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As occupation enters its 50th year, draft Democratic platform won’t say the word

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The report is that Bernie Sanders just won a string of concessions from the Hillary Clinton camp on the 2016 party platform. Wall Street reform, banking reform, regulations on hedge funds, criminal justice reform, greater opposition to the death penalty, and let’s fight for a $15 minimum wage. Sanders is “winning some big victories,” says Greg Sargent in the Washington Post: “it looks as if this process is going better for progressives and Bernie supporters than previously suggested.”

But guess what’s not in the concessions? Where are Clinton’s redlines? You guessed it. Vox says the sticking points are Trans Pacific Partnership, stronger measures to slow global warming, and Israel Palestine.

Earlier in negotiations, the party rejected an amendment from [James] Zogby that would have called on an end to Israel’s “occupation and illegal settlements” in Palestine, according to the Associated Press. That fight symbolizes a clear divide between Sanders and Clinton, who is generally viewed as much more pro-Israel.

Here’s that draft as of July 1. Notice how supportive it is of Israel. Not a word of criticism. Jerusalem is the capital forever. And Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is wicked– and anti-democratic.

A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism. That is why we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.

We will continue to work toward a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiated directly by the parties that guarantees Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity. While Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations, it should remain the capital of Israel, an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement. Palestinians should be free to govern themselves in their own viable state, in peace and dignity.

And look at the bellicose language on Iran:

Democrats will also address the detrimental role Iran plays in the region and will robustly enforce and, if necessary, strengthen non-nuclear sanctions. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. It violates the human rights of its population, denies the Holocaust, vows to eliminate Israel, and has its fingerprints on almost every conflict in the Middle East. Democrats will push back against Iran’s destabilizing activities including its support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, counter Iran’s ballistic missile program, bolster the capabilities of our Gulf partners, and ensure that Israel always has the ability to defend itself.

Sargent says that the concessions suggest that Sanders will end up endorsing Clinton vigorously and will thus minimize discord in the party. How much do Democratic progressives care about Palestine? is the question. The party leaders want to say that Palestinian solidarity is a marginal fringe, and hint-hint, it’s anti-Semitic. And meantime, Israel and the U.S. share “common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.” That is simply a lie.

How long can a liberal American party maintain this obduracy? We have no idea; but movements are about… moving societies. Count on us.

16 Responses

  1. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    July 2, 2016, 3:18 pm

    Saudi Arabia is the leading State sponsor of terrorism in the region, by supplying funding, indoctrination and recruits. Turkey and Qatar are close competitors — Turkey, by facilitating the transportation of weapons and recruits through its territories and Qatar, through funding and propaganda.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      July 2, 2016, 5:56 pm

      “Terrorism” refers primarily to forces that threaten Israel, i.e., Hamas and Hizbollah. Threats to the US, Europe, India etc. are much less important.

      They automatically regurgitate the same old propaganda. Did they fail to notice that President Rouhani has recognized the Holocaust?

  2. lysias
    lysias
    July 2, 2016, 6:24 pm

    OT, the charlatan Elie Wiesel, who was so slow to recognize the genocide of the Armenians and I don’t think ever recognized the genocide of the Gypsies, has died. Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and memory keeper of the Holocaust, dies at 87. The death was announced by a statement from Netanyahu.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      July 2, 2016, 7:01 pm

      Any guess at how much of the next month is going to be dedicated in the MSM to his hagiographies?

      • lysias
        lysias
        July 2, 2016, 9:22 pm

        My comment to the WaPo story, which comment called him a charlatan, has been deleted. There are now plenty of other comments which amount to hagiographies.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        July 3, 2016, 10:29 am

        @ Rusty Pipes “Any guess at how much of the next month is going to be dedicated in the MSM to his hagiographies?”

        All month? Oh no! I’ve already had my fill. The contrast between the “reality” portrayed by the MSM (and by the man himself), and the reality I perceive is so vast.

        I wonder when the U.S. will support, enable, and praise comparable efforts to prosecute aging Israeli perpetrators of terror and crimes against humanity (which term I use as a layman, not to invite hasbaristic legalisms).

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        July 3, 2016, 10:33 am

        >lysias, “My comment to the WaPo story, which comment called him a charlatan, has been deleted”

        Not surprising, but good that you made the effort, and let us know about the result.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        July 3, 2016, 2:09 pm

        Boomer,

        I suppose I won’t report on the parallel effort I made in MW. Likewise hardly surprising.

  3. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 2, 2016, 7:03 pm

    The indisputable facts in this article are clear evidence of the corrupt grip Israeli war fanatics have on the majority of America’s politicians. That these facts are not discussed at all in the mainstream media is clear evidence of that control extending to the media as well. America is in dire trouble.

    A brief history of how this control was achieved is online in “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.

    • Boomer
      Boomer
      July 3, 2016, 10:38 am

      On the other hand, I’ve seen discussion of Trump’s “Star of David” tweet on WaPo and NBC. I wonder if it was a Freudian slip by a Trump-supporting staffer, a deliberate plant by a Clinton mole in his organization, or a deliberate choice to inject the issue.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        July 3, 2016, 6:03 pm

        Interesting questions. It seems to me Hillary and her Zionist donors would want to avoid bringing any attention to this subject.

        Will any mainstream news outlets report the simple FACTS about this case? That would include how much money Hillary has received from explicit Israel supporters, and what policy positions she shares with them. Currently, this would definitely include the BDS issue. It would include the changes the Israelis want in U.S. law, and the settled U.S. law on politically motivated economic boycotts as expressions of free speech. It would also include any Israeli donations to any politicians pushing Israel’s desired changes in U.S. law. These would be the obvious elements in any decent news report on the issue.

        If I had to bet money, I’d bet NOT ONE major American news outlet will give the American people the simple facts of the case.

        Which raises the question – if a trope is true is it still a trope?

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        July 4, 2016, 7:43 am

        @JWalters: “– if a trope is true is it still a trope?” Good question, but in this case, politically incorrect.

        This morning I heard a reference to this tweet on NPR. The discussion then moved on to assure listeners that no charges against Mrs. Clinton are likely. It seems that this is an obligatory statement on NPR whenever her private email server is mentioned. Sometimes the speaker merely asserts it as fact, in other cases it is attributed to unidentified “sources” or “lawyers.” I doubt that the career people in the FBI are talking to reporters, so it seems likely that such comments come from political spinners. This isn’t related to your point, except as another example of how our media can catapult the propaganda.

      • just
        just
        July 5, 2016, 11:39 am

        ta-da!

        “FBI director recommends ‘no charges’ after ending Clinton email investigation

        James Comey criticises ‘reckless and careless’ way in which emails were handled on Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state

        … “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes … our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” said Comey.

        Critically, the FBI said that other similar cases in which a prosecution had been sought involved evidence “willful or intentional” breaches of the rules, “vast quantities” of data or “indications of disloyalty or efforts to obstruct justice”. “We do not see that here,” he said.”

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/05/fbi-no-charges-hillary-clinton-email-investigation

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        July 13, 2016, 4:01 pm

        @ just, “FBI director recommends ‘no charges’ after ending Clinton email investigation”

        Would the government lie about such matters?

        http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/13/technology/china-fdic-hack/index.html

  4. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    July 2, 2016, 9:38 pm

    Dear Ms. Wasserman-Schultz & Clinton,

    In the interest of justice and peace in the Middle East, I suggest the following modifications to the 2016 Democratic Party Platform –
     
    A strong and secure Israel is vital to an influential constituency in the United States, because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism they contribute large sums of money to the Democratic party and our campaign(s) at many levels of government. That is why we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge so they can attack and destroy defenseless people, who are unlike them, (and us), and oppose any effort to de-legitimize Israel [she does that just fine by herself!].
    We will continue to work toward a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiated directly by the parties that guarantees Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides guarantees the Palestinian’s with independence, sovereignty, and dignity a future as a secure and democratic state.
    While Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations, it should remain the capital of Israel, an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. must be recognized as a  corpus separatum, or a “separated body” with a special legal and political status, administered by the United Nations, as specified in UN Resolution 181
    Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement. Palestinians should be free to govern themselves in their own viable state, in peace and dignity deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement.
    Hope this helps.

    Yours truly,
    lonely rico

    L. Rico

  5. Kay24
    Kay24
    July 3, 2016, 10:54 am

    Until the American Congress, politicians, White House, media, and other institutions, are released from the burden of zionism, the word occupation will never be uttered, nor challenged by American leaders. This is the state of our union.

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