San­ders right to stand up for Pales­tine

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS - It’s an ill wind that blows no­body any good.

BERNIE San­ders has yet to for­mally con­cede to Hil­lary Clin­ton in the race to be­come the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the US. He has said that “in all like­li­hood” he will vote for Clin­ton, but this is very far from a ring­ing en­dorse­ment and leaves open a lot of room for fierce de­bate at the party con­ven­tion in July over the Demo­crat’s man­i­festo. The rea­son San­ders is be­ing so coy about giv­ing up cam­paign­ing is that he wants to main­tain the mo­men­tum of his broad­based cam­paign on a range of is­sues such as in­sti­tut­ing a min­i­mum wage right into the con­ven­tion. He wants to “make sure that the Demo­cratic Party not only has the most pro­gres­sive plat­form in the his­tory of the party, but that the plat­form is ac­tu­ally im­ple­mented by elected of­fi­cials”. If he suc­ceeds he may bring large num­bers of peo­ple back into main­stream pol­i­tics who pre­vi­ously stood aloof from elec­tions.

Dur­ing the cam­paign San­ders spoke in a far more bal­anced man­ner than any other pres­i­den­tial can­di­date through­out the years about the need for peace in Pales­tine as a mat­ter of jus­tice for the Pales­tinian peo­ple, rather than an im­per­a­tive for Is­raeli se­cu­rity. He did well to break the un­writ­ten rule that can­di­dates only talk about their sup­port for Is­rael while keep­ing silent on Pales­tine. It was very re­fresh­ing that a se­ri­ous can­di­date was able to speak about the plight of the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza, re­fer­ring to a land­scape of “dec­i­mated houses, dec­i­mated health care, dec­i­mated schools” adding that the US must help the Pales­tinian peo­ple. He is right about that and if he brings the is­sue to the Con­ven­tion he will have done well. — Gulf News

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