PRESS RELEASE: The Congressional Wall of Shame--Why I Stand with South Africa and the Actual Interest of the United States of America
January 25, 2024--By the time this statement appears in print, the International Court of Justice will likely have delivered its decision on the South African Application filed on December 29, 2023 with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) charging Israel with the crime of Genocide against the people of Gaza. Whatever the decision of the court, I believe South Africa’s action was correct, and I want it known that as a candidate for United States Senator, that I agree fundamentally with their position. This is the more urgent because over 200 unprincipled and/or cowardly members of the U.S. House of Representatives have added their names to a reprehensible letter sent on January 23 to Secretary of State Tony Blinken characterizing South Africa’s very well-documented and thorough case as “grossly unfounded.” They are either lying, or have not bothered to read the 84 page report, or both.
At the conclusion of World War II, which cost tens of millions of lives worldwide including over six million human beings of the Jewish faith, a tribunal was convened at Nuremberg to not only bring the perpetrators of the Nazi-led holocaust to justice, but to inform the world how such hideous crimes against humanity could have occurred, and to ensure that mankind would “never again” descend into such barbarism. The standard invoked in that tribunal was “known, or should have known.” That is, ignorance was not an excuse, especially when the crimes committed were of such a magnitude that no reasonable person could have been unaware that they were being committed.
What South Africa has done, by filing its report with the International Court of Justice, is to remove any pretext of innocence from any person alive on earth today with access to electricity and communication. The world has been informed that Israel has not only directly killed thousands of Palestinian civilians by dropping “over 6000 bombs per week” on the densely populated Gaza strip, but through the withholding of water, food, fuel, and medical supplies from the 1.9 million Palestinian people who are now also homeless, Israel is perpetrating a textbook case of genocide against 2.3 million people, half of whom are children.
For anyone who would make the absurd argument that such mass slaughter is “collateral damage” in a war of “self defense” in response to the barbaric October 7 attack by Hamas, the South African report also includes several pages of blood-curdling quotations from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Herzog, and the following statement from Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant who called for “imposing a complete siege on Gaza. No electricity, no food, no water, no fuel. Everything is closed. We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly….Gaza won’t return to what it was before. We will eliminate everything. If it doesn’t take one day, it will take a week. It will take weeks or even months, we will reach all places.”
The documentation provided by South Africa, when combined with the knowledge of the Nuremberg Tribunals, makes these 200 American Congressmen and women worse than the “good Germans” who failed to prevent Adolf Hitler from committing genocide against Jews and others 80 years ago.
I am calling for the defeat of each of these representatives in the 2024 Federal Election, unless they admit their error and remove their names from that despicable letter. I list them all below in order that we can recruit and support candidates to unseat them in their districts, and who will work with my campaign for U.S. Senate to return the United States to its intended mission, which was not to emulate the British Empire, but to eradicate colonialism from the face of the earth, not with bombs and sanctions, but by lifting our own people and others out of the shackles of poverty and degradation. As the great poet of freedom Friedrich Schiller said, “We were born for that which is better!”
Signers of the January 23 letter to Secretary Blinken:
New York Representatives listed first:
Remaining members of "congressional wall of shame' (view PDF of the original letter and signers HERE):
Robert Aderholt (R)
Jared Golden (D)
H. Morgan Griffith (R)