AIPAC: We like Biden
|By Rannie Amiri|
Many, many years later, the memory of a campus speech delivered by Senator—now vice presidential candidate—Joseph Biden of Delaware remains especially vivid. Although the topic was predictably foreign policy, on which he is an alleged expert, the reason for attending was not to hear the verbose senator sanctimoniously expound on international relations. Rather, it was in anticipation of the question and answer session that would follow. At the time, Israel was in the throws of the first intifada.
After responding to a few softballs, a persistent hand was acknowledged.
I prefaced my question with the following two quotes, the first by Winston Churchill:
"The cause of unrest in Palestine, and the only cause, arises from the Zionist movement, and from our promises and pledges in regard to it" (House of Commons, 14 June 1921).
The second, a poignant comment by the late Israeli civil rights activist, Dr. Israel Shahak:
"You cannot have humane Zionism. It is a contradiction in terms" (Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. IV, 1975).
I then posed the following: