Canada's Green Party in turmoil over BDS vote

Green party leader Elizabeth May is reconsidering her leadership role after her party has voted to support the BDS movement against Israel.

This sad news. I/P politics is shattering Left coalitions all over the place, it seems. Many Leftists have a hard time deciding whether to support Israel as the only "democratic" republic in the Near East or the Palestinian cause.

Is the Green party in the US under similar stressors?

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edg's picture

It doesn't matter that Israel is a "democracy" when they also occupy and terrorize and steal land from Palestinians. This is the 21st century; 19th century dispossession tactics are no longer acceptable. BDS is ethical and moral, and if any Green Party member has a problem with it, they are obviously bereft of ethics and morality on this topic.

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... in the same way the good ol' South was a democracy: a democracy for some.

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tapu dali's picture

Leader May is not. Neither are the governing Liberals or the opposition Conservatives.

I haven't yet verified what the position of the Socialist NDP is.

The question was fairly straightforward, and kindly don't ascribe any position to me. Whatis the position of the US Green party on BDS? I know you don't have anyone other than D or R in the House/Senate, but we have MPs from 4 parties.

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There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.

Israel might as well be the 51st state for the resources and risks we in the US invest to
support and defend it's interests. And for all that investment we
have gained nothing but a world of hurt. A change of attitude is in order if you
ask me... are our leaders insane ,doomed to do the same
things over and over again with same results? No offense to the Israeli people, I know
many agree with me and do not support Israeli aggression. I do not support my own
nation's foreign policy either.

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detroitmechworks's picture

Perpetrates a war that the people don't want at the behest of a small group of radical right wing idiots.

Paranoid about Terrorists, to the point that they round up and kill perfectly innocent people.

And calls you names if you call them out on it.


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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

elenacarlena's picture

thought I'd post it here for others who don't know.

I think we can support the people of Israel without supporting their current right-wing government. Just like we do for ourselves.

Two points on the Green platform, from jilll2016:

•Stop U.S. financial and military support to human rights abusers. Barring substantial changes in their policies, this would include Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.
•US policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to prioritize international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality. End US policies that have supported the worst tendencies of the Israeli government in its treatment of the people of Palestine.

Yes, Jill Stein supports BDS; the Green party has done so since 2005:

Apparently it's not controversial within our Green party.

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