The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States expresses dismay at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing sponsored by Presidential hopeful and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). This biased and inflammatory hearing conflated all Palestinians as terrorists and failed to represent any Palestinian viewpoint in an obvious effort to defame the Palestinian people. The growing and alarming trend in the United States to dehumanize Palestinians must be stopped and opposed by all who seek an end to the decades long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Defending Israel should not come at the expense of Palestinians and for narrow political interest sought by presidential hopefuls who are appealing to pro-Israeli votes.
Furthermore, this hearing failed to mention recent acts of Israeli incitement, settler acts of terrorism, extrajudicial killings and acts of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has remained committed to nonviolence and to obtaining a sovereign Palestinian state through all peaceful, legal, and diplomatic means. The Palestinian people are entitled to defend themselves against a brutal military occupation which denies them their basic human rights. If there is a party to be condemned for their actions, it is Israel, which continues to defy international law with impunity because of the blind support it receives from people like Senator Cruz and other senators. It is time for Israel apologists on the hill to put US national interests ahead of those of the current extreme right wing government in Israel. Otherwise, Israel will continue with its destructive policies and will eventually drag the whole region into more confrontations with dire consequences for all.