“Whether it’s in the U.S. or abroad, I believe in equal rights and freedom for all. We therefore must commit to a political solution that centers those values for Israelis and for Palestinians.
Sadly, Eliot Engel has been one of the staunchest supporters of Israel’s right wing policies. He has consistently failed to recognize Israel’s expansionist settlement activity and the entrenchment of the occupation as the main barriers to peace in the region, instead deflecting and claiming that Palestinians, living in increasingly worse conditions, are not willing to negotiate in good faith. Additionally, he has devalued Palestinian lives, failing to censure the IDF for indiscriminate killings during the Great Return March, for example. His support of Trump’s decision to unilaterally move the embassy to Jerusalem and approval of Israel’s recent move annexing the Golan Heights are just two unfortunate examples in which he has sided with Netanyahu over Democrats and over American interests.
My approach would differ because I assert that the occupation, the settlements, and the institutionalized racism of the Israeli state preclude Palestinians from living a life of peace with justice. I would support ending all military aid to nations until they can guarantee they are not committing human rights abuses. I would also cosponsor HR 4391 and advocate that the Israeli government must end the siege of Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank. We should also not be funding settlements, and our president should not be getting settlements named after him.”