Uprisings across all 50 states continued into this week, with thousands protesting the police murder of George Floyd. A number of pro-Palestine organizations put out powerful statements in solidarity with the actions.
Sarah Lazare and Branko Marcetic discuss Joe Biden’s track record on Israel and Palestine, his insufficient response to Trump’s Iran sanctions, and what his potential administration’s foreign policy might look like.
This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020 (S. 3176). It’s a goodie bag for “The Only Democracy in the Middle East.”
Joe Biden on BDS: “the BDS movement, which singles out Israel — home to millions of Jews — and too often veers into anti-Semitism, while letting Palestinians off the hook for their choices.”
Last week, both Missouri and Oklahoma’s state legislatures passed bills prohibiting the state from entering into contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. “Year after year, activists in these states successfully fought back against anti-boycott bills. This year, while legislative sessions were truncated due to COVID-19, and people sheltering in place were unable to fight back, lawmakers made the time to pass bills aiming to silence constitutionally protected speech in support of Palestinian rights,” Palestine Legal’s Meera Shah tells Mondoweiss.
In the latest installment of The Shift, Michael Arria talks with Mckayla Wilkes, who is mounting a primary challenge against one of the most pro-Israel Democrats in the House of Representatives – Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
The Netanyahu-Gantz coalition government will be sworn in this week and Netanyahu has made it clear that he intends to move forward with annexation plans this summer. Almost every Democrat opposes the move, but virtually none of them want to even suggest doing anything about it.
The UK Supreme Court delivered the Palestine Solidarity Campaign a major victory last month, after it reversed a ban that prohibited local governments from supporting the BDS movement.