Should the DNC call the Israeli presence in Palestine an 'occupation'? | The Tylt
The Democratic Platform Committee is in the midst of a struggle over a single word.
The committee is split over the word 'occupation' to describe Israel’s presence in Palestine. During a vote over whether or not the DNC should advocate for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine the discussion spiraled into a debate over whether or not 'occupation' is the correct word. Ultimately, committee members voted to keep it out of the DNC platform.
Should 'occupation' be used in the DNC platform?
Those in favor of using the word 'occupation' argue that it’s simply a matter of fact. It’s not a controversial sticking point. The president of the United States uses the word. The UN uses the word. The international community uses the word. It’s time for the DNC to use the word and acknowledge Palestinian suffering at the hands of the Israeli government. The committee members arguing in favor of using the word say the DNC must take a moral stance on such a dire issue and speak truth to power.
Those in opposition to use of the word argue that the ‘occupation’ is a distraction from the real issues at hand. Describing Israel’s presence in Palestine as an occupation ignores the fact that militant groups like Hamas are the initiating aggressors. They say the current circumstances in Palestine are a reaction, not the cause, of a heightened military presence in the Palestinian territories. What is Israel supposed to do? Is it supposed to sit idly while terrorists launch rockets, attack its citizens with knives, and call for the destruction of the Jewish state? Committee members arguing against use of the word 'occupation' do not want to delegitimize the state of Israel. Instead, they say, the DNC must reaffirm its support in these trying times and let the vested parties hash it out at the negotiating table.
What do you think? Should the DNC include the word occupation in its platform?
Should the DNC call the Israeli presence in Palestine an 'occupation'?
DNC platform committee shot down inclusion of the word "occupation". They can't even call it what George W Bush & Ariel Sharon did. Cowardly— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) June 25, 2016