At the Democratic Party “debate” on Saturday (12/19), the word “Israel” did not come up once. This is at a time when literally fascist settler thugs are roaming the streets and hills of the West Bank, at a time when there is increasing discrimination against Palestinians inside Israel proper, and when African asylum seekers inside Israel are being rounded up and put in concentration camps. The fact that nobody mentioned “Israel” during the “debate” shows that they all – both the moderators and all three candidates – know that they are on extremely weak ground, none more so than Sanders who has a base among a lot of left and left-leaning people.
Here is a link to a video by David Sheen that documents what’s really happening in Israel. It’s well worth watching: https://youtu.be/sdJIAmLGwbs
While I disagree with your support for Sanders, you should be at least raising some of his weaknesses within his campaign. More than anything else, this means raising what is happening in Israel and his support for Israel. The fact is that he is complicit with crimes against humanity. If you raise the issue systematically and openly within his campaign, I think you might really make a difference; it might start to actually force him to address the issue. But if you don’t make this a public issue, aren’t you allowing this complicity?
In online conversations with quite a few different members of Socialist Alternative, several of them have said they don’t agree with everything that Socialist Alternative is doing. Now is the time to raise your voice, both individually and collectively. Not only in private conversations but in your branches, in the form of resolutions, proposed leaflets, etc. And yes, openly within the broader workers’ movement and among fellow socialists outside Socialist Alternative. Either speak up openly or accept that you, too, are responsible for Sanders’ complicity with crimes against humanity.