Green Party candidate for President calls for end to Israeli apartheid

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Dr. Jill Stein, who recently clinched the Green Party nomination for President, demands:

…an end to the discriminatory apartheid policies within the state of Israel, the removal of the Separation Wall, a ban on assassination, movement toward denuclearization, the release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians….

As President I will put the full weight of the United States behind the establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of human rights violations to one based on trust and bringing all parties together to seek solutions. Any stakeholder who enters into this process must pledge to work for a solution that respects the rights of all involved.

Kudos!

49 Responses

  1. Today in Palestine
    May 16, 2012, 10:13 am

    I was planning on boycotting the next election, but, now I plan on voting for Jill.

    • Woody Tanaka
      May 16, 2012, 10:59 am

      I have to look at her other positions, but I’ve been favorable to the Greens and this is good stuff.

      • Citizen
        May 16, 2012, 4:15 pm

        The Wise Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate, On The Issues: link to j.mp

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 17, 2012, 10:06 am

        Thanks, Citizen. I appreciate it.

      • Daniel Rich
        May 18, 2012, 5:16 pm

        I’ll wait and see whether François Hollande let’s his [Judaic] religion prevail over being truthful to the cause of justice.

        In other words, I don’t care for what people promise to do. I only respect what they’ve done.

      • G. Seauton
        May 18, 2012, 9:17 pm

        “I’ll wait and see whether François Hollande let’s his [Judaic] religion prevail over being truthful….”

        Am I missing something? Am I just not getting the joke? Hollande is not Jewish.

  2. seanmcbride
    May 16, 2012, 10:19 am

    FINALLY — An American politician with some backbone.

    Every policy she advocates would be good for Israel and for American and other Diaspora Jews — not to mention good for the American interest and meritorious from the standpoint of the enlightened values and opinion of mankind.

    Which means that one can expect the Israeli government, the Israel lobby, Mossad, neoconservatives, Christian Zionists and the usual gang to work for the destruction of her political career with full force.

    • Newclench
      May 16, 2012, 10:33 am

      I think the folks you mention are perfectly fine with her political career. Do spread the word that supporters of Palestinian rights map well to Green Party voters. You think that will lead to more votes? Policy changes elsewhere?
      Anyone who wants to actually influence politics should be working to get more folks like Keith Ellison or Donna Edwards in office.
      The Green Party is the perfect home for folks who don’t want to have any power, because if they did, it would mean they have compromised their principles.

      • lysias
        May 16, 2012, 10:41 am

        The Green Party is the perfect home for folks who don’t want to have any power, because if they did, it would mean they have compromised their principles.

        You mean like the Syriza party in Greece?

      • Mooser
        May 18, 2012, 5:56 pm

        “The Green Party is the perfect home for folks who don’t want to have any power, because if they did, it would mean they have compromised their principles.”

        Another idiotic cliche from Newclench. I’ve been hearing that exact same crap from conservatives about anyone to the left of them since the 50s for Christ’s sake.

  3. Citizen
    May 16, 2012, 10:22 am

    Interesting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this information actually got in the news for the masses? Imagine the Green Party candidate getting on the nightly news! Will CSPAN put her on Washington Journal, at least?

    • pabelmont
      May 16, 2012, 10:49 am

      We will all wish to vote Green now, and wonder if our few votes could throw our state (mine is NY) to Romney. She will NOT be much heard. Jesse Jackson was heard at least a little. Sigh.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 16, 2012, 12:03 pm

        “We will all wish to vote Green now, and wonder if our few votes could throw our state (mine is NY) to Romney.”

        Which demonstrates the idiocy of the American election system (well, except for the wielders of power, to whom the problem is a feature, not a bug). But I optomistic that if there is a higher-than-expected Green vote in blue states, that a second-term Obama administration would move to the left. (Foolish hopes, perhaps, but given the reality, it’s all there is.)

      • Fredblogs
        May 17, 2012, 2:21 pm

        Well, an instant runoff would be better, but it would confuse so many people that it just isn’t worth it. Face it, even if a miracle occurred (or Diebold machines all went nuts) and a Green party President was elected, she’d have no support in congress.

      • lysias
        May 18, 2012, 5:22 pm

        The president can’t do that much domestically without Congress, but a president can do an awful lot all by himself in foreign relations and military matters. He (or she, I should add in this case) could certainly end our current wars for all practical purposes (by withdrawing troops and ending military operations) even if the two AUMF’s remain in effect as a matter of law.

  4. lysias
    May 16, 2012, 10:35 am

    A physician born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, married to fellow physician Richard Rohrer, and their two sons are named Ben and Noah. I’d be willing to bet that she’s Jewish.

    By the way, I think we should also have a truth commission here in the U.S. for our misdeeds during the so-called War on Terror. I was interested to read that former CIA executive Glenn Carle also calls for such a commission in his autobiographical book The Interrogator.

    • seanmcbride
      May 16, 2012, 10:54 am

      Lysias,

      Everything that has gone off the rails in American politics since 9/11 needs to be subject to an official commission that greatly exceeds in importance and scope the Watergate and Iran-Contra official investigations. And wrongdoers need to be held fully to account.

      • seanmcbride
        May 16, 2012, 11:20 am

        A few of the topics (among many) which such a commission would need to address in detail:

        1. 9/11 anthrax attacks
        2. AEI (American Enterprise Institute)
        3. Afghanistan War
        4. Alberto Gonzales
        5. all substantive open questions about 9/11
        6. assassinations
        7. CIA
        8. Curveball
        9. Defense Policy Board
        10. DHS
        11. Dick Cheney
        12. Donald Rumsfeld
        13. Douglas Feith
        14. George Tenet
        15. George W. Bush
        16. Global War on Terror
        17. Iraq War
        18. Joe Lieberman
        19. Judith Miller
        20. Military Commissions Act
        21. neoconservatives
        22. New York Times
        23. NORAD behavior on 9/11
        24. OSP (Office of Special Plans)
        25. Patriot Act
        26. Paul Wolfowitz
        27. PNAC (Project for the New American Century)
        28. Richard Perle
        29. torture and waterboarding
        30. TSA

    • eljay
      May 16, 2012, 11:53 am

      >> By the way, I think we should also have a truth commission here in the U.S. for our misdeeds during the so-called War on Terror.

      Yup. It smacks of more than just a little hypocrisy and exceptionalism to talk about “… shifting from an era of human rights violations to one based on trust …” and to point out how “… a dedicated commitment to justice …” is better than “… the current policies of supporting abuses and violence by one side against the other …” without binding the U.S. to the same shift and commitment.

      • Mooser
        May 18, 2012, 6:27 pm

        I would be satisfied if somebody explained why those two buildings exploded long after they were hit by jet planes. Did somebody leave the gas tap on?

    • American
      May 16, 2012, 2:24 pm

      ”I’d be willing to bet that she’s Jewish”…lysias

      Could be…we just need to be sure she’s a good Jew as opposed to zio Jew…lol.. nothing discriminatory about that, we would do the same on some christian candidate’s ideology that might influence his politics.
      She looks good to me, haven’t seen anything I don’t like about her or her positions.
      I’d vote for her, particulary if she made Roseanna Barr her VP running mate…seriously, I would ..and don’t ask me to explain my attraction to Roseann, I can’t explain it…lol.

      Jill Stein on Foreign Policy
      Former Green Challenger MA Governor

      Start holding all parties accountable in Israel/Palestine
      Q: What’s your stand on the Israel/Palestine conflict and US foreign policy more generally?
      A: Israel/Palestine is a microcosm of broader US foreign policy principles, and our foreign policy needs to come into harmony with principles of human rights, nonviolent conflict resolution and a respect for international law–which haven’t been there at all in Israel/Palestine and more globally. So, in Israel/Palestine, we need to start holding all parties accountable. All of the various factions responsible in Palestine and in Israel, for stopping human rights violations, so that assassinations are not accepted, so that apartheid is not accepted etc. We need to ask all parties to come up to the same standards of respect of human rights. We need to stop, in particular, being Israel’s enabler of being the more powerful prohibitor of human rights. Occupation is unacceptable.
      Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012

      US should behave as member of world community, no world cop
      Q: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, how much should the US listen to other countries? Are you a unilateralist or a multilateralist?
      A: On that scale, a multilateralist. We cannot afford to be the unilateral policemen of the world enforcing our own interest. We are a member of a very integrated world community and world economy and we need to behave accordingly.
      Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011
      Principle position, 4-Point “Green New Deal”
      Stein’s principles are directed towards voters of every political party and independents:
      The right to a job at a living wage.
      The transition to a sustainable, green economy.
      A financial sector serving Americans.
      Citizen empowerment.
      In Stein’s words: “We don’t need to run America like a business or like the military. We need to run America like a democracy

      link to indybay.org

      Green Party Presidential Forum (Sat 5/12):
      Roseanne Barr, Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay

      • seanmcbride
        May 16, 2012, 2:48 pm

        I know why I like Roseanne Barr: she keeps it real about everything, she’s smart, and she’s got guts and a big heart. What’s not to like?

        We’ve really got to get behind Jill Stein with as much support and enthusiasm as possible. Push her forward.

      • Citizen
        May 16, 2012, 3:45 pm

        Jill’s statement on Israel: link to jillstein.org

    • Citizen
      May 17, 2012, 2:03 pm

      lysias, being personally very familiar with Highland Park–I use to bike ride there every weekend for a number of years as I had a good work colleague who lived there–I’d say that would be a very good bet indeed.

  5. OlegR
    May 16, 2012, 10:46 am

    Talk is ohhh so cheap.

    • Fredblogs
      May 16, 2012, 3:15 pm

      Especially from the Green party candidate. I’m as likely to be the next U.S. president as she is, and I’m not even running.

  6. Bill in Maryland
    May 16, 2012, 10:47 am

    It would be so refreshing to have the Green Party included in the presidential debates in the fall, when the subject turned to Israel/ Palestine/ Middle East: live on stage Tweedledee (Obama), Tweedledum (Romney), and Dr. Stein.

  7. Les
    May 16, 2012, 11:03 am

    Now when people ask who I will be voting for, I can tell them Dr. Jill Stein. Thank you Matthew for the information which I shall be sharing across cyberspace.

  8. W.Jones
    May 16, 2012, 12:26 pm

    So that’s Ron Paul (independent right- libertarian) and Green Party (independent left- social democrat) disagree with Israeli policy.

    • Woody Tanaka
      May 16, 2012, 12:40 pm

      I think Ron Paul disagrees with US policy. He’s said Israel can do whatever it wants. The Green party wants to use US power to affect change in the oppression of the Palestinians. That’s a difference.

      • Mooser
        May 16, 2012, 2:09 pm

        Ron Paul is suspending his Presidential campaign, and has become again what he always was, just another Republican.

      • W.Jones
        May 16, 2012, 10:30 pm

        WT,

        Tentatively agreeing with what you have just said, I still think Ron Paul probably disagrees with G.O.I. policy.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 17, 2012, 10:08 am

        That very well may be so, but his assertion that he would do nothing, and that the GOI can do whatever it wants reminds me of Orwell’s statement during WWII that pacifism is objectively pro-fascist.

      • W.Jones
        May 18, 2012, 5:02 pm

        W.T.,

        Having in mind the example of German pacifists like Bonhoffer, I disagree that in WWII Pacifism is necessarily pro-fascist. If your government is playing a leading role in aggression, I doubt that pacifism is objectively supporting the aggression. Similarly, if your country is conquered, then I doubt that taking a pacifist form of resistance is supporting the conquest.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 18, 2012, 5:13 pm

        W.Jones:
        I believe Orwell was talking about English pacifists.

      • Citizen
        May 17, 2012, 2:10 pm

        That’s true, Woody–it is a difference, yet Ron Paul actually knows the history of the region, US involvement in it, including details justifying Iran’s stance re the US and Israel, and he has deplored US foreign policy there, most especially re the “special relation” with Israel. That does not equal Green Party pro-active stance to correct things by government commission but it goes a long way to correct them by government omission. Sometimes it’s a chicken or egg thing.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 18, 2012, 5:22 pm

        “That does not equal Green Party pro-active stance to correct things by government commission but it goes a long way to correct them by government omission. Sometimes it’s a chicken or egg thing.”

        Sorry, I disagree. It’s more a “the Green Party is willing to do things to stop it” and “Paul is willing to feel bad while he watches Israel do it” thing.

        He has the typical libertarian fetish about the government doing things that I think is absolute nonsense.

      • Citizen
        May 19, 2012, 5:19 am

        But the slippery slope theory is a practical one based on the ambiguity of human nature when it comes to power–Ron Paul might ask, “If intervention for humanitarian reasons is OK, whoever is in power at the moment gets to pick and choose the target(s) to help, those to ignore, yes?” You could have a Stein or a Bush Jr, or Obama or Mitt… Who is in positioned to stop intervention under false pretenses, or even where a humanitarian objective is blown up to balloon over more real nefarious objectives?

  9. DICKERSON3870
    May 16, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I expect to vote for Jill Stein and the Green Party in November. The only thing that might change this is if on election day my state (Georgia) appears to be up for grabs and the election at the national level is close. My assumption at this point is that Obama will not have a realistic chance of garnering Georgia’s electoral votes, thus leaving me free to vote for Stein.

    • seanmcbride
      May 16, 2012, 1:10 pm

      Jill Stein presents for many people a more palatable alternative for expressing disagreements with American Mideast policy than Ron Paul. (I myself am a progressive libertarian and like many of Jill Stein’s progressive policies on non-Mideast issues.)

    • sardelapasti
      May 16, 2012, 11:42 pm

      “The only thing that might change this is if on election day my state (Georgia) appears to be up for grabs and the election at the national level is close.”

      In which case you’ll vote “Democrat”, signing off on and becoming a willing accessory to crimes against humanity, war crimes, fascism at home, the abolition of the rule of law, and, oh, all of the Zionist crimes. Should we say “thank you”?

      • Fredblogs
        May 17, 2012, 2:17 pm

        You’d rather he vote for Mitt Romney? Signing off on (possibly) attacking Iran, far stronger support for Israel than Obama has provided, etc.?

      • DICKERSON3870
        May 19, 2012, 2:12 am

        RE: “Should we say ‘thank you’?” ~ sardelapasti

        MY COMMENT: You will not need to, because I’m certain the polls leading up to the election will show that Obama does not have a realistic chance of winning Georgia. Hence, I will be voting for Jill Stein.
        Oddly, this is one advantage I have by “virtue” of living in a Republican state like Georgia rather than a swing state like Florida!

  10. joec
    May 16, 2012, 4:06 pm

    “disarmament of non-state militias”

    Ahem. Let’s not forget that this would affect one party exclusively, removing every means of physical defense from the colonized, while leaving the colonizer unhindered.

    As for “put[ting] the full weight of the United States behind the establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission” and requiring “[a]ny stakeholder who enters into this process … [to] pledge to work for a solution that respects the rights of all involved,” I rather suspect that most Palestinians have had their fill of performing the proper genuflections to Uncle Sam. How about if he just takes his bombs, guns, planes, tanks, and endless supply of cash, and GTFOs?

    It’s all theoretical, of course, but as fantasyland politics goes, this is pretty lame. Give me a good old-fashioned Trot any day.

    • Citizen
      May 17, 2012, 2:23 pm

      joec, yeah, you make some solid points–also, it would be much more solid if, “the full weight of the United States” to be enlisted by Stein expressly included: “including sticks not only carrots, such as leveraging US foreign aid by making it conditional upon Israel’s withdrawing the settlements, and by ending tax exemptions for NGO’s that benefit those settlements in any way.” Ron Paul would cut foreign aid across the board, and he’s serious about cutting back spending on the Pentagon’s wars of “defense,” same as Stein.

  11. Annie Robbins
    May 16, 2012, 8:37 pm

    sweet!

  12. lysias
    May 17, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Dr. Jill Stein also calls for legalizing marijuana: Stein challenges Obama on marijuana policy (Apr. 22, 2012):

    In a speech to tens of thousands of marijuana reform advocates at the 420 rally in Denver, Colorado, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein took the Obama administration to task for its continuing assault on medical marijuana clinics in California, Colorado and other states.

    Dr. Stein, a physician and public health advocate, noted that hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain and cancers are benefiting from the availability of medical marijuana under state laws. She said that one of her first actions as President would be to “order the DEA and the Justice Department to cease and desist all attempts to harass or prosecute medical marijuana clinics or other legitimate marijuana-related businesses that are operating under state laws.”

    Stein advocates regulating marijuana in a similar way to alcohol, and has long supported legalization of that drug. According to Stein, this would prevent billions of dollars in profits from pouring into the black market, and would greatly reduce the violence associated with illegal marijuana sales. She feels it would also reduce underage marijuana use, as well as allowing the commercial operations to pay appropriate taxes, thus helping to balance budgets and fund programs to reduce drug abuse.

    Makes sense to me.

    • Mooser
      May 18, 2012, 6:32 pm

      “She feels it would also reduce underage marijuana use”

      What’s that? Lemme tell you, if I was an infant, I’d rather be doped with pot than laudanum or gin. And I don’t understand why school-age kids have to endure all that drudgery and bullying in school, but can’t join their parents in a joint when they get home?

  13. Keith
    May 17, 2012, 11:22 pm

    For quite a few years now, I have voted for the Green Party candidate for President because I believe that if you want real change you should vote for it. The sad truth is that most folks have continued to illogically vote for candidates representing the corporate oligarchs that are stiffing us and destroying the planet. Then they piss and moan about the politicians that THEY VOTED FOR. Or they didn’t vote signaling acquiescence. I believe that a citizen has an obligation to oppose injustice and stand up for human rights, peace and environmental sustainability. Nothing will ever change unless and until there is a revolt at the polls, and if the progressive candidate has no chance of winning then at least I have made one small statement of opposition to neoliberal globalization and to the catastrophe which will ensue. Of course I plan on voting for Jill Stein. A small gesture, perhaps, but at least a minimal demonstration of concern and integrity.

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