Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici‘s “both sides” answer to a Valerie’s question about the bloodshed in Palestine during a town hall phone call on Saturday, May 15. As her constituent, I was just embarrassed by her ignorance and/or complicity. Because, there is no “both sides” to apartheid, genocide, and settler colonialism.
Israel forces began terrorizing eastern Jerusalem five days before a single rocket was launched by Hamas. Slaughtering women, children, and civilians, destroying their homes, is not a “conflict” you “deescalate”.
Mobs of armed Zionists (aided by Israeli police) who dragged Palestinian women and children out of their homes and attacked them in the street proved that apparently the only problem Israelis have with the Shoah is that they weren’t the ones murdering children and openly declaring genocidal war.
Did Bonamici miss Kristallnacht 2.0? This time it was Jews breaking all the glass and celebrating the destruction/deaths.
Bonamici and the U.S. Congress have the blood of Palestinian babies on their hands. By signing the Deutch-McCaul letter (along with Q-conspiracy believers Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, along with other Congressional racists), by continuing to fund the Israeli military so U.S. arms-selling corporations can profit, she and her colleagues gave Israel carte blanche for apartheid and genocidal violence.
That letter, not anything Hamas did, triggered this current violence . Because the primary purpose of the atrocious Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians is to keep Netanyahu in power so he can avoid criminal charges. Sound familiar?
For the record, I was born to a family of Jewish immigrants and my grandparents escaped pogroms in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and what was then Palestine. I lost family I will never know in the Holocaust. However, I will not stand by and not speak out against a government doing the exact same things Hitler’s did.
Never again is now. Step up or step down, Bonamici.