‘Word Genocide Makes Me Queasy’ – Sanders Slammed in Ireland for Gaza Stance (VIDEO)

US Senator Bernie Sanders was criticized by Irish students. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Pro-Palestinian activists on Thursday disrupted an event in University College Dublin (UCD) featuring Bernie Sanders, accusing him of being a ‘genocide denier.’ 

The 83-year-old former US Presidential candidate is currently in Ireland to promote his book ‘It’s OK To Be Angry At Capitalism’.

In a video widely circulated on social media, Sanders is heard as saying that he will try to persuade the Biden Administration to call for a “humanitarian pause or ceasefire in order to provide the desperately needed aid.”

However, he said that he is just “a little bit queasy” about the use of the word “genocide”. “We have to be careful about it,” Sanders stated.

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The International Court of Justice, per the request of South Africa, has ruled on January 26 that there are legal grounds for the accusation that Israeli is carrying out a genocide against the Palestinian people. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 28,775 Palestinians have been killed, and 68,552 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

‘It Is Genocide’ 

As Sanders began expressing his discomfort about the use of the term, a participant in the event interrupted the US senator while shouting: “It is a genocide.”

Another activist, a women, yelled: “What’s your definition of genocide?” to which Sanders did not respond.

“Bernie, you have funded Zionism yourself,” a third activist shouted, adding: “You have funded the Israeli settler state. Here you are, pretending you aren’t.”

“It is disgusting. Liar liar, genocide denier!” the activist continued. 

According to Irish media, Sanders “replied to say that it’s not helpful to disrupt meetings, insisting that ‘slogans are not solutions’.”

However, the criticism did not only come from Irish students. 

The Irish Star newspaper reported that Irish politician Richard Boyd Barrett has also slammed Sanders for his stance in the first weeks of the genocidal Israeli war, when he repeatedly refused to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Moral Inconsistency 

“I respected Bernie Sanders until he refused to call for a ceasefire in Gaza for the first 2 months of #IsraeliGenocide and still refuses to call what Israel is doing a genocide,” the Irish politician said.

“Like our government he legitimized the ‘self-defense’ propaganda which justified the Gaza slaughter,” Barrett continued. 

In November, Sanders said during an interview with CNN that the ceasefire was not a viable option. 

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“I don’t know how you can have a ceasefire, (a) permanent ceasefire, with an organization like Hamas, which is dedicated to turmoil and chaos and destroying the state of Israel,” he said.

When Sanders made that statement, well-over 9,000 Palestinians, including more than 4,000 children, had already been killed by Israel. 

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

(The Palestine Chronicle) 

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  1. Can Sanders not know what’s been going on in Palestine for 75 years? I didn’t know most of what Israel has been doing; because, the US government and our media keep it out of the news, but, I can’t believe Sanders didn’t know. Israel has been carrying out “slo genocide” on the Palestinians for 75 years, daily killing, maiming stealing from, imprisoning and torturing Palestinians for marching, watching a march, writing poetry, throwing stones, and just today, killed a man for selling lemons.

  2. To avoid an more mag 7earthquake tsunami in Us in Israel in Europe and in countries related to Israel the end of the war in Gaza February 17, 2024.

  3. How about “The murder of innocents” Bernie? This Genocide word seems somewhat confusing to some like Sanders, but there again he is 83.

    • The name Hitler is no longer named in the European families because of what he did the same will happen to netanyahu,and accomplices.shame to the world that pretends not to see genocide

  4. Wrong. Slogans ARE solutions. the problem is that most people are idiots. Indoctrinated to be ok with the genocide their own government has directly, or indirectly funded, armed, enabled all over the world for decades.

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