Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead
Philip Weiss, MondoWeiss, Jun 27 2016
Have you had an espresso yet today? Have you had a drink? Make that a double! Brace yourself for the news over the weekend from the Democratic Platform Committee. The platform this year will be even worse than previous platforms on Palestine. That’s how things look, despite the insurgent anti-Bibi campaign of Bernie Sanders: there is no occupation, and no settlements either. Jayloomia forever, and death to BDS. The party belongs to Hillary Clinton. This is the JPost’s report:
The Democrat Party plans to declare in its platform opposition to the BDS movement, a top priority for Hillary Clinton, the JPost has learned. In a detailed briefing on the platform’s language exclusive to the JPost, the Democrats would declare that Palestinians “should be free to govern themselves in their own viable state, in peace and in dignity.”… Those on the committee appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been lobbying for reference to Israel’s “occupation” and its “settlement activity” in the West Bank. Neither term ultimately made it into the language, although future negotiations are possible in Orlando and in Philadelphia, where the convention will be held later in July.
Remember that Hillary Clinton has pledged two or three times now, last year in a letter to Haim Saban, one of her biggest donors, and in a slavish performance channelling Bibi at AIPAC this spring, and at the Saban Forum last December too, to fight BDS tooth and nail. This is evidently essential work to raising money on the Dem side and also recruiting neocon establishment support. Oh and the plank that so divided the convention in 2012 leading to uproar on the floor and a smashdown from Obama:
Utilizing similar language from its 2008 and 2012 platforms, the party once again recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and states that, while the city should remain undivided, its final status should be left to direct negotiations between Isro/Pal.
Common Dreams (below) says the platform as drafted is a broad betrayal of progressives. Though it will be revisited by the committee next month in Orlando and then again at the convention in Philadelphia, it is conservative on climate change, fracking and trade.
During a 9-hour meeting in St Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC’s platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded.
Common Dreams cites the AP report of the meeting, in which the final discussion “centred on the Isro-Pal conflict”:
The committee defeated an amendment by Sanders supporter James Zogby that would have called for providing Palestinians with “an end to occupation and illegal settlements” and urged an international effort to rebuild Gaza. [The platform] advocates working toward a “two-state solution of the Isro-Pal conflict” that guarantees Israel’s security with recognized borders “and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity.”
Citing these “moral failures” of the platform draft, [Sanders surrogate Cornel] West abstained during the final vote to send the document to review by the full Platform Committee next month in Orlando, Florida. So Bernie was a flash in the pan. What will his legions of young supporters, many of whom are very progressive on Palestine, and were actually shocked by the AIPAC speech, by its grim grasping algorithm of policy/donations, have to say about this in Philadelphia? It appears that Clinton knows she can get away with this, and is prepared to live with some muffled stifled drowned cries at the convention as she sails toward the general.
Betraying Progressives, DNC Platform Backs Fracking, TPP, and Israel Occupation
Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, Jun 27 2016
Despite its claims to want to unify voters ahead of November’s election, the Democratic party appears to be pushing for an agenda that critics say ignores basic progressive policies, “staying true” to their Corporate donors above all else. During a 9-hour meeting in St Louis, Missouri on Friday, members of the DNC’s platform drafting committee voted down a number of measures proposed by Bernie Sanders surrogates that would have come out against the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fracking, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. At the same time, proposals to support a carbon tax, Single Payer healthcare, and a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation were also disregarded. In a statement Sanders said he was “disappointed and dismayed” that representatives of Hillary Clinton and DNC chair Wasserman Schulz rejected the proposal on trade put forth by Sanders appointee Keith Ellison, despite the fact that the presumed nominee has herself come out against the 12-nation deal. “Inexplicable” was how Sanders described the move, adding:
It is hard for me to understand why Secretary Clinton’s delegates won’t stand behind Secretary Clinton’s positions in the party’s platform.
The panel also rejected amendments suggested by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, another Sanders pick, that would have imposed a carbon tax, declared a national moratorium on fracking as well as new fossil fuel drilling leases on federal lands and waters. McKibben stated during the marathon debate:
This is not a political problem of the sort that we are used to dealing with. Most political problems yield well to the formula that we’ve kept adopting on thing after thing: compromise, we’ll go halfway, we’ll get part of this done. That’s because most political problems are really between different groups of people. They’re between industry and environmentalists. That is not the case here.
Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola noted:
Former Federal Rep Howard Berman; Pindosi Federation of State, County, and Muncipal Employees executive assistant to the president Paul Booth; former White House Energy and Climate Change Policy director Carol Browner; Ohio State Rep Alicia Reece; former State Dept official Wendy Sherman; and Center for Pindosi Progress President Neera Tanden all raised their hands to prevent a moratorium (on fracking & drilling) from becoming a part of the platform.
According to Gosztola’s reporting on the exchange, Cornel West lambasted the aforementioned panel members, particularly Browner, for “endorsing reform incrementalism” in the face of an urgent planetary crisis. West said:
When you’re on the edge of the abyss or when you’re on that stove, to use the language of Malcolm X, you don’t use the language of incrementalism. It hurts, and the species is hurting.
Other progressive policies were adopted piecemeal, such as the $15 minimum wage, which the committee accepted but without the amendment put forth by Ellison that would have indexed the wage to inflation. The panel did vote unanimously to back a proposal to abolish the death penalty, and adopted language calling for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and enacting a modern-day Glass-Steagall Act, measures that Sanders said he was “pleased” about. According to AP, the final discussion “centered on the Isro-Pal conflict.”
The committee defeated an amendment by Sanders supporter James Zogby that would have called for providing Palestinians with “an end to occupation and illegal settlements” and urged an international effort to rebuild Gaza. [The platform] advocates working toward a “two-state solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict” that guarantees Israel’s security with recognized borders “and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity.”
Citing these “moral failures” of the platform draft, [Sanders surrogate Cornel] West abstained during the final vote to send the document to review by the full Platform Committee next month in Orlando, Florida. West declared before the assembly:
If we can’t say a word about TPP, if we can’t talk about Medicare-for-All explicitly, if the greatest prophetic voice dealing with pending ecological catastrophe can hardly win a vote, and if we can’t even acknowledge the occupation … it seems there is no way in good conscience I can say, ‘Take it to the next stage. I wasn’t raised like that. I have to abstain. I have no other moral option. It would be a violation of my own limited sense of moral integrity and spiritual conscience. That’s how I roll.