The High Price of “the Special Relationship”

To commmorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, shot dead by an Israeli bullet in what many suspect was an Israeli extra-judicial killing, Understanding Israel Palestine re-broadcasts an interview with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson from August, 2022. Chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2001-2005, Wilkerson talks frankly about the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel. Fear and intimidation lead the United States to ignore or condone human rights violations by Israel, even when U.S. lives are involved. Wilkerson discusses the analogies between the killing of U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie 20 years ago by an Israeli soldier and Abu Akleh’s death in 2022 and says securing accountability for Abu Akleh’s death is no more likely now than it has been for Rachel Corrie’s family.  He talks about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the role of Israel in it.

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