Racist Arab Hater Senator Bob Menendez demands answers on Khashoggi
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who has introduced legislation to deny justice to Christian and Muslim Arabs, defended Israel’s militarist oppression and land theft, and has spoken publicly against the interests of Arab Americans, Arab Muslims, and the Arab World, has incredulously demanded details into the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
By Ray Hanania
Senator Bob Menendez has led the fight against human rights in Israel, defended Israel’s oppression of Christians and Muslims in Palestine, and sponsored legislation to deny Americans their Constitutional Rights of free speech to denounce foreign government tyranny and oppression, is demanding answers into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi Arabian insider who broke with Saudi Arabia after the government cracked down on corruption and then was hired by the anti-Arab Washington Post Newspaper to write weekly columns that libel the new Saudi government. His vicious and one-sided columns caused so much antagonism against him that some members of the Saudi government at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul murdered him last October.
The Washington Post will NEVER hire as a columnist someone who bashes Israel as harshly as Khashoggi bashed the Saudi Ruling family during the corruption crackdown. They would only hire an Arab columnist who soft-peddles criticism of Israel or narrowly focusing their writings attacking Arab interests.
Menedez is one of the creepiest members of the U.S. Senate and has an agenda to protect Israel while undermining the rights of Arabs. To suddenly pretend to be a champion in the killing of an Arab is the epitome of hypocrisy that reflects the headlock and bias that the Government of Israel and its powerful lobby, AIPAC, have on the American government.
Menedez, who receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Israel’s powerful and bullying lobby, is the perfect shill to introduce anti-Arab legislation.
Here’s Menendez’ press release:
Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators Demanding Answers about Alleged Saudi and UAE Arms Transfers to Extremist Groups
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, regarding recent media reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred U.S. origin weapons to dangerous Yemeni militias, including groups aligned with al Qaeda. If accurate, Saudi Arabia and the UAE could be in violation of U.S. law and be endangering the lives of American service members. The senators requested an immediate briefing by senior Trump Administration officials.
Citing that UAE officials recently confirmed to Congressional staff that at least some of the reported transfers did in fact occur, the Senators laid out the serious implications of the allegations and expressed their alarm that such actions would be taken by American allies. “We expect vital security partners like Saudi Arabia and the UAE to show due care with respect to protecting transfers of sensitive U.S. military technology,” wrote the senators, who concluded their letter with a list of specific questions intended to shed light on the startling accusations in the media reports. “Negligent treatment of sensitive U.S. military technology, including the possible violation of important restrictions on third party use, could further destabilize the region, endanger U.S. personnel and worsen the suffering of ordinary Yemenis by intensifying the fighting and making a peaceful political solution for Yemen more difficult to reach.”
Joining Menendez in signing the letter were senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
The text of the letter can be found here and below:
Dear Secretaries Pompeo and Shanahan:
We write to express our deep concern over recent media reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have transferred U.S. origin weapons, including small arms, anti-tank missiles and armored vehicles to armed Yemeni groups that include affiliates of al Qaeda fighters and hardline Salafi militias. UAE officials recently acknowledged to Congressional staff that at least some of the reported transfers did in fact occur, and claimed that U.S. officials were aware of these transfers. Such transfers are almost certainly in direct violation of sales agreements made between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and a violation of Section 3 of the Arms Export Control Act. They may also contravene certifications made to Congress that such transfers would not take place. We are further concerned that, according to the reports, some of these weapons and vehicles may have been captured by Iran-backed Houthi forces, potentially giving Iran and its proxies like the Houthis and Hezbollah access to sensitive U.S. military technology.
Negligent treatment of sensitive U.S. military technology, including the possible violation of important restrictions on third party use, could further destabilize the region, endanger U.S. personnel and worsen the suffering of ordinary Yemenis by intensifying the fighting and making a peaceful political solution for Yemen more difficult to reach. We expect vital security partners like Saudi Arabia and the UAE to show due care with respect to protecting transfers of sensitive U.S. military technology.
To maintain critical cooperation with these partners in pursuit of shared interests across the region, we must ensure compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. To that end, we request a briefing by senior officials who are fully knowledgeable on these matters and are prepared to address the following has soon as reasonably possible, but no later than March 4, on the following:
- The amount and types of U.S. military equipment that may have been transferred or lost by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to armed groups in Yemen and the identity of those armed groups;
- The amount and types of U.S. military equipment that may remain in the possession of armed groups in Yemen and the identity of those groups;
- The amount and types of U.S. military equipment that may have been captured by Houthi forces, along with the likelihood and implications of Iranian access to them;
- Which officials in the U.S. government were made aware of these transfers and when;
- The efforts, if any, being made by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and the UAE to recover such lost or transferred equipment and the amount of equipment recovered so far;
- If there are grounds to believe that such equipment may have been transferred in violation of agreements with the U.S., and the extent to which Saudi Arabia and the UAE were made aware that such transfers violate the terms of sale for this equipment; and
- Steps being taken to ensure that inappropriate transfers or losses do not happen in the future, including the results and status of any investigations undertaken by the Department of State and Department of Defense concerning these allegations.
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