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Day After Terror Attack, DNC Platform Members Attack Israel's “Occupation.”

- June 9, 2016

DNC Platform Committee Member James Zogby Calls Israel's Actions An "Occupation." JAMES ZOGBY: "Just three words I wanna ask you about. The first is the question of settlements. You mentioned unilateral actions should be avoided. Are settlements unilateral actions? Second you mentioned that Israel has a right to defend itself but would you agree or disagree that the self-defense has been disproportionate? And thirdly on the question of occupation. It has been recognized by every US administration that there is an occupation. And there are pieces of legislation circulating that sort of wanna rewrite that notion, much to the dismay and concern of people literally around the world. To sort of define a post 67' Israel. Which is a self a unilateral action taken by our congress that redefines the borders unilaterally. Would you not feel that is it more important to include the word occupation? Which our president, this current president has mentioned, and every previous president has mentioned. As a way of simply clarifying that to get to two states an occupation has to end?" ( DNC Platform Committee Meeting, Washington, DC, 06/09/16)

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DNC Platform Committee Member Cornel West Attacked Israel's "Occupation" Of Palestinians. CORNEL WEST: "As you know, I have very deep disagreements with you my brother, but I want to see where we can reach common ground, a higher ground. I think both of us can agree that a precious Palestinian baby in the West Bank has exactly the same value as a precious Jewish baby in Tel Aviv. And therefore when we talk about evenness at the moral and spiritual level, you come out of a rich Judaic tradition, I come out of a rich Christian tradition, we overlap in that regard. The real question is going to be a commitment to security for previous Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel can never be predicated on an occupation of precious Palestinians. If we're concerned about security it seems to me, we going to have to talk seriously about occupation. I don't know if you would allow the use of that word, you know the New York Times has got to put it in inverted commas, no occupation is real. It's concrete. But at the same time, how do we acknowledge Jewish people 2000 years hated, haunted, vicious contempt, pogroms, shoah, and so forth. Preoccupation with security - understandable. Palestinians, made in the image of God like anybody else, wrestling with occupation for 50-some years, demeaned, devalued, dominated, exploited. For too long, the Democratic Party has been beholden to AIPAC that didn't take seriously the humanity of Palestinian brothers and sisters. We're at a turning point now, and of course it's going to be a slow one in the Democratic Party, but some of us are going to be working outside the Democratic Party to make it quicker. That's why I support the BDS, not because I think it's anti-Semitic. We've got to fight anti-Semitism, anti-Jewish hatred. It goes hand in hand with every Christian civilization, every Islamic civilization. It's wrong. It's unjust, but that can't be the excuse or in any way downplaying the unbelievable misery we see in Gaza, the West Bank, and other places. So my first question would be, would you argue for the use of the word occupation in the platform? And two, how would you respond to those who say for so long the United States has been so biased toward Israeli security and not accented the humanity of Palestinians that to talk about evenhandedness is always a version of anti-Semitism as opposed to a struggle for justice." ( DNC Platform Committee Meeting, Washington, DC, 6/9/16)

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