Anti-Israel group urges Bernie Sanders to visit Gaza ‘in solidarity with Palestinians’

This article by Bob Audette originally appeared May 2 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

BRATTLEBORO — A group of local activists is urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to visit the Gaza Strip and observe the conditions on the ground.

On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Pliny Park, Brattleboro Solidarity will host a rally “in solidarity with Palestinians demonstrating nonviolently for their rights.”

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

“Our main objective is to pressure Bernie Sanders to visit Gaza and see for himself the unjust conditions of the people trying to survive,” said Anna Mullany on behalf of Brattleboro Solidarity. “With Bernie, the media will follow, bearing witness to the occupation and resistance of Palestinians. We hope you will join in condemning the atrocious acts of violence perpetrated on nonviolent protesters and demand justice in Palestine.”

In addition to hosting the rally, Brattleboro Solidarity is urging people to write letters to Sanders and call his office.

“Gaza is unlivable,” said Mullany. “Palestinians are risking their lives. It is important that we act.”

In response to a request for comment, Sanders, in an email to the Reformer, wrote, “I share the concerns of many Vermonters regarding Gaza. The situation there is a humanitarian disaster and must be addressed immediately. Youth unemployment is 60 percent, the water there is deeply polluted and the infrastructure is collapsing. The United States must help end the Gaza blockade, demand that Israel accept a two-state solution and help Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all.”

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5 thoughts on “Anti-Israel group urges Bernie Sanders to visit Gaza ‘in solidarity with Palestinians’

  1. Carter’s Nobel price was awarded for settling the Israeli/Palestine issue.
    Did that work out?

    A Nobel for Bernie for settling the Middle East issues?

    The ROMANS renamed that country Palestine.
    The Palestinians lived in relative peace for about 2000 years until various folks returned to Israel in 1948.
    It has been very bad for the Palestinians ever since.

    BTW, there were no radical Palestinians until after 1948.

  2. Ah, the bern. won’t he and his socialist followers ever goo away? Before he goes on this trip, I’d be impressed to see him go to a map and point out where “Palestine” is.

    I’ll wait……………………..

  3. I did not know ” Feel The Bern ” Sanders was part of the United Nation Delegation as
    they are the humanitarian leaders of the world and should be heading over to check
    this out .

    I believe this blockade has been in existence since the 90’s and “The Bern” is going to
    fix these conditions……………. Give me a break !!

    He cannot handle the issues we have in VT, but give him time with a camera and he’ll
    spew his salvation rhetoric …………………….

    • Trump got into office by speaking the ‘unspeakable’ and realizing that MOST Americans felt the same way. Bernie finally speaks out against evil and NOW you dont like him?? You have been voting the fool in for 30 years!

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