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Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is aligned with the Green Party Platform on Israel and Palestine

April 19, 2012 in Presidential Campaign, Press Release

From the Roseanne Barr Campaign:

Achieving Peace in Israel and Palestine
Roseanne for President 2012
April 17, 2012

Roseanne’s solutions for Peace in Israel and Palestine are deeply rooted in her own spiritual traditions, common sense thinking, alignment with the Green Party platform and a sincere desire to see equitable and humane resolutions for the benefit of all the people that live in the region.

Since 1948 each American president has “guaranteed security” for Israel by giving them a blank check for American dollars and military hardware. Congressmen and Senators fall all over themselves to offer more money and weapons.

“I hold to nothing but envisioning international peace and utopia. We all have many more things in common than not. I’ve tried to get to the very bottom of the whole subject, and I say it’s the entire world’s fault, not just Israel’s and not just the Jews for allowing the terrible crimes against humanity, the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now. No government in the Middle East is innocent. Wars make the stock market go up, so no one in America is innocent either, nor anyone anywhere where capitalism reigns.” Roseanne Barr on NoLiesRadio in 2010. See: http://noliesradio.org/archives/22098

Foreign policy, wars, cease-fires, assassinations, conflicts, bombings, peace talks, walls, settlements, land grabs, flotillas, piracy and hijackings at sea, and “which side are you on” have been discussed and debated for decades regarding peace in between Israel and Palestine. The information has been read about on the front pages of every newspaper, been rotated on every news website, and viewed on the evening news programs.

After getting the presidential nomination in 2008 the first speech Barack Obama gave was to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) where he pledged his continued support for the apartheid regime. See: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91150432

Currently the blockade situation for the people of Gaza has become dire. The people that live there are incarcerated in an open air prison. There is little sanitation, dirty water, no safe food, no medicine, little medical care, continued attacks by land and by air, few necessary supplies being smuggled in and few people going out. These are crimes against humanity and this is apartheid.

In the most recent news, Israel has severed tied with the UN’s Human Rights Council. See: http://www.eurasiareview.com/14042012-israel-palestine-and-the-human-rights-council-oped/

Peace in Israel and Palestine will happen when there is self determination for all and a “right of return” for the Palestinians who have had their land stolen from them. When the US government stops funding the Israeli war machine, when the Wall comes down, and when the people living there organize their own discussion of how to govern themselves they will be able to work out their differences. Their land is small, the resources scarce and a one state solution, with real democracy and justice for all seems the best approach towards a true and lasting peace.

“Peace starts in the Middle East with people speaking to each other intelligently about solutions.” Roseanne Barr on the Wise Women Media Radio Show, March 2012.

See more about the Green Party’s Platform at http://www.gp.org

Connect with the campaign: http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org

Jill Stein: Obama’s own Iran statements are “loose talk of war”

March 6, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

From Jill Stein for President:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said today she opposes the escalating efforts by President Obama and some members of Congress to push the United States toward war against Iran. Dr. Stein said that Obama is engaged in the same kind of “loose talk of war,” if not quite as extreme, as ultranationalist Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“A hallmark of a Stein administration will be respect for international law and a rejection of the Bush doctrine of preemptive war that Obama and his party have come to embrace. The interests of the American people are not served by illegal attacks on other nations based on hypothetical future transgressions.  Yet President Obama is threatening  Iran with attack by saying that ‘all options are on the table’. It’s a terrible replay of Bush’s run-up to the invasion of Iraq over the mythical weapons of mass destruction,” noted Stein. Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party to President Obama: Hands off Iran; work for nuclear-free Mideast and restore goodwill with people of Iran

January 23, 2012 in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders said today that the US must avoid a military confrontation with Iran by diplomacy based on the goal of ridding the Middle East and Asia of nuclear weapons, including Israel, Pakistan, and India.

The Green Party strongly opposes a military attack on Iran, a country that poses no threat to the US. Greens compared the deceptive rhetoric now being used to vilify Iran with the Bush Administration’s fraudulent justifications for a war on Iraq nearly ten years ago, with unconfirmed allegations about Iran’s plans for nuclear arms taking the place of Iraqi WMDs.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Green Party’s presidential contenders will discuss foreign policy and other topics in a live online chat with viewer participation during President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address, to be aired on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=471).

Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination (http://www.jillstein.org): “The threats of an assault on Iran by Israel or the U.S., or both, are igniting tensions that could erupt into a larger conflict. If we object to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the first step in resolving these tensions is to recognize that no nation has a ‘right’ to possess nuclear weapons. The possession of such weapons by any country in the region is a motivation for other countries to obtain them as well, and Iran has unfriendly nuclear nations on either side, being Israel and Pakistan. The United States should press Iran’s neighbors to divest themselves of their nuclear arsenals and to use such pressure as the basis for good-faith negotiation with Iran.” Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party endorses Sept. 15 Rally for Palestine at UN

September 15, 2011 in Peace & Non-Violence

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the Thursday, September 15 Palestine Rally at the United Nations, in support of the right of self-determination for Palestinians.

The march and rally (http://al-awdany.org/2011/07/sept-15-palestine-rally-at-the-united-nations), scheduled to take place in advance of a UN vote on recognition of Palestinian statehood, are sponsored by the Palestine UN Solidarity Coalition.

Participants will call for the US to cut off aid for Israel, for Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and for national and international boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with numerous resolutions promising Palestinians their basic rights.  The Green Party has consistently supported these goals and spoken out publicly for sovereignty, equality, and the right of return for Palestinians, including an end to apartheid inside Israel. Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party activist and musician Jello Biafra’s letter announcing cancellation of show in Israel

July 19, 2011 in Peace & Non-Violence

As an addition to an earlier post about Cynthia McKinney’s and Jello Biafra’s actions in the Middle East, here is the full letter which Jello Biafra published announcing the cancellation of a concert in Israel:

Dear Friends,

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are not going through with the July 2 date in Tel Aviv. This does not mean I or anyone else in the band are endorsing or joining lockstep with the boycott of all things Israel. I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place.

The toll and stress on the band members and myself has been huge, both logistically and as a matter of conscience. I can’t drag anyone any further into rough waters without being better prepared than some of us thought we were. A responsible leader does not go, ‘Hey, check out the storm at the top of Mount Everest. Let’s go up anyway just in case we don’t die.’ Some members are angry with me for this decision, let alone how long it took me. I don’t blame them.

It would have been so easy to quietly pass on the gig out of fear someone might get upset, and no one would have been the wiser. We could have flown under the radar, left the date off our tour postings and not bothered with a statement, but how honest is that?

Our intention in going was that we thought we could do some good , speaking truth to power, fans and impressionable young minds in a way that most bands don’t. What about the people on the same side of the human rights fence we are who now don’t get to see us play? Should the be boycotted too? What about the even larger atrocities of the Bush regime and by extension Obama? Should we turn off our mouths of anger and boycott our own country too? We tried again and came close to landing a Ramallah show, but again, we needed to be better prepared. How fair is it to the organizers to demand a full-on rock show on a few days’ notice with a type of music they may not be familiar with? More importantly, how much are we really doing for Palestinian rights if people there don’t seem interested in our kind of music at all?

I’ve been doing this long enough to know better than buy into hardline absolutes such as playing in Israel automatically supports apartheid or Israel’s government. That threat is ridiculous. I know far more about this issue than some people think I do, and I am not a poodle for Hasbara, Peace Now, BDS or anyone else. The first people contacting us went out of their way to be diplomatic and communicate how they felt. Then our Facebook page went from eye-opening and educational to a childish bickerfest between a handful of people, to the point where we had to try something else just to reclaim our own Facebook page.

As the gloves came off, unfortunately so did some of the masks. Calling anyone speaking up for Palestinian rights a ‘terrorist’ is dumb. So are the blanket condemnations of everyone who happens to be Israeli that seem to be coming from the ‘drive all the Jews into the sea’ crowd. I also even got an invitation from a self-proclaimed fan to ‘come meet the Israeli right’ and see the settlements through their eyes, complete with a wine-tasting party. Whew! Whoever started punksagainstapartheid.com now admits it was aimed solely at one person – me. It is obvious that not everyone signing the petition has any idea who I am, or knows anything about punk, possibly the majority. The last time I looked I could only find three names of people I actually knew. Some made it clear that I will be on their bad list no matter what I do because I dared to even think of playing in Israel.

I can’t back anyone whose real goal or fantasy is a country ethnically cleansed of Jews or anyone else. Where people who think for themselves or talk to the wrong person are automatically a sell out. Speaking personally, I currently favor two democratic states in the admittedly naive hope that in our lifetime they can somehow evolve into one. Where race or religion does not matter because people have learned to work with each other.

I think back to last year when JBGSM played in Serbia. The locals we spent time with were not monsters, and filled me in on how they risked their necks for years opposing and demonstrating against Milosevic and were not down with ethnic cleansing at all. But they weren’t too happy about being bombed by NATO for over 2 months straight either, and showed the ruined buildings to prove it.

I also heard comments like, ‘The Croats killed my grandfather in World War II. I can’t forget that…’ and ‘There’s another war coming soon. I can feel it.’ The most I could do from the stage is say that I do not know what I would do if the Croats or Serbs killed my grandfather, or a suicide bomber or occupying army killed my child. But I would hope I would be one of those people who could somehow say, ‘Can’t we have some peace?’ The audience seemed to appreciate that.

The next day I laid out my thoughts and emotions to the person giving me a ride in Slovenia. She turned ice cold and said, ‘Maybe next time you should play in Bosnia.’ Good point. The nightmare continues.

Rise Above, Jello Biafra

DC Statehood Greens Endorse Israel Boycott

September 11, 2010 in Social & Economic Justice, State Party News

At a monthly membership meeting of the DC Statehood Green Party on Sept 2 the membership unanimously endorsed a BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions for Israel) campaign by human rights activists in Washington, DC.

The Green Party of the United States endorsed a BDS resolution several years ago in protest of the Israeli government’s denial of human rights to Palestinians and the US government’s support (whether Democrats or Republicans control the White House & Congress) for Israel’s illegal occupation, brutal treatment, & displacement of Palestinians, including the settlements and last year’s invasion of Gaza.

Below is some information that was sent to us about the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign written by Mai Abdul Rahman:
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Colia Clark, NY Green for US Senate, challenges Schumer’s support of Gaza siege

June 22, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns, Peace & Non-Violence

Colia Clark, the New York Green Party nominee for the US Senate seat presently occupied by Charles Schumer, said today that she was appalled by recent statements by Schumer supporting the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza, which is causing a humanitarian crisis there.

Schumer, speaking last week at an Orthodox Union event in Washington, D.C. said he supported the blockade out of the need “to strangle them economically until they see that’s not the way to go, makes sense.”

“How can it be that a US Senator is calling for economic genocide against the People of Gaza and Palestine when he states that the besieged and endangered people of Gaza should be, “strangled economically”? It’s urgent that the people of New York stand up to Senator Schumer for his violent speech. Senator Schumer must be sent a clear message that New York State is not in favor of any form of violence against those who seek to lift the weight of oppression from their backs. The people of New York abhor genocide through naked violence or economic genocide,” said Clark.

“As US Senator from New York, I propose to wage a campaign for a peaceful settlement of the Gaza crisis that respects the legitimate claims of the Palestinian Peoples and the right of the People of Israel to statehood. A Two State solution is the only way out of the present crisis. This means Israel dismantling all settlements in Palestinian territory and discontinuing the naked violence against Palestine in Gaza and on the open seas. Palestine must halt unprovoked assaults on the State of Israel. In the interest of the Middle East and world peace, Israel and Palestine must resolve this 62 year old dispute by uncovering ways to live in mutual harmony,” added Clark. Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party condemns Freedom Flotilla massacre, urges immediate aid cutoff and end to impunity for Israel

May 31, 2010 in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States condemns the attack by the Israeli navy on Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ships in international wates near Cyprus, which have left at least 19 human rights activists dead and at least 50 wounded.

“The attacks on the aid boats is a criminal act of piracy and a deliberate provocation,” said Dr. Justine McCabe, co-chair of the Green Party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

“We demand immediate action from the US, including emergency orders from President Obama to cut off all aid to Israel.  The policies of the US regarding Israel and Palestine up to now have convinced Israel that it can act with impunity in committing massacres and massive human violations against Palestinian civilians.  These illegal and atrocious actions now include the murder of other countries’ citizens in international waters,” added Dr. McCabe, who recently returned to the US from Haifa, where she participated in a coalition of over 400 Jewish and Palestinian Israelis and internationals who met to promote the growing call for the one democratic state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israel had earlier threatened to seize the Freedom Flotilla ships and arrest the activists when they entered Gaza coastal waters, but instead executed a surprise maneuver at night in international waters that resulted in death and mayhem for nonviolent activists attempting to deliver 10,000 tons of supplies to the people of Gaza.

2008 Green presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney has released a statement on the massacre (“Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: People of the US and the world must end Israeli impunity now!,” http://gp.org/cynthia/display.php?ID=36).  Ms. McKinney, a former member of Congress from Georgia, was one of 21 human rights activists on board the Free Gaza relief boat seized by the Israeli navy in international waters when it tried to deliver medical and other humanitarian aid to Gaza in June 2009, in the wake of Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

Ms. McKinney and the other activists were held in an Israeli jail for several days.  See Green Party press releases issued between June 25 and July 14, 2009, on the party’s media page (http://www.gp.org/press.php).

“The US government’s lack of response to the seizing of the Free Gaza boat and jailing of a former member of Congress was interpreted by Israel as a license for even more extreme illegal actions,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green Caucus (http://www.gp.org/caucuses/lavender/index.php).  ”We urge all Americans who value justice, human rights, and peace to put pressure on the White House and on their Representatives and Senators to move right now to stop all aid to Israel and seek international condemnation of these acts.”

“We also urge Americans to be wary of the justifications for Israel’s crimes that will come from politicians, media commentators, AIPAC, and other apologists for Israel.  These justifications are meant to cover up atrocities, including yesterday’s murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla,” said Ms. Rankin. Read the rest of this entry →

Greens to OECD: Reject Israel’s bid for membership until Israeli gov’t observes human rights

May 21, 2010 in National Greens, Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Leaders of the Green Party of the United States are urging the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) not to accept Israel’s application for membership until Israel observes international law and alters its human rights policies in its treatment of Palestianians.

“Israel continues to violate the OECD’s fundamental values and should not be rewarded with increased trade — which would access to more military contracts,” said Michael Canney, Florida Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).  ”Israel’s intractable, brutal, and humiliating treatment of Palestinians within its own borders and in the Occupied Territories, including the recent invasion and mass killings of civilians in Gaza, deserves international condemnation.  Greens have called for economic boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it reverses its current policies.  The OECD should deny Israel membership until the Israeli government lifts the strangling economic restrictions it has placed on the Palestinian people, cancels the construction of settlements and displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and abides by international law and the OECD’s own principles.” Read the rest of this entry →

Greens: US must press Israel to end settlements; divestment urged as Israeli outrages continue

April 9, 2010 in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release

Greens: President Obama must press Israel to end East Jerusalem settlements

• Green Party urges divestment as Israeli outrages mount

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama must put pressure on Israel immediately to stop the construction of settlements and displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Green Party leaders and candidates said today.

“President Obama should send Prime Minister Netanyahu a message: enough is enough.  If Israel continues to violate Palestinian human rights, the US must cancel the $30 million military aid package pledged to Israel for 2009-2018.  The plan to build 1,600 housing units for Israeli Jews in East Jerusalem is the latest outrage.  Although a rumored US abstension from a possible UN Security Council resolution against the settlements would be an improvement over its usual veto on Israel’s behalf, this would still be an act of moral cowardice,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.  Read the rest of this entry →

Cynthia McKinney reportedly in flight

July 6, 2009 in Social & Economic Justice

According to a post at her FaceBook page, Cynthia McKinney is on board an El Al flight headed to New York City and eventually to Washington DC.

Monday, July 06, 2009 Departure: 16:00Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel – Ben Gurion International, terminal 3 Arrival: 20:40 New York, USA – John F Kennedy, terminal 4 Airline:El Al Israel Airlines LY11 Duration 11:40 equipment: Boeing 747-400 She is coming to NY as above BUT connecting to DC for arrival there at midnight. Do not have details on the length of layover in NYC nor do I have ETA for DC. Trying to get that.

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BREAKING NEWS: Israeli authorities deporting Cynthia McKinney

July 5, 2009 in Social & Economic Justice

This breaking news comes via David Josue, a close associate and supporter of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney: Editor’s notes in italics.

Mairead (Mairead Maguire, winner of a Noble Peace Prize for her work in Northern Ireland) called me(David Josue) and told me that Cynthia and the others were removed from the cells (an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle) and sent to the airport. I called the American embassy in Tel Aviv to inform them. They did not even know about the transfer. I just spoke with the duty officer and he confirmed that they are at the airport and the embassy sent someone to talk to them. I don’t know the flight arrangement yet. It looks like they will enter via Boston, but this is not confirmed yet. I sent emails to Brent,(Brent McMillan, Green Party Political Director) Scott (Scott McClarty, Green Party Media Coordinator) and Sanda (Sanda Everett, Green Party national co-chair, California) in the west co(ast)

IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL SHE IS AT HOME IN DC.

Editor’s note please forward, twitter, face book, my space etc as widely as possible.

Cynthia McKinney Speaks Out From Jail In Israel

July 4, 2009 in Social & Economic Justice

Sent in by Scott McClarty of GPUS:

Former U.S. Congresswoman speaks out of her jail in Israel

The Palestine Telegraph, Saturday, 04 July 2009

Palestine, July 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) – This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies – and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children.

While we were on our way to Gaza the Israelis threatened to fire on our boat, but we did not turn around. The Israelis high-jacked and arrested us because we wanted to give crayons to the children in Gaza. We have been detained, and we want the people of the world to see how we have been treated just because we wanted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. At the outbreak of Israel’s Operation ‘Cast Lead’ [in December 2008], I boarded a Free Gaza boat with one day’s notice and tried, as the US representative in a multi-national delegation, to deliver 3 tons of medical supplies to an already besieged and ravaged Gaza.
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Prisoner 88794 call Day 2 from Prison

July 3, 2009 in Social & Economic Justice

Thanks to WBAI & Craig Seeman:

Phone call this morning from Israeli Prisoner #88794 Cynthia McKinney talks in detail about the mission, what happened, who she’s meeting in prison and their stories as well.

Spread this video! It’s OUR MEDIA!

Green Party tells Obama and Clinton: demand release of Cynthia McKinney and 20 other human rights activists

July 3, 2009 in Editorials

In a statement published at the Green Party website, party leaders call on President Obama and the State Department, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to demand the release of Cynthia McKinney and the rest of the Free Gaza 21 by the Israeli government. Pointing out that President Obama himself has called for an end to the blockade of Gaza, the Green Party called for action on behalf of those bringing just the sort of humanitarian aid to Gaza that the blockade is designed to keep out.

H/T to The Detroit Greens for the story.

The full statement can be read by clicking this article’s headline.

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