US Congresswoman Betty McCollum asserted on Sunday, 19 March 2023 that Americans do not want the U.S. to be complicit in Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian children and families.
In a tweet on her feed, McCollum added that US aid should not be used to detain Palestinian children in Israeli military detention centers or demolish their homes.
More than ever before, Americans do not want the U.S. to be complicit in Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian children & families. Not $1 of U.S. aid should be used to imprison Palestinian children in military detention facilities, or used to tear down their homes. https://t.co/HDgO8XunsY
— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) March 19, 2023
McCollum shared an American public opinion poll published last Thursday, Democrat voters were asked: “In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?”
In response, 49 percent said that they sympathised more with the Palestinians and 38 percent sympathised more with the Israelis.
There has been an eleven-point increase over the past year in sympathy toward Palestinians from those who voted Democrat.
Meanwhile, the same voters’ sympathy for Israelis has been on the decline for more than a decade, since a high point in 2014 when 58 percent sympathised with Israelis and only 23 percent with Palestinians.
The shift is the first since the poll started 22 years ago.
Israeli violence against Palestinians has been on the rise since the beginning of 2023, with at least 85 people killed, including 16 children, by Israeli forces and settlers, making it the bloodiest start to a year since 2000, according to the Palestinian health ministry.