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Democrats Throw Palestinians Under the Bus

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On August 20, 1980, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 478. America again abstained. Resolution language "censured (Israel) in the strongest terms." It condemned its Jerusalem Law. 

It called doing so in violation of international law. It refused recognition. It told member states to withdraw diplomatic missions from the city immediately.

The Security Council and General Assembly called East Jerusalem occupied territory. Expropriated land is illegal. Israeli legislative and administrative measures altering the city's character and status are null and void. They must be rescinded forthwith.

Israel spurns all international law and UN resolutions contrary to its interests. It continues land seizures, home demolitions, dispossessions, and expelling Palestinians from their rightful homes.

Judaizing the entire city is planned. Palestinians are denied and banished. Ethnic cleansing is policy. So is spurning international law with impunity.

Democrat platform language initially excluded mentioning Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Romney and other Republican hardliners criticized its exclusion. In 2008, Democrats said:

"Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

Obama personally intervened to restore similar language. He sucks up shamelessly to Israel. He callously spurns Palestinian rights. He won't condemn Israel's settlement project. He vowed never to support an independent Palestine.

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He insisted on one-sided pro-Israeli platform language. No wonder James Petras calls him America's first Jewish president. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said:

"The platform is being amended to maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the President and in the Democratic Party platform in 2008."

It outdid Republican language. It referred to Jerusalem's status only in passing, saying:

"Two democratic states: Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, and Palestine, living in peace and security."

 

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Omitted was explaining that achieving it is impossible under occupation. Neither party explains facts too important to ignore. 

AIPAC praised the decision, saying:

"We welcome reinstatement to the Democratic platform of the language affirming Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Together, (both) party platforms reflect strong bipartisan support for the US/Israel relationship."

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