In yet another example of how Israel is somehow exempt from the moral law, Senator Chuck Schumer proves once yet that he is possibly the most odious Democratic senator. In an address to some Jewish group, he made the following points about the blockade of Gaza:
“And to me, since the Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas, while certainly there should be humanitarian aid and people not starving to death, to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense.”
As Glenn Greenwald notes, it is akin to treating 1.5 million suffering human beings as dogs in need of some stern training. Remember, collective punishment is absolutely forbidden under the moral law, and is also a war crime under the Geneva conventions. And this has always been what it is all about – Israeli documents note that the blockade is less about security and more about “economic warfare”. That the Obama administration refuses to stand against Israel, and that his right-wing opponents demand an even closer alliance with Israel, is appalling.