monopolistic corporations and industry groups like the military-industrial complex and Big Pharma, or well-funded interest groups like the National Rifle Association, and, in recent years, lobbyists for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
On April 22, just weeks before this latest assault on signed a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee opposing any reduction or conditioning of monies to . The letter represented a show of force from and a repudiation of calls from some progressives in the Democratic Party to condition or otherwise restrict aid to ., the overwhelming majority of congresspeople, 330 out of 435,
President long history of supporting crimes, responded to the latest massacre by insisting on Israel’s “right to defend itself” and inanely hoping that “this will be closing down sooner than later.” His ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also shamefully blocked a call for a ceasefire at the Security Council., who has a
The silence from Bernie Sanders and Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, show what real democracy looks like, as do the massive protests that have filled streets all over the country.and most of the representatives in Congress at the massacre of civilians and mass destruction of is unconscionable. The independent voices speaking out forcefully for , including Senator
opinion in favor of rights. Every member of Congress must be pushed to sign a bill introduced by Representative Betty McCollum over actions. The bill insists that funds to are not used “to support the military detention of children, the unlawful seizure, appropriation, and destruction of property and forcible transfer of civilians in the West Bank, or further annexation of land in violation of international law.” Congress must also be pressured to quickly enforce the Arms Export Control Act and the Leahy laws to stop supplying any more weapons to until it stops using them to attack and kill civilians.policy must be reversed to reflect international law and the shifting American public
Thehas played a vital and instrumental role in the decades-long catastrophe that has engulfed the people of . American leaders and politicians must now confront their country’s and, in many cases, their own personal complicity in this conflict. They must act urgently and decisively to reverse policy to support full human rights for all .
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