Murphy wrong on support for Israel
I applaud your publishing Michael Galant's excellent (Nov. 18) essay, "Chris Murphy wants a new foreign policy." As Murphy's constituent, so do I.
Still, I couldn't agree more with Galant about Murphy's bellicose attitude toward Palestinians and apparent veneration of a Zionist Israel. Consider a 2015 press release issued on Murphy's becoming a ranking member of the Mideast Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he says:
New Haven Register
By Justin McCabe
December 22, 2018
"I also look forward to working across the aisle to continue to support our sacred ally Israel as it faces unprecedented threats and instability along its borders.
What's "sacred" about our ally, Israel?
Is it sacred for Israel to maintain an apartheid-like system that mirrors U.S. Jim Crow, with laws that claim Israeli sovereignty over all pre-1948 Palestine, the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza? Is it sacred to pass a "nation-state" law that makes the 20-plus percent of the Israeli population — mainly Palestinian-Israelis — formally second class and erases Arabic as an official language?
And what's sacred about Murphy's opposing the nonviolent, peace-seeking Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movements (BDS) against Israel, or Israel's banning international supporters of BDS — including Jews — from Israel? Moreover, there's nothing sacred about the denial of the free speech of members of 20 peace groups also being banned from Israel including the American Friends Service, Jewish Voice for Peace, and BDS South Africa.
Finally, is it "sacred" for Murphy to annually support giving Israel billions of U.S. taxpayers' money that could go to American education, health care, our crumbling infrastructure — especially while Israel's actions represent a corruption of American value for equality before the law?
No peace and security will come from the current foreign policy Senator Murphy advocates toward Palestine-Israel. Indeed, close observers of the conflict acknowledge the death of the "two-state solution," while many increasingly see the only sustainable and just solution is the formation of One Democratic State.
There's a Mideast foreign policy I'd like to see Senator Murphy take the lead on.