Thursday, June 16, 2016

Real Greens

Our Australian Greens should take a leaf out of the United States' Green Party's book. Here is the latter's statement on US foreign policy, Palestine-Israel & BDS. (Their leader and presidential candidate is Dr Jill Stein):

"The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support for governments committing war crimes and massive human rights violations, including Israel and Saudi Arabia. It supports the BDS movement as a peaceful, nonviolent set of actions organized by civil society across the world aimed to end Israel apartheid, occupation, war crimes, and systematic human rights abuses.

"US foreign policy requires an emergency overhaul, from a program of total global military and economic domination, to a policy of promoting international law, human rights and diplomacy. We must cease and desist from being, in the words of Martin Luther King, the greatest purveyor of violence the world over. Our foreign policy currently serves war profiteers and fossil fuel companies, but not the American people or the cause of global justice, peace and security. Our failed wars of the past 14 years have cost us 5 trillion dollars, left over a million people dead in Iraq alone, and killed or maimed tens of thousands of US service men and women. Yet we - and the Middle East - are far less secure, not more secure.

"In addition to ending our catastrophic and immoral wars for oil and markets, we must stop aiding and abetting the human rights violations and war crimes of our allies who are massively defying international law. This includes the Israeli government and the rulers of Saudi Arabia. With regard to Israel, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, demolitions, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace and human rights within Palestine and Israel, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights.

"Therefore, the Stein campaign calls for ending military and economic support for the Israeli government while it is committing war crimes and defying international law. In addition, the Stein campaign supports actions of nonviolent resistance to the policies of the occupation and of the Israeli apartheid regime, including those of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was endorsed by the Green Party of the United States in 2005 and is supported by thousands of civil society peace activists and organizations.

"Consistency in US policy regarding human rights and international law will begin, but not end, with Palestine and Israel. I will apply this same approach to other nations such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, among others.

"Finally, we call for the establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth & Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of US support of human rights and international law violations to one based on justice and truth bringing all parties together as equals to seek workable solutions. A dedicated commitment to justice will further the security of all parties, Palestinians, Israelis, and all people in the region, much better than the current policies of politically, economically and militarily supporting the systemic and institutionalized abuse of one side against the other."


Anonymous said...

Bravo Jill Stein. It seems that Australian political parties are beholden to the Israel Lobby and self censorship is routine on this subject.

Don't the bastards have any self respect? We are a gutless and dishonest nation.

I encourage readers to Google "Border decisions condemn countries to conflict" by David Shearer MP, New Zealand Labour Party spokesman on foreign affairs, The New Zealand Herald, Thursday, June 16.

Shearer MP discusses the ramifications of 100 years of the Sykes-Picot Treaty today and warns of the present dangers of "drawing borders in secret".

Now what is so hard about that Australian politicians? Get some backbone.

Mannie De Saxe said...

I would very much like to copy the item from the US Greens and Jill Stein's statements and send them to our Batman Greens candidate here in Melbourne, Alex Bhathal, and then put it also on my blog for everyone else to read.
This ghastly business has been dragging on for my whole lifetime - I am nearly 90, and I certainly won't be alive to see an end to it.
Mannie De Saxe

MERC said...

Feel free to do so, Mannie. And keep on keeping on, OK?

Mannie De Saxe said...

Thanks MERC, shall do what I can, but the older we get, the harder it becomes!
Thanks too for all your interesting posts.

Grappler said...

I am so impressed by the Stein Campaign statement, MERC. Finally a political party in the US that speaks the truth about Palestine!

To Anonymous - the real blame in Australia attaches to the mainstream media - and in particular the government-owned variety. I know many otherwise right-thinking and intelligent people who believe that Israel is indeed "a light unto the nations". If they get their news from the ABC what else can you expect?