Mass Dems move to kill anti-settlement resolution, amid fears of BDS and ‘exodus from party’

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The political news from Boston is inevitable but tragic; it shows why the Israel Palestine conflict is lurching toward more bloodshed not less.

In Massachusetts, a group of activists pushed a mild resolution inside the Democratic Party saying that “Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace.” And the resolution got killed in a subcommittee, under pressure from the donor class. This portends more bloodshed over there, because when supporters of Palestinian rights in the west undertake the mildest gestures of public solidarity, they are quashed by the establishment, which fears any threat to the brutal status quo in Palestine.

Joshua Miller reports in the Boston Globe:

After fierce backlash from state party leaders, Massachusetts Democrats are moving to formally kill a provocative proposal for the state committee to declare opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank without specifically mentioning Palestinian violence.

A party subcommittee voted over the weekend to recommend that the full Democratic State Committee table the resolution at a meeting on April 29.

The Jewish establishment put its foot down, warning about a breakup of the Democratic Party’s coalition.

Top leaders, including former state and national party chairman Steve Grossman, said the resolution was starkly unbalanced and could lead to an exodus from the party.

And a powerful local Jewish group, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said “by offering a one-dimensional response to a multidimensional problem, the resolution is a failed opportunity to offer constructive guidance on how to achieve peace.”

This shows you once again that the pressure of the Israel lobby in the Democratic Party has nothing to do with Christian Zionists and everything to do with the “Jewish establishment.” Why Bernie Sanders’s opposition to the occupation is heroic even though it’s lukewarm. Why Hillary Clinton led a similar effort to white out any reference to the occupation in the party platform last summer, as Cornel West said the party was in AIPAC’s pocket.

And it shows you why the revolution that #IfNotNow is leading against the Jewish establishment at the 50th anniversary of the occupation is, er, pathetic, even if it is inspiring. The Jewish resistance has had no effect yet on the recalcitrant refractory Jewish donor class. There aren’t enough Jewish insurgents at this point to frighten the Mass Democrats.

Miller reports that in the wake of the setback, there’s “blowback” from the resolution’s supporters. A couple express bitterness over the party’s inability to engage this issue. But Steve Grossman, the treasurer/AIPAC leader, is doing an endzone dance. Notice that he invokes the “progressive tradition.”

“I believe the subcommittee acted wisely because they saw the resolution as deeply divisive,” Grossman said Monday. “The Democratic Party and its activists need to be unified to fight the Trump agenda that threatens our progressive tradition.”

Also happy with the subcommittee’s move was James Segel, a former state representative and aide to Barney Frank, who had offered alternative language to the resolution he felt was more balanced.

“This is an issue that has eluded world leaders for 50 years, so for the Democratic State Committee to get involved in it takes a lot of hubris in the first place,” Segel said Monday. “But if they do, people should study it and have been there.”

As if the U.S. has ever stayed out of the Israel Palestine conflict.

Miller gives the context for the resolution– BDS.

The proposed resolution is primarily about Israeli settlements. But the debate about it comes as the so-called boycott, divestment, and sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel has gained ground on college campuses and in certain parts of the Democratic Party….

Remember Hillary Clinton pledged Haim Saban that she’d fight BDS, even as her campaign foundered.

Notice the fear of BDS:

Opponents say BDS is an effort to undermine Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state, and that it unfairly places responsibility solely on Israel for a complex conflict.

Complex? For 70 years Palestinians have been promised a state by the world. For 70 years they’ve gotten occupation and Jim Crow. Desperate young people sacrifice their lives to stab occupying soldiers. The world calls them terrorists.

(In Boston, no less, where we celebrate the heroic status of a humble freedom-fighter, Crispus Attucks.)

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  1. eljay
    April 25, 2017, 12:58 pm

    … Opponents say BDS is an effort to undermine Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state …

    Israel has no right to exist as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

    … and that it unfairly places responsibility solely on Israel for a complex conflict. …

    It’s totally unreasonable, just like placing responsibility solely on the rapist for the complex conflict in his basement dungeon.

    Aggressor-victimhood is a tough gig… :-(

  2. amigo
    April 25, 2017, 1:00 pm

    So , the Illegal settlements are justified because of Palestinian violence , (resistance to land theft ).

    Only the twisted mind of a zionist could come up with this nonsense.

    “Your Honour , I kept taking over more of my neighbours property because he kept trying to evict me from it and continually harassed me.He refuses to allow me to live in peace and security and it is because I am Jewish.I was raised to fight antisemitism , wherever I found it.”.

    Your Honour , I am the victim here. There is no reason why my annexation of his property should be an obstacle to reaching peace between us.

  3. yourstruly
    April 25, 2017, 1:40 pm

    open up

    Israel’s occupation of Palestine?
    too complex for one to decide?
    on whose side?
    the Palestinian’s or the Israeli’s?
    nonsense
    cause ain’t nothing complicated about slavery

    • Mooser
      April 25, 2017, 5:39 pm

      “too complex for one to decide?”

      “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Too Complicated For Our Beautiful Minds” from 2008.

      • helen4yemen
        April 26, 2017, 5:47 pm

        Why don’t you tell me in your own words what European Jewry’s claim to Palestine is based on?

      • yonah fredman
        April 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

        1. Recognition by league of nations and United nations.
        2. When one makes a claim, there is an internal aspect. We love jerusalem. We claim jerusalem. I realize you want me to back up this claim. It is necessary in your eyes. But to me that is merely practical. ( to me it need not be exclusive. Hardly. Jerusalem without the Palestinians is not jerusalem. But it is also mine.)
        3. We claim the land by the history that has brought us to this point in time.
        Jerusalem predates judaism. But judaism predates islam and it is effrontery for people who claim to follow Muhammad to speak disrespectfully of judaism. ( specifically the Jewish connection to jerusalem and accepting Jewish converts to be part of the moses covenant and all that entails, which includes a connection with the land.)

      • Mooser
        April 27, 2017, 10:46 am

        “We claim”

        Who is “we” “Yonah”? But let it pass.

        “Yonah” you can claim it all you want. But what makes you think a disappearing religion which has only, and exclusively the mild persuasion that religious volunteerism can provide as a hold over Jews, will have the power and resources to hold it?

        “Yonah” you constantly predicate holding on to Jerusalem, and indeed Palestine by the strength of the Jewish will. That’ll be a triumph.

      • Talkback
        April 27, 2017, 11:35 am

        yonah freedman: “1.) … 2.)… 3.)”

        To put it short: The right of Jews do deny Nonjews the right to self determination.

      • oldgeezer
        May 3, 2017, 11:28 am

        @yonah

        “it is effrontery for people who claim to follow Muhammad to speak disrespectfully of judaism. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/settlement-resolution-exodus/#comment-176716

        Yes…. Your sensibilities are paramount. The lesser people need to know their place.

        Geeze…. What an arrogant work of art you are.

      • Mooser
        May 3, 2017, 12:45 pm

        “Yes…. Your sensibilities are paramount. The lesser people need to know their place.
        Geeze…. What an arrogant work of art you are.”

        “oldgeezer” don’t you recognize sheer, unmitigated terror trying to hide under a thin false bravado or an assumption of superiority when you see it?

  4. lonely rico
    April 25, 2017, 2:07 pm

    > Steve Grossman
    … the resolution was unbalanced and could lead to an exodus from the party.

    Sounds like a positive development. Progressives would move back into the Democratic Party and stop wasting time protecting Israel’s very non-progressive ass.

  5. hophmi
    April 25, 2017, 2:25 pm

    “Desperate young people sacrifice their lives to stab occupying soldiers. ”

    Oh please. They’re stabbing civilians in addition to soldiers.

    • inbound39
      April 25, 2017, 5:29 pm

      Footage shows the IDF placing knives beside alleged Palestinian terrorists after being shot dead or no knife exists.

  6. jake41
    April 25, 2017, 3:43 pm

    > Steve Grossman
    … the resolution was unbalanced and could lead to an exodus from the party –

    As a prior donor, I can no support the Democratic Party.

  7. Keith
    April 25, 2017, 5:24 pm

    What do you all expect? We live in a plutocratic corporate/financial global empire where money rules, which is currently seeking unopposed global hegemony and which is attacking any perceived threat to its global aspirations. To respond to citizen desires would provide hope and encouragement and set a bad example. The Lords of capital are made of sterner stuff. Uppity folks need to be taught a lesson. And things are going to get worse.

  8. lyn117
    April 25, 2017, 5:45 pm

    If there was an exodus of party leadership, it might not be a bad thing. The leadership got Trump elected.

  9. Kathleen
    April 25, 2017, 6:58 pm

    Hello Steve Grosman..the West Bank ever expanding settlements are “starkly unbalanced” illegal, immoral and completely against international agreements and law. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    The JCRelations organization is in complete and destructive denial about the facts. The settlements are illegal…against international law…which of course does not apply to Israel in their books.

  10. Kathleen
    April 25, 2017, 10:24 pm

    Just another strong indicator that BDS will continue to grow. More proof that Palestinians will never have their own state…..One person, one vote, one state…only answer

    • echinococcus
      April 26, 2017, 5:51 pm

      Kathleen,

      How generous we are with the Palestinians’ rights. Let’s see first if the general population of Palestinians agrees to give a vote to colonial invaders. Or a right to be there.

  11. James Canning
    April 26, 2017, 1:36 pm

    How pathetic! Israeli occupation of the West Bank cannot be without end. Period.

    • echinococcus
      April 26, 2017, 5:49 pm

      Canning,

      I don’t think they want it endless. Thousand years should be OK for liberal Zionists.

  12. Ossinev
    April 27, 2017, 7:46 am

    @Yonah Fredman
    ” We claim the land by the history that has brought us to this point in time. Jerusalem predates judaism. But judaism predates islam and it is effrontery for people who claim to follow Muhammad to speak disrespectfully of judaism. ( specifically the Jewish connection to jerusalem and accepting Jewish converts to be part of the moses covenant and all that entails, which includes a connection with the land”

    You patently have no idea just how arrogant , nonsensical and out of touch with reality this statement is but then self brainwashing does produce serious disconnect. International Law , Geneva Conventions , United Nations all irrelevant . Moses Covenant – ah yes now we are talking the real legal deal and “all that entails”.

    And Zionist “logic” never fails to amaze and amuse. It`s as if evolution , moon landings smartphones etc are all incidental in the Zio scheme of things. What really matters and what really applies is some sort of fairy tale “covenant” articulated by a fairy tale figure.

    Just a reminder Yonah. The year is 2017 AD not 1500 BC (apologies if the BC sounds A/S)

    • Theo
      April 27, 2017, 10:42 am

      God was once in the real estate business and gave that piece of land to the hebrew tribes, forgetting that he gave previously the same Land to other peoples!!! Following up on that logic God also gave other peoples a piece of land someplace, and can you imagine the chaos if all nations suddenly wanted to go back to the location where they lived 3,000 years ago? Besides, these invadors are not even hebrews, they are converts to Judaism, mostly from the Caucasus area and the daughters of Trumps, Clintons and Bidens!

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