Some of my American readers might be so irritated by the major presidential candidates that they are thinking about voting for a third party candidate. Maybe even Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein. After all, almost half a million people voted for her in 2012, and she’s very, er, green, if you care about the environment and stuff.
Her platform is all about creating jobs, ending poverty, providing health care to all, fighting racial injustice, ensuring access to quality education, protecting the environment (“Mother Earth”), controlling climate change, defending human rights, and destroying the state of Israel and killing or dispersing its Jewish inhabitants.
Yes, you read that right. This Harvard-educated Jewish physician thinks Israel is the veritable devil. Her foreign policy statement says so:
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.
Stein announced her candidacy on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now program, during which she answered a question about how she differed from Bernie Sanders by saying in part,
…my campaign is perhaps more critical—I would say definitely more critical—of funding for regimes like that of the Netanyahu government, which are clearly war criminals. You know, so we would not be funding the weapons used in the massacre on Gaza.
Clearly war criminals? I am sure she feels very righteous accusing us of all of these crimes, which either we haven’t committed or aren’t crimes. Except building nuclear bombs: I admit to that. If we hadn’t done that we would be gone already and she would have to be righteous about some other country.
If elected, her cabinet would include Medea Benjamin as co-Secretary of State. Benjamin, a founder of the Code Pink organization, met Hamas officials in Gaza and sympathized with their desire for “mutual respect and adherence to international law.” She also went to Iran for an anti-American and anti-Israel conference in 2014. The other co-Secretary would be Ann Wright, who sailed on the Flotilla to Gaza in 2010 and accused Israel of a “massacre of innocent civilians” in 2014. And Stein’s “Secretary of Peace” would be viciously anti-Israel David Swanson. Very peaceful.
In an interview with Ha’aretz, Stein actually blames PM Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson for recent wars, as though Hamas and its rockets didn’t exist:
There are forces in the United States that are supporting the darker forces in Israel – [people] like Sheldon Adelson, who has been supporting the Netanyahu government, subsidizing it by millions of dollars per month from what I understand…
So it’s interesting that it’s sort of [this] predatory oligarchy around the world that’s fanning the flames of war. It’s completely unacceptable and unjust that a war hawk in the United States should be inflicting a militaristic policy on Israel.
The false and libelous accusations of apartheid and war crimes would be ludicrous if they had not, by the application of Josef Goebbels’ big lie technique, already become the conventional wisdom on college campuses around the world as well as required mantras for all left-of-center politicians. As it is, we must take them seriously.
But it’s not her wrong diagnoses that are dangerous. It’s the treatment that she prescribes.
The BDS movement that she cheers calls for the dismantling of Israel’s security fence, ending the selective blockade of Gaza (military-use items are prohibited), the entry of millions of descendents of Arab refugees into Israel, and the “de-Zionization” of Israel into a binational state. If these goals were attained, of course, there would be no state of Israel. And anyone who insists that their accomplishment wouldn’t soak the land with Jewish blood is as dishonest or unaware of reality as Jill Stein.
The “nonviolent resistance” that she supports includes murder of Jews, by means of stabbing, car-ramming, stoning and burning to death. That’s violent, you say? Not according to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as long as firearms or explosives aren’t used (Abbas officially opposes the use of such weapons, but when it happens, he praises the terrorists). Arabs have never done the Gandhi thing.
Is that enough? It is for me. She obviously has Israel Derangement Syndrome, otherwise known as “the new antisemitism,” the displacement of irrational antagonism against Jews and the Jewish people to the Jewish state.
Her statement on foreign policy doesn’t mention Da’esh, Hezbollah or Iranian nukes. It doesn’t discuss Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan or the European Union. There’s no discussion of Mexico, Britain, Turkey, Pakistan, India, North Korea or Syria. Iraq is mentioned in passing (the US killed people there). Africa (except Egypt) and South America do not exist. With a passing gesture at Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, it’s all dumping on Israel, all the time.
This is because it is not intended to articulate a policy, but rather to create support by feeding the frothing-at-the-mouth Jew haters of the extreme Left. This isn’t a foreign policy, it is an obsession, an irrational, overpowering preoccupation with something, like a white whale or a Jewish state. It is a mental disorder, which Stein, whose undergraduate major included psychology, should be able to recognize.
But it’s more than just a subject for Stein and her therapist to talk about, because the folks she supports – Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran – are not just wealthy radicals playing games. They are building rockets and digging tunnels, getting ready for war. Insofar as she spreads her obsession around, it is dangerous.
Oh, there is another third party candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson running on the Libertarian party ticket. Have a look at his platform. You may or may not agree with him, but at least he doesn’t want me dead.