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Sanders Slams MBS, Says He Should Stop Talking About Gaza & Do Something
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US Senator and onetime Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders slammed the Saudi Crown Prince for failing to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

US Senator and onetime Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders

Speaking at an annual conference of the Jewish group J Street on Monday, Sanders said: "I say to the crown prince and the other multi-billionaire leaders in the region, stop just talking about the poverty and distress in Gaza, do something meaningful about it."

"I heard the other day that the Saudi king pledged $50 million to UNRWA, the UN agency that works with Palestinian refugees. Fifty million dollars is not a small sum of money, but let us not forget that it is ten percent of what the crown prince paid for a yacht," he said.

The crown prince, who claims to be leading a campaign against corruption in his country, has been criticized for his lavish spending, including the purchase of a $450m Da Vinci painting last year.

During a US tour earlier this month, bin Salman announced deals worth billions of dollars with American companies.

Sanders, a former presidential candidate who has become a leading figure in US left-wing politics, also denounced the "Israeli" entity for its deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters in Gaza.

He went on to say that the entity "massively overreacted" to Palestinian protests over the past month.

"Frankly it's amazing to me that anyone would find that point controversial," he said.

"Israeli" forces had shot dozens of Palestinians, including children and journalists, since Gazans started demonstrating on 30 March.

At least 34 Palestinians had been martyred and 2,000 injured since the protests started.

The progressive lawmaker also condemned the "Israeli" entity for "the inhumane blockade of Gaza".

The United Nations has said that the Palestinian enclave of two million people, where youth unemployment is over 60 percent, is becoming "unlivable".

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

17-04-2018 | 15:02

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