The Green Party endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in 2005, and Dr. Jill Stein continues to support Palestinian liberation in her current presidential campaign.
By Kit O’Connell, MintPressNews.com, June 9th, 2016:
AUSTIN, Texas — While members of both major political parties seek to oppress the free speech rights of human rights activists, the presumptive Green Party nominee is taking a stand against foreign wars and imperialism.
On Monday, Dr. Jill Stein tweeted a link to a statement in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, demanding radical change in U.S. foreign policy:
The US must stop supporting countries committing war crimes & human rights violations like Israel & Saudi Arabia: https://t.co/M77PxHvqds
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) June 6, 2016
“The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support for governments committing war crimes and massive human rights violations, including Israel and Saudi Arabia,” the undated statement on her website reads.\
“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,” the statement continues.
“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.”
She’s drawing attention to the issue at a time of increasing bipartisan support for limiting or banning the BDS movement. On Sunday, Mario Cuomo, New York’s Democratic governor, signed an executive order requiring the state to create a “blacklist” of individuals, corporations and organizations that boycott Israel, but Republican lawmakers have also suggested similar policies in other places, including California. Legal analysts have suggested these bans are an unconstitutional attack on activists’ free speech rights.