AJP Action firmly believes, as substantiated by international and Israeli human rights organizations, that Israel is a racist, apartheid state. We are deeply disappointed by the House of Representatives resolution affirming support for Israel, an action designed as a partisan maneuver that measures the ability to pander to Israel rather than addressing the genuine, critical issues at hand.
Most concerning is the contradiction evident in the actions of most Democrats who supported this resolution. Their proclaimed commitment to human rights, equality, and social justice seemingly fades when it comes to Israel, revealing a troubling tendency to put political expedience ahead of steadfast principles.
In a misstep that lays bare the inherent paradox in their actions, Congress, by vehemently denying that Israel is a “racist” state, has inadvertently lent more weight to that very accusation. The “negation bias” principle posits that denying a negative concept, such as “racism,” ironically reinforces that concept in people’s minds. In this context, the House’s denial inadvertently gives the claim that Israel is a racist, apartheid state more prominence.
Additionally, Democrats who voted for this resolution have proven to be entirely disconnected from their base, according to this Gallup poll, which portrays that Democrats are increasingly becoming more sympathetic to Palestinians than Israelis.
The passage of this resolution, despite Israel’s continued human rights violations and total disregard for international law, only emboldens those perpetuating these injustices. It is high time for our representatives to translate their implicit recognition of the realities on the ground into tangible action. America’s blind support for Israel must come to an end. Our foreign policy must align with our proclaimed values, starting with taking a firm stance against Israel’s oppressive actions against the Palestinian people.