July 17-18, 2012 — Jill Stein, the Green Party, and Israeli influence peddling
Israel was never happy that the Green Party nominated former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as its presidential candidate in 2008. Irking Israel even more was the participation of McKinney in the June 2009 Gaza aid flotilla from Cyprus. The Israeli Navy boarded McKinney’s boat in international waters and held her in an Israeli prison in Ashdod for several days without any intervention by consular officials from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. McKinney was segregated from other Gaza aid flotilla prisoners and unceremoniously put in an prison cell with five Ethiopian economic refugees in a demonstration of Israel’s racist apartheid policies against Africans and African-Americans.
The Green Party continuedto irk Israel when, after Israel’s boarding of the Turkish vessel, the Mavi Marmara in 2010, the Green Party issued the following statement: “The Green Party of the United States has supported the Freedom Flotillas to Gaza, including the May 2010 fleet of humanitarian aid ships that were attacked by Israel in international waters near Cyprus which left 9 human rights activists dead and at least 50 wounded.”
The Green Party’s support for Palestine has now officially ended after the party has nominated Jill Stein, who is Jewish, as its 2012 presidential candidate. Green Party sources have told WMR that Stein is a committed Zionist who supports Israel but who offers enough criticisms of Israeli policies to make her acceptable to the Green Party’s rank-and-file.
Stein’s policies hold the Palestinians as equally responsible with Israel for the failure of peace talks. Her last policy statement on the Middle East peace process, released on May 15, states: “On taking office, I will put all parties on notice – including the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the Hamas administration in Gaza – that future U.S. support will depend on respect for human rights and compliance with international law. All three administrations will also be held responsible for preventing attacks by non-state actors on civilians or military personnel of any nationality. The parties will be given 60 days to each demonstrate unilateral material progress towards these ends.”
Stein’s equivalency stance on the Middle East was summed up last October when she stated “in Israel/Palestine, we need to start holding all parties accountable.” The statement could have easily come from the mouth of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.