“While sympathy for Palestine has long been a minority position in the United States, supporters are being punished for speaking out at a disturbing new level as Israel pummels Gaza, killing thousands of Palestinians in the weeks following the 7 October Hamas terror attacks…
“In the United States, the highest levels of power have long supported voices backing Israel and its military. Now, supporters of Palestine fear the war presents an opportunity for supporters of Israel’s government to further crush dissent in the US.”
In Israel, some in the press have leveled criticism at the Netanyahu regime’s part in precipitating the Hamas attack. The op-ed below, which is critical of Israel’s policy toward Gaza, ran in the newspaper Haaretz:
“On Saturday they were already talking about wiping out entire neighborhoods in Gaza, about occupying the Strip and punishing Gaza ‘as it has never been punished before.’ But Israel hasn’t stopped punishing Gaza since 1948, not for a moment.
“After 75 years of abuse, the worse possible scenario awaits it once again. The threats of ‘flattening Gaza’ prove only one thing: We haven’t learned a thing. The arrogance is here to stay, even though Israel is paying a high price once again.”
If a country fighting a war can tolerate differences of political opinion, why can’t the country financing the war? Citizens of the US should not be subjected to accusations of anti-Semitism, or other forms of intimidation, for expressing opposition to the killing of civilians on the West Bank and in Gaza and to funding those actions with US tax dollars.