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Yanis Varoufakis on Israel’s war crimes

Yanis Varoufakis on Israel’s war crimes

Greece's former finance minister explains how the United States endorses the IDF's right to war crimes

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“The United States fully endorses Israel’s war crimes,” says Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. “Because that’s what it is. When you switch off the water to two and a half million people, by the Geneva Convention that’s a war crime.”

The economist, who shares a European perspective on the war, says that “the West has conspired to ensure a generalized massacre.”

And the real question is “how much Palestinian blood is required to cleanse the hands of Europe?”

As a European, Varoufakis tells us how his continent’s mix of guilt and cowardice are keeping the war fueled. “You have a situation where the European Union simply doesn’t exist anymore as a geopolitical entity, and therefore it simply mimics whatever is coming from Washington DC.”

This wasn’t the case even twenty years ago, but today governments are too afraid to have their own positions. “Even if they secretly oppose what the United States is doing, European presidents and prime ministers are too scared to actually express these disagreements. And that is a major defeat of European democracy.”

So for now, without faith in any government to do what’s right, Yanis Varoufakis encourages the people to take the streets.

“I try to make the point that the protests in favor of Palestinians are also protests of solidarity with our Israeli and Jewish comrades who are suffering immensely under the apartheid regime of Netanyahu.”

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