WATCH: Sanders nominee behind Palestinian dwindle DNC criticism vows to continue onslaught for on-going change
August 1, 2016 - accent chair
At a 2016 Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders representatives lifted an emanate about that a Democratic Party has prolonged remained silent: Israel’s hardship of a Palestinian people.
Several Sanders representatives also lifted Palestinian flags on a building of a gathering in criticism of a Democratic Party’s refusal to reject Israel’s bootleg 49-year troops occupation.
One Sanders nominee from Florida, Ali Kurnaz, stood on his chair and reason adult a Palestinian dwindle during a opinion to adopt a celebration platform.
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Two other Sanders representatives from North Carolina, Ray McKinnon and Sebastian Feculak, also lifted a Palestinian dwindle in criticism on a DNC floor.
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Throughout a convention, Ali Kurnaz wore pro-Palestinian symbols, including a kufiyah (a normal scarf) and a pin that review “Progressive for Palestine.”
Salon interviewed Kurnaz during a DNC, seeking him about Israel-Palestine, Clinton and a destiny of a transformation started by Sanders.
“The predicament of a Palestinian people is an emanate that mostly gets ignored in American politics, unfortunately,” Kurnaz said.
“The Palestinian-Israeli dispute has always been a banned emanate when it comes to Democratic circles,” he continued. “It is since it’s always been something that both Republicans and Democrats determine on. And what they determine on is that we contingency be 100-percent, staunchly and invariable in a support for Israel.”
“That, we think, overlooks pivotal problems, because, when we have an fan and we’re fearful to impugn a ally, it means that we overlook,” he added.
Kurnaz applauded Sanders for creation swell on Israel-Palestine and entrance out resolutely in support of Palestinian rights. Sanders done a emanate a pivotal partial of his campaign, and appointed several pro-Palestinian voices to a height drafting committee.
In a Democratic presidential discuss in Brooklyn in April, Sanders called out Clinton for ignoring a hardship of a Palestinians. He cursed Israel’s jagged and unenlightened conflict on Gaza in a summer of 2014 and emphasized, “we are going to have to provide a Palestinian people with honour and dignity.”
“It was kind of revelation that this is an emanate that is now being finally brought to a forefront of American policy,” Kurnaz said. “And it is mostly interjection to Senator Bernie Sanders for including it in his platform.”
Kurnaz pronounced he was severely unsettled by a debates on a DNC platform. He watched a Democratic height drafting cabinet assembly in St. Louis and attended a assembly in Orlando.
At these meetings, a members of a height cabinet allocated by Sanders due dual Israel-Palestine-related amendments: One that would call for an finish to Israel’s bootleg troops occupation, and another that would acknowledge a U.N. news that Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020.
Members of a height cabinet who were allocated by Hillary Clinton voted unanimously against these amendments. (The Democratic Party height is non-binding.)
“These are unequivocally commonsense amendments to a platform,” Kurnaz told Salon. “Unfortunately, a reason since they didn’t make it into a height was since of a Hillary delegation.”
“I was unequivocally upset. And when we came to a convention, we motionless that we wanted to make a statement,” he added.
When Kurnaz stood adult with a flag, he pronounced a response to his criticism “fell along a claimant lines.”
Fellow “Bernie representatives were unequivocally supportive,” Kurnaz recalled. They helped him mount on a chair and keep his balance. Another Florida Bernie Sanders delegate, Ahmed Bedier, told Salon that he also helped Ali reason a flag.
Hillary Clinton delegates, on a other hand, were antagonistic, Kurnaz recollected. Clinton representatives from Florida reason adult their signs to try to retard his flag. “One of them indeed grabbed a dilemma of a dwindle and attempted to rip it out of my hands,” he said.
In a interview, Kurnaz criticized Hillary Clinton for her staunch support of a increasingly extreme, far-right Israeli government. In November, Clinton wrote an open letter pledging to “reaffirm a unbreakable holds of loyalty and togetherness between” a U.S. and Israel — including a tough worried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Clinton betrothed to entice Netanyahu to a White House in her initial month in office. Kurnaz pronounced that her oath shows that “Hillary Clinton is going to be unequivocally unilateral when coming this issue.”
Kurnaz argued that this kind of impassioned pro-Israel fanaticism will be an barrier to peace, job on Clinton to not entice Netanyahu to a White House and to instead “sit everybody down during a list and work this out.”
Despite a setbacks, a Sanders nominee and on-going romantic pronounced he will continue fighting.
“I have always been a progressive, and we consider that Senator Bernie Sanders is finally a claimant who I’ve been acid for my whole domestic life,” Kurnaz said. “He has fought energetically on a good understanding of issues and he’s non-stop adult conversations that have never unequivocally been non-stop adult before.”
Sanders and his supporters have a nuanced viewpoint on these issues, he noted, “whereas unfortunately with Hillary Clinton’s delegation, with her process positions that she’s put into a platform, it seems like it’s left deceptive and open to interpretation. And we trust that’s intentional.”
“There isn’t a cult of celebrity here,” Kurnaz explained. “I consider everybody my age, all a millennials, are galvanized by a 74-year-old white man from Vermont with a humorous accent. It’s since of a issues that he has been fighting for all of his life.”
“And we wish to continue that movement by fighting for on-going values and teach those policies into a laws.”