“Read the AJC’s 36-page “Guide for the Perplexed” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and you wouldn’t know that in the West Bank Israel maintains two legal systems, one for Jews—which guarantees due process, free movement, citizenship in the country in which they live and the right to vote for the government that controls their lives—and a second, which denies all these rights to Palestinians.
The AJC constructs a cocoon that allows its supporters to believe that Israel is
a thriving democracy even as it denies millions of Palestinians basic
rights, and to believe that Israel yearns for a two state solution even
as Benjamin Netanyahu boasts about opposing one.
And with the
exception of Sanders, the major Democratic candidates didn’t challenge
that intellectual and moral bubble. They inhabited it.
don’t know if Sanders would make a better president than his Democratic
rivals. But this much is clear: When it comes to the conflict between
the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, he’s the only candidate who
is boldly defending the moral principles — human dignity, anti-racism
and equality under the law -— that all the Democratic candidates claim
to prize. And he’s doing it in front of the audiences that want to hear
that message least, and need to hear it most.
Maybe it’s just a
coincidence that he’s also the only Jewish candidate in the race. But
one day, when the occupation is a distant memory and American Jews have
long since acknowledged its profound injustice, our people will look
back at speeches like the one he gave this week to the AJC with pride.”