Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a web page out of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s book — introducing a resolution Thursday to block the US sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel within the Senate.
A rep for Sanders (I-Vt.) confirmed his plans to The Post Thursday morning, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
“At a moment when US-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a Congressional debate,” the Senate Budget Committee chairman mentioned in an announcement.
“I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians. We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”
Congress was notified on May 5 that the Biden administration had authorised the arms sale and that lawmakers can be given a deadline of May 20 to file a resolution objecting.
On Wednesday, group of House Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a political ally of Sanders and a fellow progressive, launched the same measure to halt the sale.
In addition to AOC, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) joined in introducing the resolution.
It was co-sponsored by fellow “Squad” Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), in addition to Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.).
Bush, who represents the St. Louis space, has been accused by a neighborhood Jewish newspaper of “refusing” to grant the outlet an interview final week.
The editorial board of the Jewish Light wrote in an op-ed, “The Light wishes to speak with Rep. Bush because we do our best to inform our local Jewish community about the issues they care about most. And Bush, during the campaign, took an unusual position for a Democratic or Republican candidate on one such topic: Israel.”
The paper didn’t present proof Bush outright “refusing” an interview, as an alternative arguing her crew had dodged efforts to set one up and had not responded to emails since late April.
A rep for Bush didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for touch upon the matter.
Israel has come below assault by a barrage of rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip during the last week, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blare throughout Israel’s cities.
The Iron Dome protection system has been intercepting most of the rockets, with the streaks of a number of interceptor missiles lighting up the sky over Israel.
The spasm of violence has produced among the worst combating between Israel and the phobia group since their 2014 conflict.
In line with progressive politicians, left-leaning organizations are additionally standing firmly with Palestinians.
Last Friday, a coalition of 140 progressive teams — together with the Justice Democrats, MoveOn, the Working Families Party, CODEPINK and Democracy for America — launched a joint assertion condemning Israel for the bloodshed, which on the time had killed dozens.
“We are horrified by Israel’s use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinians in Gaza which have already resulted in the killings of dozens of Palestinians, including children.”
Black Lives Matter, which was not amongst the assertion’s signatories, tweeted Monday that it was declaring “solidarity with Palestinians.”
“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians,” the group tweeted. “We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. ( always have. And always will be ). #freepalestine.”