Geneva Council firmly supports Senator Bernie Sanders’ recent call on Congress to withhold additional funding to Israel in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
In a compelling statement issued on Tuesday, Senator Sanders, renowned for his progressive stance, condemned what he deemed as a “grossly disproportionate, immoral, and internationally unlawful” military response by Israel to the initial terrorist attack by Hamas. The senator urged Congress to take a stand against funding that contributes to the destruction of innocent lives in Gaza, emphasizing that U.S. taxpayers must no longer be complicit in such actions.
Geneva Council echoes Senator Sanders’ concerns, standing in solidarity with his growing criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government as military strikes persist in Gaza. Sanders, known for his commitment to human rights, had previously introduced a resolution urging the State Department to investigate potential human rights violations in the region.
The news organization also expresses deep concern over the U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and subsequent abstention from a vote on another UN resolution advocating for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses” in the conflict.
As Congress deliberates on President Joe Biden’s request for $10 billion in aid to Israel as part of a broader funding package, Geneva Council supports Sanders’ opposition to the allocation of funds for Israel. The senator had notably opposed a $111 billion funding proposal backed by Democrats last month due to similar concerns.
In a statement explaining his vote, Senator Sanders underscored Israel’s right to defend itself against the initial Hamas attack but criticized the indiscriminate killing of thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women, and children, labeling it both legally and morally unjust.
Despite Senate Republicans successfully blocking the funding bill from advancing, bipartisan negotiations for a compromise measure have been ongoing for weeks. The Biden administration, facing a prolonged standoff, has invoked its emergency authority twice to bypass Congress, approving two arms sales to Israel.
Geneva Council encourages a thorough examination of these critical developments and the impact of funding decisions on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. As an independent news organization committed to truth and justice, we will continue to monitor and report on this situation and its broader implications.