Rep. Maloney’s Primary Challenger, Abdelhamid, Joins Dems Denouncing US Complicity in Israeli Violence | Common Dreams News

As the death toll from Israel’s assault of the Gaza Strip continued to rise—since Monday, at least 128 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed—Abdelhamid said that the violence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Israeli forces and settler colonists are driving Palestinians from their homes, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, “has been heartbreaking and unacceptable.”

“We’ve seen the Israeli military force hundreds of Palestinians out of their homes through the expansion of illegal settlements,” said Abdelhamid. “Palestinians are afraid to go to schools or houses of worship. Likewise, Hamas rockets targeting Israeli civilians are unacceptable. At the end of the day, without the United States playing an even-handed role and using our leverage in the region to end the occupation of the Palestinian people and secure a two-state solution, the long-term security of both Israelis and Palestinians will be threatened.”

We cannot claim to stand for human rights while our nation is complicit in funding forced evictions, settlement expansion, and violence against children and families that undermine a two-state solution. Unlike Rep. Maloney, I don’t believe that Israel—or any country—should receive a blank check funded by American taxpayers to use in a way that violates our values and basic human rights. All people, Israelis and Palestinians alike, deserve dignity, justice, and freedom, and the United States cannot back away from its responsibility to ensure peace in the region.

Rep. Maloney’s Primary Challenger, Abdelhamid, Joins Dems Denouncing US Complicity in Israeli Violence | Common Dreams News