Helen Thomas’ misinterpreted remarks about Jews in Palestine led to the end of her accomplished career. Meanwhile, Senator Schumer of New York is allowed to say he supports the continued “economic strangulation” of Gaza, without anyone even blinking twice.
Schumer is a powerful politician; he is the vice-chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, and the third highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. His position in the government makes the fact that he can make such comments without press coverage or any sort of accountability is especially perturbing.
Schumer, speaking at the Orthodox Union, went on to blame the identity of Palestinians for their situation: “Palestinian people still don’t believe in the Jewish state, in a two-state solution… They don’t believe in the Torah, in David.” Both of these statements are blatantly false, as most Palestinians support a two-state solution, and Muslims consider the Torah a holy book and David a prophet. He also blames Gazans for the actions of Hamas, and states that they can only have economic advancement “when there’s some moderation and cooperation.” (more…)