US Senator Bernie Sanders will not attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

US Senator Bernie Sanders will not attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

WASHINGTON: United States (US) Senator Bernie Sanders reiterated on Monday that he will not attend a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint session of Congress.

“No, Mr. President, I will not be present for the speech,” Sanders said, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Sanders said he believed it was a “very sad day” for the US when Netanyahu was invited by leaders from both political parties, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (Republican), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (Democrat).
According to local sources citing his office, no date has been set for Netanyahu’s speech, following reports that it was scheduled for June 13.

Showing photos of starving children in Gaza taken by Getty, Reuters and Al Jazeera, Sanders blasted Johnson, who accused him of “repeating Hamas statements” for refusing to attend a speech by Netanyahu.

“I would say to Speaker Johnson that when you’re at a fundraising dinner with your billionaire friends and you’re having great steak and lobster and other great food, please remember these pictures from Gaza,” Sanders said. .

The senator added that the US needs to remember that the Netanyahu government is deliberately blocking humanitarian aid, including food, water and medical supplies.

He quoted the UN as saying that since mid-January, at least 30 children have died of starvation and more than 93,000 children under the age of five have been screened for malnutrition.

Despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, Israel continues its brutal attacks on Gaza.

More than 36,400 Palestinians have been killed in the territory in nearly eight months of conflict, mostly women and children, while more than 82,600 others have been injured, according to local health authorities

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