Bernie Sanders says he will boycott ‘war criminal’ Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

FILE – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks to the media as he walks to the House chamber before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, March 7, 2024, in Washington. Sanders, the far-left independent from Vermont, introduced a bill on Thursday, March 14, that would reduce to 32 hours the amount of time many Americans can work each week before being entitled to overtime. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (VINnews) – Senator Bernie Sanders has rejected an invitation from congressional leaders, including Democrats, for Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu to address Congress. Sanders declared he would boycott the speech and called Netanyahu a “war criminal.”

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Sanders released the following statement:

It is a very sad day for our country that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited – by leaders of both parties – to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress.

Israel, of course, had the right to defend itself against Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on October 7, but it did not and does not have the right to wage war against the entire Palestinian people. Israel has no right to kill more than 34,000 civilians and injure more than 80,000 – 5% of Gaza’s population. She has no right to orphan 19,000 children. It has no right to drive 75% of Gaza’s population from their homes. It has no right to damage or destroy more than 60% of homes in Gaza. It has no right to destroy Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, destroy its water and sewage systems, and deny electricity to the people of Gaza. She has no right to destroy Gaza’s healthcare system, decommission 26 hospitals and kill more than 400 healthcare workers. It has no right to bomb all twelve universities and 56 schools in Gaza, or to deny 625,000 children in Gaza the opportunity for education.

It certainly has no right to block the access of humanitarian aid – food and medical supplies – to the desperate people of Gaza, creating conditions for famine and starvation. She has no right to condemn hundreds of thousands of children to starvation. This is a clear violation of US and international law.

The International Criminal Court recently announced that it is seeking arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, and Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas. The ICC is right. Both people are involved in clear and egregious violations of international law.

Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal. He should not be invited to address a joint meeting of Congress. I certainly won’t be there.

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