Daily Israel Report

Democrats of North Carolina Consider Anti-Israel Resolution

The North Carolina Democratic Party is considering passing a resolution that would criticize Israel for “illegal occupation of Palestine."
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 6/20/2012, 10:53 PM

A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana  
A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana  
Reuters

The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is considering passing a resolution that would criticize Israel for its “illegal occupation of Palestine,” The Daily Caller reported.

While the resolution did not pass at this weekend’s NCDP state convention, it was tabled to be considered at a later date.

It attacks the United States for providing Israel with “$3 billion annually in military aid,” while the “Israeli occupation, disenfranchisement and impoverishment of significant numbers of the Palestinian population, and Israel’s overwhelming military might and its role as the only nuclear power threaten stability in a region witnessing increased demands for democracy and an end to autocratic rule.”

In the resolution, which is titled “Bringing a Just Peace to the Middle East: Israel and Palestine,” the authors accuse Israel of using “this aid to continue its illegal occupation, demolition of Palestinian homes, expansion of existing illegal settlements built on expropriated Palestinian land, and a continued blockade of essential goods from Gaza, a blockade causing a U.N.-documented humanitarian crisis.”

The resolution also says that the United States’ aid causes “violence and insecurity to Israelis, Palestinians, and helps subvert any prospect for peace.” It goes on to accuse Israel of “human rights violations” and “illegal occupation” that “violate international and U.S. law.”

If passed, the resolution would mean the NCDP “would hold its elected congress members and senators accountable for helping end our government’s role in continuing the Israeli Palestinian tragedy by making the human rights of both peoples central to U.S. foreign policy, by ending Israel’s illegal occupation, by advocating for a viable Palestinian state, and membership of that state in the United Nations.”

It would also mean the NCDP would advocate its congressional delegation bring “all parties, including Hamas, to the table to negotiate an end to the Israeli Occupation and a secure peace based on the 1967 borders,” among other things, noted The Daily Caller.

While the resolution was the only one that did not pass at Saturday’s NCDP convention, it is still being seriously considered by party members, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

Arutz Sheva was unable to receive information on the initiators of the resolution.