Are The Democrats Breaking Up With Israel? | AJ+

Are The Democrats Breaking Up With Israel? | AJ+


Is the Democrats’ taboo on calling out Israel finally breaking? For decades, Democratic Party leaders have embraced Israel as an ally that could do no wrong, and have marched in lockstep with Washington DC ‘s Israel lobby, AIPAC. But is the Democrats’ love affair with Israel coming to an end? For many years, even Democrats who were privately critical of Israeli policies deemed it too politically risky to make those views public. But then, in 2016, this happened: If we are ever going to bring peace… we are gonna have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity. The fact that an American presidential candidate — who also happened to be Jewish — demanded on national TV that Palestinians be treated with respect and dignity, and then received an applause was extraordinary to witness. It meant a lot, for a lot of reasons, actually. Bernie Sanders was interesting not only because he was one of the few major Democratic candidates for president who was critical of Israeli policy, but the interesting thing is that he actually found that people liked what he said. Bernie’s statement about Palestinian rights broke the U.S. political convention of discussing Palestinians only through the lens of Israel and Israeli security. It’s true that most Americans do care about Israel’s security. I think they don’t buy the argument that this is what’s going on here. Because they see the occupation that’s been there since 1967 unending. They know a lot of the humiliation that takes place is totally unrelated to security. So I think in the end, people see this not so much as an anti-Israel stand, they see it as a global human rights, international law democracy stand. But Bernie’s statement didn’t come out of nowhere. Believe it or not Barack Obama gets some credit for acknowledging the Palestinian struggle. In 2009, he spoke about the hardships that Palestinians face: the displacement, the oppression, the pain and the humiliation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza in neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations large and small, that come with occupation. He also directly linked the Palestinian plight with Israel’s creation. It is also undeniable that the Palestinian people have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years, they’ve endured the pain of dislocation. Obama’s speech was seen as sympathetic to Palestinians. And according to the New York Times, it upset some Israelis and American supporters of Israel because “they saw the speech as elevating the Palestinians to equal status.” But it’s years of advocacy work by progressive groups have helped push the narrative of Palestinian rights to be included in the Israel-Palestine debate. And intersectionality has played a vital role in this. Black activists, media personalities and members of the Black Lives Matter movement have shown up for the Palestinians, calling for an end to the Israeli occupation. I think there’s been a huge increase in actually just seeing the connections between struggle between people of color in the U.S. and poor people, and people of color all around the world. We came here to Palestine to stand in love and revolutionary struggle with our brothers and sisters. When I went to Palestine, obviously I saw many, many connections between what was happening to Palestinian people and what’s happening to Black people in the U.S. Looking at a place like Gaza in particular, like many of the horribly oppressive practices are then shipped and used. Police departments in the U.S. and here in Florida, and the Miami police department have gone to get trained by the IDF several times. And so we’re seeing an evolution of our policing system that actually really mirrors what has happened in Palestine. And Palestinians, both in the occupied territories and abroad, have in return vocalized support for Black civil rights. You know, Ferguson protesters who were protesting the murder of Michael Brown, when they were met with this huge attack from the Ferguson Police Department and the spraying of tear gas… I think it was like Palestinian activist Mariam Barghouti who was actually like, here’s how you protect yourself from the tear gas. In 2015, the Black-Palestinian Solidarity campaign released a video that showed the similar challenges facing both communities. Capitalism, white supremacy, Zionism, imperialism – all of these systems actually thrive when we’re isolated from one another. So, when I don’t see my struggle as connected to other people, I internalize those systems and think, oh my problems are my problems my community’s problems are my community’s problems. But when we’re actually able to draw connections, it really reveals that no, there are larger systems. These are not my problems, these are not my community’s problems. This is actually oppression. I think solidarity on a fundamental level actually allows us to see the broader system that we’re fighting against. We might not be experiencing the exact same struggles, but we’re definitely up against the same oppressor. And there’s also been more American progressive Jews who see Israel’s oppression of Palestinians as contradictory to Jewish values. It’s no longer the case that Jewish communities can expect young Jews and a future generation [of Jews] to be in lockstep and refuse to critique Israeli policy and refuse to stand for Palestinian freedom. In fact, a report by the Anti-Defamation League and an Israeli think tank identified intersectionality as “an emerging challenge” to the “pro-Israel network.” After I went to Palestine and we came back, we were working on a policy platform for the movement for Black Lives and it was like, how can we not include the struggles of what’s happening to Palestinian people? We got a lot of backlash for that choice, which I think is again, a sign of how scared they are of the potential of solidarity, how scared they are to lose bases of support in the U.S. Viewing the issue as a matter of equality and human rights for Palestinians is increasingly popular among the new wave of Democrats that have entered Congress. We have now, for the first time, these elected officials in DC who are willing to say the hard truth even though it comes at a great risk to them. One of the most important ways that these new elected officials are challenging the Democratic establishment’s traditional stance with Israel is that they’re refusing to play by their rules, right? They’re supporting BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. They’re supporting Palestinian human rights. and they’re calling out groups like AIPAC. That also reflects the trend among Democratic Party voters. A 2018 study showed that self-identified liberal Democrats are more likely to side with Palestinians than Israelis, compared to moderate and conservative Democrats, who generally still side with Israel. You know, I think for far too long Palestinians have really been dehumanized in the American discourse. And in the past number of years, the realities and the root causes of Palestinian dispossession are coming to light. And this shift away from unwavering support of Israel might be worrying establishment Democrats. If the Democratic establishment is not worried, they should be. Because the polls show the rapid increase of young Americans critical of Israel and in support of Palestinian human rights – both Jewish and not Jewish. A few prominent and veteran Democrats have actually started a new group with the aim of supporting candidates in 2020 who are vocally pro-Israel. In fact, the group’s president told the New York Times that “There are a few discordant voices, but we want to make sure that what’s a very small problem doesn’t metastasize into a bigger problem.” Polls show a long-term trend that counts against the establishment: Support and sympathy for Israel is declining among younger voters and people of color. One survey showed that younger Americans were less likely to see Israel as an “ally,” and the same goes for women and Black and Hispanic Americans. And yes, the divide between Democrats and Republicans on Israel is also widening. In fact, the partisan divide on that issue is now wider than at any point since 1978. Republican support for Israel is also fueled by the Christian right. According to a Pew Research survey, self-identified Republicans sympathizing more with Israel than Palestinians has incresed from 50% to 79% since 2001. Over the same period, Democrats sympathizing for Israel declined from 38% to 27%. The Democratic base is demanding that kind of integrity from their politicians and they know that there’s no way to talk about human rights, or talk about racial justice, if you are silent about the issue of justice for Palestinians. And so, the Democratic base is changing and are electing people and demanding that their elected officials reflect their values. The shifting gratitudes in the Democratic Party towards Israel means that there’s someone else that’s probably getting a bit uneasy. AIPAC. According to Center for Responsive Politics, AIPAC spent $3.5 million in 2018 on lobbying, essentially helping maintain a pro-Israel Congress. Clearly they are influential. Now, has this disruptive change that has taken place in the rules of the game affect them? Of course it has. Some Democrats remain very much in Israel’s corner. They speak in support of Israel and attend AIPAC conferences. Oh, and occasionally say things like this: The view of Palestinians is simple. “Well, the Europeans treated the Jews badly, culminating in the Holocaust, and they gave them our land as compensation.” Of course we say it’s our land the Torah says it. But they don’t believe in the Torah. So, that’s the reason there is not peace. But as the Democratic Party attempts to put on a united front when it comes to the subject of Israel, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that even within the establishment, there are undercurrents of discontentment with Israel. And Netanyahu plays a big role in that. A lot of Democrats have also witnessed that this Israeli government, the current Israeli government, has been led by Prime Minister Netanyahu who most Democrats don’t like, not only because they don’t like the values that he projects and the policies that he undertakes on Israel-Palestine, but also because they see him as taking a position in American politics much more sympathetic to the Republican Party. Back in 2015, he annoyed Democrats by going over the administration’s head to appeal directly to Congress to oppose President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal. And Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters along the fence in Gaza also attracted criticism. With the party’s progressive wing demanding that the Democrats end their silence on Palestinian human rights but the establishment dragging its heels… what does that mean for the Democratic Party? For whatever reason, a lot of young Democrats have latched onto this issue as kind of a litmus test for whether or not a Democratic candidate is genuinely in harmony with the on their values, and it’s likely to put a lot of pressure on political candidates as we move forward.

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100 thoughts on “Are The Democrats Breaking Up With Israel? | AJ+

  1. Israel's powerhold on the USA and AIPAC's influence is too great. Israel will always be the senior partner and will always control the USA.

    Presidential candidates talk about important issues like this, but as soon as they are elected, they forget about them and do what their zionist masters pay them to do.

  2. as usual the one minority tht is forgotten are the poor white. nothing. white equals white supremacist. wht shit.

  3. This man BB, is a reflection of all that is wrong whit US and Israel these days and today…

  4. Respect and dignity good but what does that mean? Palestinians will never come to the table sorry AJ

  5. The Dems figure the Jews are expendable. They've got the Hispanics, Muslims, BLM, prisoners, and illegals to bolster their election chances… who needs the Jews?

  6. But the question is that – can the US, Europe, et al stop Israeli's heinous crimes and dirty conspiracy across all over the world?

  7. Someone should wake up the American Christians about the Israel lie,and they aren't the true Israelites the African Americans are and uh oh people are waking up and Israelis Zionist are beginning to shit their pants and they should killing innocent people has a shitload of karma attached

  8. it is quite obvious that the US is a colony of Israel. It is over, too late, nothing can be done. 99% of our elected officials are in the pocket of AIPAC.

  9. Bernie Sanders is not a true Jew!!!!
    He says that he was raised by Jewish parents.
    plus he doesn't support freedom of religion if you work in Congress.

  10. Does that include Hamas? Should they be treated with respect and dignity??Just like they treat anyone who MIGHT have collaborated with Israel ?? Throwing them, gays and anyone they dislike off of buildings what are the highest point they can find as it says in the Quran?! And of course , enforce hateful education of Jews from birth.
    I won't even begin to talk about the human shield Tactics that they have mastered. Dead Palestinians is good for Hamas and if you don't get that you're an idiot. Mahmoud Abbas called them dogs just 3 weeks ago and he's no angel himself. I think Bernie is being extremely naive and if Hamas had their way, they would exterminate every living soul in Israel. That's the difference between Hamas and Israel!

  11. To counter Chuck Schumer it was international Jewry that declared war on Germany in 1933. So you take these people into ones country and next thing they do is declare war on you. The Japanese were interred during the war. Zionism controls the international press for over 140 years now never talking about 15 years of the Weimar republic. Stalin was a jew and he murdered 20 million christians. So jews are innocently persecuted? Wait untill we show the images of what you do to little children, our children. Then it will be too late for all of you! Your land? You never had one, who wants a cannibal as a neighbour?

  12. Just πŸƒπŸ’©! Only within the antifffffffa and democrats πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚if palestine so called people only could free themselves from their own hate and destruction of others, then they can live freely, simple WHEN YOU BOMB YOU GET BOMBED , WHEN YOU KILL EVENTUALLY YOU GET KILLED. Now you can keep twisting and turning and changing the reality and the historical facts and evidence as much as possible ,but at the end the truth will prevail. βœŒβœŠπŸ‘Š

  13. Love Trump πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ‡±πŸ‡·πŸ’ͺ

  14. the day the fascist dems. will gain power in US it will accelerate the decline of US as an influence power in the world – Israel is the just side in the mid-east conflict and the whole palestinian narrative is based on lies and fake facts (the facts support Israel) but as i see the dems. (as in every local American issue as well ) are week in fact check – and not without reason more and more powers as China or India and even Russia are in line trying to enhance their technologic and economic relation with Israel – and US officials are extremely disapprove – so Israel is very moderate in advancing that – but the threat to US there . MORE AND MORE Israeli's travel to china and vice versa – 6 flights per day vers 2-3 per week just 2-3 years ago – China would love to embrace Israel as a new allay and i support this because America and especially when the dems. had the presidency prove to be an unreliable friend and Obama back-stab every friendly pro-american country in the region – from Egypt to the curd's that he left them to be sluterd and even Israel in that twisted UN resolution – no one trust US today including Europe – prs. Trump gained some trust back – but when a country shift politics so extremely -due to change in ruling party – no one will trust that country in the long run . all these are strong reasons why America is in decline

  15. Dear Fellow AMERICAN, you unimaginably Stupid SOB's, The MUSLIMS want us DEAD, They are Invading America . . . Palestinians are MUSLIMS, they want us all DEAD ! Stop selling us out to the bloodthirsty Enemy, they serve Hell, Allah is the devil, stop worshipping the Devil.

  16. These Cows serve evil/Islam/ and hate Americans really well. What they say, is Lies, because the Quran tells them they MUST LIE.

  17. If you reject scripture, then support for Israel is tragic farce. If you accept scripture, then having them call themselves Israel is blasphemous lie. The name is Judah.

  18. For the people. To make you vote and when they won, you are not needed,you are the problem for the synagoge of satan,kip on voting on the zion system, that feel all the time ,kip it up. Stupid

  19. So the far right have been saying for ever about Israel but now the left are so are they Nazis now as well because it's so confusing looking from outside the U.S

  20. Half of Israel should be for Arabs people, Jewish people are European refugees not from Israel, so they should share the lands igual, half Jewish, half Arabs simple, like many thousands years ago side by side as humans

  21. Obama sent them so much money when he was president you would think everybody has their own condo and a minivan parked out front🀭 the American people were the one's that's hurting it's not coming out of his pocket it's coming out of ours and they want more and more…. right now in India there's more billionaires and millionaires then there ever has been why don't they take care of their own people and their own country…😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑

  22. It was so good to hear that loud cheer of affirmation and relief from the audience, showing our controllers (and everyone else watching) that humanity does not agree with them. Also I had read that Bill Clinton could not stand Bibi Netanyahu and avoided being in the same room with him.

  23. Any sympathy the world has for the Jewish people is being eroded quickly, By the actions of the Israeli government.

  24. Stupid black movement, Self hating jews, Hollow talks, ignorance and antisemitism. This is what it is!

  25. See the survivors' story about the USS LIBERTY—- you'll find that it was a FF attack on us that they smoothed over LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED ! As an ally, Israel has always had SHARED INTEL with U.S.— it was called RUBY STONE. This is how they subverted all our trillions-$$$-defense systems on 9/11. Details of remote controlling planes, deceptions on radar, etc SeeChris Bollyn and Rebekah Roth, U tube

  26. WAKE UP, find out who the real terrorists are, and how the whole world WAS DECEIVED. They have seemingly gotten away with Mass Murder for 18 long, long years. Since the only thing transparent in our Gov has proved to be Insubordination, we have had to do our own investigations, and there are 2 mountains of viable, solid reports that draw the same conclusions—found in Chris Bollyn and Rebekah Roth's latest

  27. It's a socialist party now. Democratic party is dead. So yes, they are breaking up with Israel gradually.

  28. Maybe Israel should dump the corporate owned Democrats. Muslims say they will NEVER recognize a Jewish nation. They teach young children to kill non Muslims and drive the Jews out of Israel. Letting them overrun Israel would result in the Israeli government filled with Muslims and the end of Israel. Nobody forces U.S. senators to take bribes from the military industry, the insurance companies, AIPAC, or any lobbying group. Blame the BRIBEES.

  29. The Palestinians and American black Democrats are mad that they don't have control of the military. Imagine if they were in control of public policy!

  30. I heard TRUMP is fond of Oxygen and supports AIR. Democrats will begin to protest and speak out against human consumption of Oxygen soon. Stay Tuned.

  31. Watch these documentary and you will be heart broken how AIPAC raped our system of government
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/watch-film-israel-lobby-didnt-want-you-see/25876

  32. Jewish people of America STOP voting for your liberal democrats. They hate you very much. Vote for the one's that protect you VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

  33. WE SUPPORT PALESTINE AND ITS CITIZENS.

    WE LOVE YOU AND FIGHT FOR YOUR CAUSE OF RIGHT TO LIVE PEACEFULLY ON YOUR LAND.

    ISRAEL IS A SHITSTAIN ON THE WORLD AND HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT AGAINST PEACE.

  34. Yet he went on to hand 38 billion of your tax to ISRAEL in weapons that go on to kill Palestinians. What else must you be called but a con OBAMA?

  35. If u say Palestinians is not human. U are hitler. That how hitler talk. So give them land. Give them freedom like any country in earth.

  36. Such BS. Palestinians main supporters outside the Muslim world have been ethnic Europeans not African American Johhny come latlys.

  37. I hope the ZIONIST JEWS are DESTROYED. Previous israeli Mps were from EUROPE. THEY HAD no business stealing lands from the ethnic people Palestinians and REAL JEWS NOT THESE FROM EUROPE WHO NEVER FOUGHT A LICK IN WW2. GOD DID NOT GIVE THEM THIS LAND. IT WAS A CAANAN COUNTRY AND PHONECIAN.

  38. what a load of crap the arabs should stop bombing the hell out of Israel leave Israel alone and Israel will leave the arabs alone, hamass think they can bomb and burn at will and get away with it and the west are clueless or really don't give a shit if Israel is burned or bombed to the ground

  39. Anti-Semitism started escalating after obama was elected !!! That muslim SOB is a Satan worshiper , who wants to destroy GODs people !!! Who is going to WIN ? GOD or satan ??? Guess !!!

  40. The TV show The West Wing should probably get some credit for changing public opinion here as well. They did a series of episodes that highlighted the plight of Palestinians.

  41. Can someone say where is this channel from…I mean which country???.After watching so many videos in this channel ,I think this is the only channel which speaks truth.

  42. Let the Palestinians go to Syria with their Arab brethren. There they can kill and torture themselves to their hearts content. Let butcher assad take care of them.

  43. So calles Democrat base his political stand on Torah unbelievable. Torah was ariften in Babylonia in 6th century bc.

  44. Why should anyone care for some dipshit muslims? Have you ever been to Israel? You must know that arabian people refused to take refugees to their own countries and offer no help to Palestinian people.

  45. Wow! Schumer sounds so intelligent. That nasily sounding crap that oozes out of his mouth is just so inspiring.

  46. Love how BLM people make parallels between blacks and Palestinians. Palestinian plights are justified because their advocacy is consistant with their claimed grievances (lack of self determination & independence) unlike Blakcs who cry about oppression but follow White people everywhere they go.

  47. 5:09 Fighting the same oppressor? Oh really? Whites and Jews are not the same people. Zionists in Israel "oppress" Palestinians because they believe it's their land. Whites on the US on the other hand would gladly allow Blacks independence if they desired so. The problem is they don't.

  48. Supporting Israel should not and hopefully will not be a partisan issue, I hope that both parties in America will continue to support Israel

  49. Of course, Al Jazeera would LOOOOOOOOOVE if this story were true. Your entire organization is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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