School Children Speak to the staffers of U.S. Senators about Israel’s Decimation of Gaza - Info Panameña

School Children Speak to the staffers of U.S. Senators about Israel’s Decimation of Gaza


Over 20 children of about 7 to 11 years
met at the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Buildings in Washington DC to speak
to the staffers of different senators. I accompanied one group and the
reception we received was friendly with the exception of the office of Senator Debbie
Stabenow of Michigan with facial expressions of “we could care less.” I was
pleasantly amazed at how these primary school kids were so articulate. I was
especially impressed at how the kids refuted with cogent arguments the
statement of the head of staff of Minnesota senator Tina Smith, who basically
justified Israel’s invasion of Gaza. Nevertheless, Stabenow’s two staffers were
pleasant, as were those of the offices (with the exception of Stabenow) of senator
Dick Durbin (Illinois) and especially the two staffers of senator Chris Van
Hollen (of my state of Maryland).

I asked the chief of staff of Senator Stabenow
if, even though the senator’s principal concern is the opinions and interests
of her constituents of her state, and those of the U.S. in general, does she
consider world public opinion which is overwhelmingly opposed to Israel’s
attack on Gaza. He responded by affirming that she is, as is the government in
Washington and just as is Israel. I responded by saying “I would like to
correct you on this, the government in Washington may be concerned about world
public opinion but Israel is not, as has been shown time and time again.”   

 

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