Bernie Sanders' criticism of Israel at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York, on April 15 was not especially harsh. The presidential candidate said "we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity" and that Israel used "a disproportionate attack" during the 50-day war in Gaza in 2014. These comments, as Ali Abunimah said on the Real News Network, are "really the minimum we should hear from any honest person." Still, the fact that Sanders willingly said these things -- in a presidential debate in the state with the highest Jewish population in the country -- is both unprecedented and historic. Read more.
Our nation’s prison and jail population had quintupled in 30 years, leaving us with the highest incarceration rate in the world. A third of black men had felony records — due in large part to a racially biased, brutal drug war — and were relegated to a permanent second-class status. Tens of millions of people in the United States had been stripped of basic civil and human rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, education and basic public benefits. Read more.