Green Party candidate for president endorses BDS

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Dr. Jill Stein is running for president as a member of the Green Party. Yesterday her campaign released the following statement on US Foreign Policy, Palestine-Israel, and BDS:

The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support for governments committing war crimes and massive human rights violations, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

It supports the BDS movement as a peaceful, nonviolent set of actions organized by civil society across the world aimed to end Israeli apartheid, occupation, war crimes, and systematic human rights abuses.

US foreign policy requires an emergency overhaul, from a program of total global military and economic domination, to a policy promoting international law, human rights and diplomacy. We must cease and desist from being, in the words of Martin Luther King, the greatest purveyor of violence world over. Our foreign policy currently serves war profiteers and fossil fuel companies, but not the American people or the cause of global justice, peace and security. Our failed wars of the past 14 years have cost us 5 trillion dollars, left over a million people dead in Iraq alone, and killed or maimed tens of thousands of US service men and women. Yet we – and the Middle East – are far less secure, not more secure.

In addition to ending our catastrophic and immoral wars for oil and markets, we must stop aiding and abetting the human rights violations and war crimes of our allies who are also massively defying international law. This includes the Israeli government and the rulers of Saudi Arabia.

With regard to Israel, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, demolitions, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace and human rights within Palestine and Israel, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights.

Therefore, the Stein campaign calls for ending military and economic support for the Israeli government while it is committing war crimes and defying international law.

In addition, the Stein campaign supports actions of nonviolent resistance to the policies of the occupation and of the Israeli apartheid regime, including those of the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was endorsed by the Green Party of the United States in 2005 and is supported by thousands of civil society peace activists and organizations.

Consistency in U.S. policy regarding human rights and international law will begin, but not end, with Palestine and Israel. I will apply this same approach to other nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt, among others.

Finally, we call for establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of US support of human rights and international law violations to one based on justice and truth bringing all parties together as equals to seek workable solutions. A dedicated commitment to justice will further the security of all parties, Palestinians, Israelis, and all people in the region, much better than the current policies of politically, economically and militarily supporting the systemic and institutionalized abuse of one side against the other.

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14 Responses

  1. Kay24
    June 7, 2016, 10:52 am

    Since she has called for boycotts of both Saudi Arabia AND Israel, I guess no one can accuse her of being anti-semitic, or a self hater who hates Arabs heh, but the usual whiners will find a way.

    It is a shame she has not got the publicity she deserves, she seems sane among the present lot of crazies vying for the Presidency.

  2. pabelmont
    June 7, 2016, 11:08 am

    Wow! Bernie, listen up! This is far more powerful than anything on this subject I’ve heard (but was I listening) from Bernie.

    This year is a revolutionary election year: Clinton is female (which is revolutionary) but otherwise (as I see it) a straightforward corporatist-oligarchist politician. Trump is very wild and revolutionary against the Republicans and much else American. Sanders revolutionarily rejects the corporatist-oligarchic (post Eisenhauer) manner of USA’s governance. Jill Stein (Green) is (as we see here) a human-rights revolutionary.

    And there is global warming climate change (GWCC) to oppose (revolutionary !!) or to fail to oppose (corporatist-oligarchic as matters stand today).

    Long live the revolutions!

    • Mooser
      June 7, 2016, 11:45 am

      “Trump is very wild and revolutionary…”

      Last year, and just again, for this year Trump has claimed a NY tax-emption reserved for those making under $500,000 a year. See “Talking Points Memo.”

  3. Citizen
    June 7, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Too bad 99% of US voters have never even heard of Jill Stein.

  4. John O
    June 7, 2016, 1:08 pm

    Dear Dr Jill

    If you don’t win the presidency, would you like to try your hand over here in the UK? We could do with a second Green Party MP.

  5. lonely rico
    June 7, 2016, 5:49 pm

    Every progressive American should vote for this oh so sane woman.

    With regard to Israel, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, demolitions, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace and human rights within Palestine and Israel, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights.

    Therefore, the Stein campaign calls for ending military and economic support for the Israeli government while it is committing war crimes and defying international law.

    Can you imagine what it would be like to have Jill Stein as the first female president of the USA ?

    WOW !

    • Citizen
      June 8, 2016, 5:58 am

      Yes, she would be a great president.

      • Mooser
        June 8, 2016, 7:57 pm

        I like her. Much to be preferred to Ms. Hath-no-fury-like.

  6. silamcuz
    June 8, 2016, 9:01 am

    Ugh, why tough love? I would think love, any form of it, would be reserved to those who are capable in some form of appreciating it, like troubled kids. Israel is not troubled, it is trouble, and the best way to deal with such entities is complete estrangement.

  7. Ossinev
    June 8, 2016, 11:36 am

    Just when you have the bought and bent NY Governer Cuomo pleasuring the Elders and introducing his McCarthyite anti -BDS executive order(are you now or have you ever been a supporter of Palestinian rights ! ) and you despair of American values you are reminded that there are honest moral and courageous Americans (in this case an American Jew) who are prepared to stand up to and condemn JSIL and all that it has done and continues to do in the name of “Judaism”.

    As John O says if she doesn`t win the Presidency she would be very welcome here in the UK both as a Green campaigner and someone who would take on the JSIL Firsters who pollute both the main stream parties here.

  8. genesto
    June 8, 2016, 11:50 am

    Jill Stein has asked Bernie to join the Presidential race. If the anti-Trump Republicans split and support an independent candidate, as Bill Kristol is urging them to do, it would make sense for Bernie to become the Green Party candidate with Jill as his Vice President. He would likely have the best chance of winning among the then 4 candidates. However, if Bernie doesn’t run as an independent, we all need to support Jill here in California, where our vote will not really affect the outcome one way or another (the Democrat will win by a huge margin).

  9. Theo
    June 11, 2016, 11:52 am

    It is a pity, however in the USA a third political party will never have a chance. Here money runs politics, (to think of it, the same all over the world), and the billionairs and multi-millionairs are satisfied with what their money can buy, so why should they finance another party?
    Did Sanders discover Dr. Steiner earlier, together they just may made it to the WH, now we will have either Trump or Hillary.

  10. echinococcus
    June 11, 2016, 3:55 pm

    “Did Sanders discover Dr. Steiner earlier, together they just may made it to the WH, now we will have either Trump or Hillary.”

    Theo,

    Are you suggesting that Dr. Stein is an imperialist and warmonger like Sanders, or that the discovery of the former would have convinced Sanders not to run to pull back voters into the so-called Democrat fold, or even that Sanders didn’t even know he was running for the so-called Democrats?

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