Sen. Merkley uses Easter to attack Israel

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Here is Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s Easter statement on X: “On this Easter, let’s ponder Netanyahu’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, which has killed more than 20,000 women and children, and his restriction of humanitarian aid, which has pushed Palestinians to the brink of famine.”

The Jewish News Syndicate replied

Merkley’s “Easter message perpetuating falsehoods about Israel’s actions during the Israel-Hamas War is unacceptable and irresponsible,” stated the American Jewish Committee. “This tweet should be deleted.” (At press time, it remained live, with some 1.2 million views.)“Now a U.S. senator falsely linking a Christian holiday used to justify centuries of antisemitism to Israel’s ‘indiscriminate bombing’ of Gaza,” stated B’nai B’rith International. “Instead of pushing absurd misinformation, Sen. Merkley should learn why spreading blood libel against Jews is so hateful and dangerous.”  Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Israel’s special envoy for combating antisemitism, also called the senator’s post a “blood libel.”

The Times of Israel stated,

“…David Harris, the former longtime American Jewish Committee CEO. Harris attached a massive graphic of BLOOD LIBEL to his arguments against Merkley’s claim…Michal Cotler-Wunsh. (Rami Zarenger) “Humanitarian aid arrives daily in Gaza, Hamas hoards aid, fails to distribute, Israel’s military action is as precise as any in history, Casualty figure comes from Hamas,” Harris said. “All in a war, Senator, STARTED by Hamas, a US-designated foreign terrorist group.”


Previously U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley called for suspending (non-defensive) military aid to Israel along with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.   At the time Senator Merkley insisted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is interfering with the humanitarian operations (and not Hamas which is already on record for interfering with humanitarian assistance going back a decade)

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