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Green Party Compromised

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.

Comments

  1. Sarah Smile says:

    Hi, Roseanne,
    This comment is not about this story but I don’t know how else to contact you. There are ads on c*aigslist, I happen to be in Rapid City, SD, that are claiming to want to get you on the ballot. I contacted the ad and got a reply from someone who then wanted to know my full name and address. I replied that I do not know if this is a scam and do not just give out that information. The person contacted me and asked if they could call me. I did agree and gave my number, spelling out some of the numbers (to weed out spamming). I have not heard any more. The add claims to offer $1 per signature up to $600. It’s still up as of a few minutes ago. Is this something you’ve endorsed? I’d still love to do it if it’s legit, but it’s looking shadier by the minute.

  2. Bob Johnson says:

    Rosanne, while debating Jill for the Green Party nomination said nothing about this at all, but was completely in sync with Jill on everything.
    However Rosanne was very muted in her replies when questioned on apartheid Israel.
    She seems to think the largest problem in the diaspora was that the Israelis were just not paying the Palestinians a proper wage:

    (Her comment starts at 4:00)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WGLi5_i0xQ&feature=player_embedded#!

  3. You’ve still got my vote!

  4. Good luck to the Green Party and Jill Stein- .0002% of the vote is NOT the 99% however. It’s a tiny elite white middle of the road zionist apologist party, by vote and design of its largely white members who oppose a Palestinian State, which is an immoral position. Hope u guys evolve!

    • Zhon Shotir says:

      You are absolutely right. It looks like the Green Party is the party of the 0.02%.

      According to Gallup, they are barely polling at 1%.

      You were polling at 6%.

      Thank you for running on the Green Party ticket and spreading the truth to millions via mass media. It is too bad cronyism beats the right person for the job yet again. They did this to Ralph Nader in 2004. The California greens have problems with reality, I guess. I wanted a farmer to run. Instead we got a cold Harvard-brainwashed pharmy-pushing doctor.

      Didn’t Bush and Obama go to Harvard too?

      Name recognition is the most important factor going into a voter’s decision on election day. That is political science 101. The GP leadership failed miserably once again. Fuck them and their sorry asses.

      I hope you continue your quest for what is right. I have supported you from day one of your campaign. I am a Cali GP delegate for you and am ashamed of this “tiny elite white middle of the road zionist apologist party.” We will get less than 1% of the vote for sure.

      This party has zero political tact when it comes to presidential politics and a lot needs to change before we can evolve into a green party similar to those in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico etc.

      Please run again. I am sure the GP wont be as stupid and shocked as they were this time around.

      “From my cold, dead fingers.”

      You are still as fucking hilarious as ever. And brave enough to say the things other celebrities are too drugged and scared to say.

      Thank you.

  5. Ursula Rozum says:

    This accusation is a crock of shit from someone who is bitter that Roseanne didn’t win the nomination. Accusing Jill Stein of being a Zionist is like the “red baiting” Fox News throws at Obama – it’s a far-fetched attempt to stir up people’s emotions and to smear Jill Stein.

    Jill articulates a sane policy on an issue that arouses many passions – and squarely acknowledges that the US has been wrong to unconditionally support Israel while it “pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law….our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights. ” You can read Jill’s May statement here: http://www.jillstein.org/palestine_israel_statement

    • GreenGenes says:

      It’s one thing to have an intelligent discussion and disagreement over Middle East Policy but this is nothing short of an attack piece. Thanks for pointing to Stein’s statement.

      • alachuagreen says:

        I agree with Ursula. There is simply no evidence to support the smear that Jill Stein is a “committed Zionist,” and in fact the Green Party’s position on Palestine-Israel is much stronger than Roseanne’s (which is posted on her website: http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org/Issues). She doesn’t even mention the international BDS movement, which is in the GP platform (see GP.org).

        Jill Stein has been focusing on running in Green primaries across the country, raising funds, and helping Green Party ballot access drives. She hasn’t been focused on debating foreign policy, but I’m sure these issues will become more defined as the campaign shifts gears.

        What seems to be happening here is that splitters who must not really give a crap about the Green Party are using this Zionist smear and playing the race card as wedge issues to try to divide Greens, and to undermine the strong surge of support for the party and for Jill Stein. It is not going to work.

        I love Roseanne’s politics and her satire, and I have been a fan for many years, but I’m disappointed that she disrespected her supporters and delegates at the GP convention in Baltimore by not showing up, and instead of a gracious concession speech, she had a surrogate read a message from the stage that was the verbal equivalent of tossing a stink bomb into the convention. A sad ending for a relationship that had so much promise. Roseanne has obviously moved on from the Green Party, and it is time for Greens to move on as well.

  6. Peter Hoffman says:

    Israel Palestine has to resolve peacefully. Maybe Iran can bring them together?

  7. Renaissanceman says:

    Dear Ms. Barr,

    I am VERY sorry to hear that the Green Party did not choose you as their
    presidential candidate. I think the reason they didn’t is you would have
    really shook up the political arena and helped give 3rd Party’s the boost
    they need to get seriously recognized by the sheeple.

    The powers that be couldn’t allow that.

    So now we are stuck with Jill (yawn) Stein.

    Thanks for all your great work.

    • GreenGenes says:

      Actually Jill Stein visited Greens personally in many states and fundraised and spend the money to gain ballot lines needed by the party so that the public can vote for the Green Party candidate. She made those expenses even though the ballot lines she created would go to another candidate had she lost the nomination. To “shake things up” electoral, real resources both human and funds need to be generated by the grassroots. All those resources may help local candidates win elections as well.

      Name recognition and rhetoric are certainly worthwhile components but without building a grassroots volunteer and funding base, one can’t build an institution to change the system.