U.S. Green Party Presidential Candidate Backs Israel Boycott Movement

Haaretz reports: The Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, on Monday released a statement in support of the BDS movement against 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,” the Stein campaign said in a statement. “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.”

Dr. Stein, 64, a physician and a Jewish Chicago native, announced her candidacy for president last February. In 2012, Stein was endorsed by Israel critic linguist Noam Chomsky. She received 456,169 votes (0.36%), mostly in Alaska, Oregon and Maine.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while criticizing Israel’s conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza and touting his empathy for the Palestinian cause, acknowledged “there is some level of anti-Semitism” in driving the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

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