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As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel

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"Unilateral condemnation of recent Palestinian aggression that has killed 28 Israelis. 'Israel faces brutal terrorist stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks at home,' she said at AIPAC. 'Palestinian leaders need to stop inciting violence.' Yet she had not one word for the 188 Palestinians killed during the same period, some of them in extrajudicial executions by the Israeli military, including here, here and here.

"Equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, largely through condemnation of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a nonviolent movement to confront Israel's human rights abuses through direct economic and political pressure. (Would she prefer suicide bombers and rockets?)"

Clinton's big bankroller Haim Saban is teamed up with Sheldon Adelson to oppose BDS, and Clinton does his bidding:

"...with Saban's $6.4 million destined for Clinton's campaign war chest, the candidate wrote to her benefactor to express her 'alarm' over BDS, 'seeking your thoughts and recommendations' to 'work together to counter BDS.'"

She is attracting neoconservative donors:

"...it is not only Saban and fellow Hollywood titans Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg who are pouring their millions into Clinton's campaign. Now neoconservative money is increasing for Clinton as well. Her hardline stance on Israel, combined with her history of advocating military intervention in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East, has brought early endorsements from prominent neocons Robert Kagan, one of the architects of the Iraq war, and Max Boot, the superhawk who called Clinton 'a principled voice for a strong stand on controversial issues.' This from a man who believes the U.S. should 'unambiguously embrace its imperial role' around the world."

Henry Siegman echoes many of these criticisms in the National Interest. Then he explains that the stabbings are a consequence of the occupation that Hillary Clinton defends. No one has done more than Siegman to change the culture of the establishment when it comes to Palestinian human rights:

"[Clinton] spoke at great length about Israeli fears and needs, and assured her audience that a White House meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be one of her first acts as president of the United States, should she win the coming presidential election.

"Among the dangers from which Clinton promised to protect Israel is the 'threat' of a Security Council resolution demanding an end to the half-century occupation of the West Bank.

"In Clinton's speech, in which she touched all the necessary pro-Israel buttons, she managed to avoid even a single sentence that acknowledges the subjugation, disenfranchisement and humiliation Palestinians have been subjected to in the half-century of Israel's occupation...

"Of course, Israel's government must protect its citizens from such attacks. But if these 'lone wolf' stabbings, mostly by young teenagers, are the consequence of the Palestinians' endless imprisonment and Israel's unrelenting theft of Palestinian territory, then Israel's 'obligation to protect' can be met only by ending the occupation."

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Philip Weiss is a longtime writer and journalist in New York. He co-edits a website on Israel/Palestine, Mondoweiss.net, which he founded in order to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. He is currently working on a novel about the US in Australia during WW2.

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