The IPR: Israel-Palestine Resolution

CALDEM STATE CONVENTION 2017
RESOLUTION 17-05.05 (substitution for the original IPR below)
Note: This item was “prioritized to #2 on the Resolutions Committee agenda for Sunday morning at 10.  

UPDATE: OUR RESOLUTION PASSED AND IS NOW A CALDEM PARTY POLICY!

RESOLUTION 17-05.05

Opposing Trump’s Dangerous Provocations; Supporting Peace, Justice and Equality for Israelis and Palestinians — And Robust Discourse in California

WHEREAS for decades some members of both parties and Congress have expressed criticism of Israel’s now nearly 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands, while failing to back up that criticism with actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process; and

WHEREAS the new administration has indicated that it is likely to adopt an even more one-sided policy, threatening to provoke havoc and further instability by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and appointing an ambassador (opposed for confirmation by all but two Democratic senators) who is an avid supporter of illegal settlements and opponent of Palestinian statehood; and

WHEREAS empowered by the new administration’s policy, the government of Israel has accelerated its construction of illegal settlements in the occupied territories and has adopted new anti-Democratic measures internally, denied entry into the country of representatives of mainstream human rights organizations and passed a law that would bar many visitors with critical views;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party favors a U.S. policy that would work through the United Nations and other international bodies as well as with Israel and the representatives of the Palestinian people for a just peace based on full equality and security for Israeli Jews and Palestinians alike, human rights and international law, in line with the words of Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2016 message to AIPAC: “Peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self-determination, civil rights and economic well-being for the Palestinian people”;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CDP rejects any effort to restrict or discourage open public discourse on issues surrounding Israel and Palestine; disavows conflation of criticism of a country’s policies with hatred of its people; but also opposes anti-Semitic or Islamophobic language brought into the debate and also opposes any attempt to restrict or penalize those who exercise their right to express their views through nonviolent action to effect change.
Authors: David L. Mandel, AD 7; Murad Surama, AD 7; Karen Bernal AD 7 Sponsors: CDP Region 3; Norma Alcala, AD 7; Gina Barkalow, AD 9; Peter Brogan, AD 9; Alice Chan, AD 10; et al.

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This original resolution was revised as above by the Resolution Committee at their meeting Friday evening, May 19, 2017, with input from our authors:

Proposed resolution for the California Democratic Party, 2017

Opposing Trump’s dangerous provocations; supporting peace, justice and equality for Israelis and Palestinians — and robust discourse in California 

WHEREAS, for decades U.S. administrations of both parties and Congress have expressed criticism of Israel’s now nearly 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands, denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, and especially its colonization of the West Bank, internationally condemned as illegal, while failing to back up that criticism with actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process, and while supporting, materially and diplomatically, Israel’s frequent, disproportionate, highly destructive military attacks on the Gazan population, assaults on Lebanon and provocative raids in Syria; and

WHEREAS, the new administration has indicated that it is likely to adopt an even more one-sided policy, threatening (singularly among the entire world community) to provoke havoc and further instability by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and appointing an ambassador (opposed for confirmation by all but two Democratic senators) who is an avid supporter of illegal settlements and opponent of Palestinian statehood; and

WHEREAS, empowered by the new administration’s policy, the government of Israel has accelerated its construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and expulsions of Palestinians from their homes both in Israel and in the Palestinian territories; and has adopted new anti-Democratic measures internally, shut the Palestinian Authority’s main financial institution, denied entry into the country of representatives of mainstream human rights organizations and passed a law that would bar many visitors with critical views;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party favors a U.S. policy that would end diplomatic, financial and military support for the occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the blockade of Gaza, and work through the United Nations and other international bodies for a just peace based on full equality and security for Israeli Jews and Palestinians alike, human rights and international law, in line with the words of Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2016 message to AIPAC: “Peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self-determination, civil rights and economic well-being for the Palestinian people”;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the CDP rejects any effort to restrict or discourage full and open public discourse on issues surrounding Israel and Palestine; disavows conflation of criticism of a country’s policies with hatred of its people; and opposes any attempt to restrict or penalize those who exercise their right to express their views through nonviolent action to effect change.

David L. Mandel, dlmandel@gmail.com, 916 769-1641
Murad Sarama, moesarama@gmail.com (916) 825-7754
Karen Bernal, nekochan99@hotmail.com, 916 812-1793
Endorsed by CADEM Region 3, Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento
and 200+ individual delegates 

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