The United States is taking a hypocritical approach in regards to Palestine, urging Israel to tone down violence against Palestinian people while punishing pro-Palestinian figures within its own borders, says an American political analyst in Chicago.
Joe Iosbaker, with the United National Antiwar Committee, made the comments over the US State Department’s call on the Tel Aviv regime to take a moderate approach while treating Palestinian people in the aftermath of a shooting attack on Wednesday that killed at least four Israelis and injured several others.
He told Press TV on Friday that Israel’s relentless oppression against Palestinians has given rise to a new resistance movement, or an Intifada.
“Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, the expansion of illegal settlements, the repeated wars on Gaza, the imprisonment of leaders and thousands of Palestinian people; the denial of their religious rights; in short Israel’s occupation of Palestine has led to a third heroic Intifada,” Iosbaker said.
He described as hypocritical the US call, saying that pro-Palestinian activists face imprisonment and deportation in America.
“The US government and the US imperialism is the reason that Israel’s occupation of Palestine is able to sustain itself,” the pundit said. “The US is a hypocrite and Israel again is leaving on borrowed time and stolen land.”
In the wake of the Wednesday attack, the Israeli military suspended 83,000 entry permits for Palestinians during the fasting month of Ramadan and canceled its easing of security measures for the Gaza Strip.
Tensions have mounted in the occupied territories amid a stepped-up expansion of settlement construction by Israel and frequent raids on sensitive worship sites of the Palestinians by Israeli extremists.
At least 213 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in what is regarded as the third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) since the beginning of last October.
The spark for the uprising came in August last year when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds.