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Exclusive: Full Letter From 60 Black Democrats Opposing Cornel West and Bernie Sanders’ Platform Amendments

In a letter to the Democratic National Committee, 60 African-American Democratic politicians outlined their support for the 2012 Democratic Party platform language on the Middle East and Israel. The group of black leaders was organized by former South Carolina State Representative and CNN commentator, Bakari Sellers. In the letter, Sellers stated:

I believe that the Mideast planks of the previous platform were carefully crafted and have served us well as a party and a country. As Democrats…we would be well served to stick closely to our previous platform language and ensure that any changes…do nothing to undermine the principles that have given such strength and clarity to our previous platforms.

Sellers said the purpose of the letter was to express support for the 2012 language in the Democratic Platform. He and the 60 signatories, like the members of the committee that represented Hillary Clinton, oppose using “occupation” to describe the Israeli settlements and opposed the removal of the affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Sellers also directly addressed the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement:

…Anti-Semitism has been on the rise and it has taken a new form — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement known as BDS. The BDS movement is an effort to bypass direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and, instead, use economic and political pressure to force unilateral Israeli action on issues that must be resolved through talks.

Sellers’ position on BDS stands in stark contrast to the position forwarded by Platform Committee member, Professor Cornell West, during the committee meeting hearings:

We’re at a turning point now, and of course it’s going to be a slow one in the Democratic Party, but some of us will be working outside the Democratic Party to make it quicker. And that’s why I support the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction).

Cornel West made an impassioned plea for the Palestinian people that has since gone viral across multiple platforms. West stated:

“Palestinians…wrestling with occupation for 50-some years–demeaned, devalued, dominated and exploited. For too long, the Democratic Party’s been beholden to AIPAC–that didn’t take seriously the humanity of the Palestinian brothers and sisters.

According to CNN, the letter sent by Bakari Sellers was in response to the traction that Professor West’s viewpoint might have gained “in the public narrative.”

Additional questions have arisen to the motivation and purpose of the letter from Sellers. One of the most ardent voices opposing Sellers’ letter is Rania Khalek of Electronic Intifada. In an interview with the Progressive Army, Khalek stated that Sellers’ letter was an attempt to undercut Cornel West’s testimony at the hearings–undermining the grassroots movement that is, for the first time, gaining ground in solidarity with Palestinians.

In an article on Electronic Intifada, Khalek stated:

West’s and Zogby’s advocacy for Palestinian rights has been so insistent that the Clinton wing of the party has attempted to neutralize them through the most cynical form of identity politicking.

Clearly, there is no single, monolithic position that can be attributed to the Black community on the issue of Israel and Palestine. As far as opinions from the Black community, they clearly can range from Sellers to West.

The full letter from 60 Black Democrats can be found HERE and below.

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Jordan Ray
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Damn. I don’t even know Bakari and I feel like we could never be friends.

Brent Slensker
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Miriam Harris-Botzum “a “people” who were invented in the 1960’s, specifically for the purpose of destroying the Jewish state” – You’re gonna need to GET OVER that specific piece of bullshit lie real quick or you’ll find NO ONE willing to listen to your pure Zionism..

Keytiana Hempstead
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Ever!!

Rob Kennedy
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Miriam Harris-Botzum: almost as unfortunate as someone who feel strongly about disallowing a nation’s civil and human rights for no clear reason.

Jordan Ray
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Why does Bakari have the moral highground?

Rob Kennedy
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Miriam Harris-Botzum: that’s a bullshit argument, and you’d know that if you cracked a history book.

The majority of jews in Israel are of caucasian descent; from the areas of eastern Europe and western Asia. Hell, Netanyahu HIMSELF is a Jew of Polish descent.

The fact of the matter is, the only native-born Semitic people in the region are the Palestinians.

Sorry, your bible doesn’t qualify as definitive evidence of Israeli’s right to the land.

Marc Abian
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Miriam Harris-Botzum “I’m not a racist!”

“Palestinians don’t exist, because 1,300 years of Arabic references to them as a people were written in Arabic (Filistin). And Arabic doesn’t count.”

Marc Abian
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Rob Kennedy Genetically, both the people termed Palestinians and the people termed European Jews can trace about half their genetic legacy to the people who lived in the region 2,000 years ago.

The difference is that the European Jews mostly have an admixture of European DNA, while the Palestinians mostly have an admixture of Turkish, Kurdish, and Arab DNA.

In the end, if we look at who is descended from the “original” inhabitants, the answer is “Both Equally”.

Jeffrey Ngam
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Marc Abian bullshit

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Miriam Harris-Botzum All this talk about denying people’s existence seems very appropriate since the ones who denied the right to exist of Jews were the German Nazis not the Palestinians. But even before this, in Europe which is where Zionist ideology took hold which demanded the creation of a “Jewish State, there were several places in the world that were being considered for relocation from Europe. One was in the Patagonia (which bears no relation whatsoever to any biblical significance). The New Jewish Fund was created to bankroll this future relocation and settlement.And so it went that this Fund was… Read more »
Kerry Rottenstein
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Miriam Harris-Botzum – Palestinians were not invented in the 60’s…they existed for centuries and were ignored and thrown to the four winds for most of the 20th century. They have just as much of a right to exist as the Jewish people do. Hate is hate and you appear to be full of it (take that any way you want to).

Pablo Pérez
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Invented in the 1960’s? You really should read more history…As long as we’re talking about being invented, Israel was ‘invented’ in 1948…have you nothing to say about that?

Mike Flynn
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Rob Kennedy you me like usurping the land from the living inhabitants and waging a war of genocide against them, like what was done and still is happening to the Palestinians? I guess it doesn’t count if they aren’t zionists.

Mike Flynn
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff so if your neighbor is robbed, you would be fine with the cops invading somebody else’s home on the other side of the country and miving that neighbor into that house and give ownership of all within but allowing the previous owner still live only in the bathroom? then deny them the freedom to leave the bathroom for work or allow medicine and food to be brought to the bathroom. you are a prime example of how religion poisons everything. you are so damaged by it, your brain malfunctions. exodus never happened, but i am sure you… Read more »
Rob Kennedy
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Uhh, you realise you’re making the same argument as I am, right, Mike Flynn?

Barbara A Smith
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Bakari has no moral clarity except that he is morally clear on what he has to do to stay in the good graces of HRC and the DNC. Which makes him a pathetic, cowardly sellout.

Shadi Aref
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Miriam Harris-Botzum lol. Have you wondered why you have0 like’s? Because your comment is so ignorant. I can’t believe your that simple minded to believe the Zionist propaganda.

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Mike Flynn You are addressing the wrong person. I support the civil rights of Palestinians as well as their right of return.

Mike Flynn
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff damn this ipad all to hell!

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Moral clarity my ass. Try on AIPAC’s payroll.

Miriam Harris-Botzum
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That is unfortunate, that you feel such negative feelings towards someone because he has the moral clarity to stand up for what is right, even when it is unpopular.

Miriam Harris-Botzum
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Rob Kennedy

You mean the way you want to deny such rights to the Jewish people?

While claiming them for a “people” who were invented in the 1960’s, specifically for the purpose of destroying the Jewish state?

Justin Lewter
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You cannot look at the treatment of Palestinians and even African Jews and non-jews in Israel and say what they are doing is acceptable. It is an apartheid state and only a resolution to bring balance to negotiations can lead to peace. Zionists don’t really want peace. They want all of Israel. No exceptions.

Miriam Harris-Botzum
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You have been spoonfed a pack of lies, which you are repeating here. I invite you to visit Israel to see the truth for yourself. I also suggest reading some history books written by real historians, rather than the propaganda that fills the mainstream media and social media. Try a book called “From Time Immemorial”, by Joan Peters. The truth of the situation in Israel is almost the exact opposite of what you have clearly been taught. It is Jews who are indigenous to the land, and Arabs who are occupiers. And it is Arabs who practice a brutal form… Read more »
Miriam Harris-Botzum
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You have been spoonfed a pack of lies, which you are repeating here. I invite you to visit Israel to see the truth for yourself. I also suggest reading some history books written by real historians, rather than the propaganda that fills the mainstream media and social media. Try a book called “From Time Immemorial”, by Joan Peters. The truth of the situation in Israel is almost the exact opposite of what you have clearly been taught. It is Jews who are indigenous to the land, and Arabs who are occupiers. And it is Arabs who practice a brutal form… Read more »
Justin Lewter
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you are propagating falsehoods here. We wool have to disagree on which sources to trust when it comes to the history of Israel. But as for the present, there is plenty of documented evidence regarding the treatment of African refugees, Ethiopian Jews and Palestinians. Check points and walls, routine destruction of homes, murder of children, is horrible enough, but the state even regulates the caloric intake of the folks trapped in the Gaza strip and West Bank. It is an Apartheid state and rightwing Zionists are to blame. https://youtu.be/Ebrf1VmtW1g

Justin Lewter
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Joan Peters is not a historian.

Asher B. Garber
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Justin Lewter Joan Peters was a journalist, and her book From Time Immemorial has about 300 pages of appendices and references. So she’s got a lot more cred than, say, you do.

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Miriam Harris-Botzum You are the ones propogating lies. I would recommend you read the outstanding book by Israeli Jewish historian, Ilan Pappe ” The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”.

Hasan Salaam
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Miriam Harris-Botzum you clearly don’t know history. Those are white people from Europe. They have no claim to that land. That is one of the biggest lies told on earth.

Justin Lewter
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Asher B. Garber and still she is NOT an historian, as was implied by Miriam. I have not claimed the title so your point is not relevant to the exchange. Make it a great day.

Elizabeth Schwartz
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You should read more news sources. Tell me how many South African blacks under Apartheid were allowed to attend university (let alone graduate with their Master’s degrees, as Omar Barghouti did from Tel Aviv University) or serve in the government… let alone vote or be allowed to drink from water fountains. You seriously have no idea what Apartheid is, and you do a major injustice to those who truly suffered under it.

Elizabeth Schwartz
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Hasan Salaam And the 1 million ME Jews expelled from their ancestral homes in 1948… came via Poland?

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Elizabeth Schwartz, There are hundreds of laws that make it abundantly clear that Israel has separate laws for Palestinians vs Israeli Jews. A good place to verify this is the site ItIsApartheid.org. There is no equality under the law not for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories nor in Jerusalem nor in “Israel proper”. In the latter, Palestinians are not even allowed to refer to themselves as Palestinians but rather Israeli Arabs. The Palestinian members of the Knesset have faced detention for voicing opposition to Israeli government unjust detention policies, collective punishment policies, and housing demolition policies towards Palestinians as well… Read more »
Miriam Harris-Botzum
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff So if Jews are supposedly from Europe, why does our DNA trace back to Israel, while Arab DNA traces back to Arabia? And why do all the older historical relics and archaeological finds in Israel have Hebrew writing, and references to Biblical figures, like King David? Why did Arab writers of the first millennium write about the “glorious” Arab conquests and colonization of other lands, including Israel? Why did Arab leaders a century ago brag about the fact that their mosque is built over the remains of our Temple? Use some simple logic – the mosque is… Read more »
Jordan Ray
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Maybe you should visit the communities outside of Israel? I don’t like to argue with stupid people, especially the willfully ignorant.

Elizabeth Schwartz
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff Why would I “verify” a claim that is spurious because there’s a website for it?

Corey Finnegan
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Clearly, there were people who lived in what is today called Israel before the original Hebrews came; in the Bible they were slaughtered and their land was taken. I’m assuming you subscribe to the idea that this was God’s wish. What you’re arguing is the inherent privilige of one religious/ethnic group over all others. That is tribalism, that is ethno-centrism, and it has enabled the most horrific atrocities – including, as you must know, the Holocaust. And no, it’s not at all what God wants for humanity – quite the opposite.

Marc Abian
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Desmond Tutu knows more about Apartheid than you do.

Period.

Marc Abian
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Elizabeth Schwartz The migration of the Mizrahim to Israel came AFTER the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians from within the 67 lines.

It cannot be used as a justification for a crime against humanity which predated it.

Marc Abian
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Corey Finnegan The actual archeological truth is that Judiasm arose from within the population living in the Levant. There was no conquest by some mythical army of former slaves fleeing Egypt.

There is no evidence for the Biblical narrative, and genetically the DNA recovered from 3,500 year old tombs matches the DNA recovered from 2,200 year old tombs.

Marc Abian
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Elizabeth Schwartz Israel supported Apartheid South Africa and even gave them the bomb. Israel was the last nation on Earth to finally stop selling arms to South Africa.

I’d suggest you stop claiming South Africans don’t know what Apartheid is.

Justin Lewter
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Elizabeth Schwartz you named one person as if the exception disproves the rule. You sound very much like many Whites here in the U.S. One success story by the oppressor’s standard aquits them of all wrong doing toward the overwhelming majority of the oppressed. The evidence no matter the justification: religious, historical or otherwise, does not excuse man’s inhumanity to man.

Hextor X Delgado
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Miriam Harris-Botzum <— Is full of shit and most probably a paid Israeli propagandist becasue nobody is this fucking stupid.

Brent Slensker
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Miriam Harris-Botzum From Time Immemorial- …. critics, including Noam Chomsky, Edward Said and Yehoshua Porath, followed Finkelstein’s criticism and called the book “ludicrous”, “worthless” and a “forgery”.

Marc Abian
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Hextor X Delgado But people really are that stupid. They really, truly are. Israeli Jews are taught in school that literally no one lived in Palestine but a few thousand Beduin, and a bunch of Egyptians rushed in after Jewish Colonists arrived because they hated Jews and wanted to kill them. They’re taught that in 1948 Palestinians all packed up and left of their own free will simply because they wanted to. There was no ethnic cleansing. They’re taught that Arabs are a defective form of humanity, that they’re savage and stupid and untrustworthy and naturally violent. The average Jewish… Read more »
Pablo Pérez
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Asher B. Garber Peter’s book has been shown to be fraudulent and chock full of outright lies…

Asher B. Garber
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Justin Lewter A great day will be done the moment people like you stop wasting your energies by trying to deny a Judaic claim to a land that has been in my people’s focus, if not possession, for over 5000 years. If you want to suggest that a journalist can not be a historian, and that through some sort of etymology, you are right (or something), then congratulations on continuing to throw shade on light and falsehood onto truth. A great day, Sir, is one when Palestinians and their supporters actually strive for peace rather than strife. But I don’t… Read more »
William Carr
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Miriam Harris-Botzum “It is Jews who are indigenous to the land, and Arabs who are occupiers.” {facepalm} Uh, no… you have it wrong. The ancient Hebrews and the ancient Arabs come from Abraham. Until the storied emigration to Egypt they lived in the same area. Eerie coincidence; the Hebrews escaped Egypt, then butchered their way back into the Semite ancestral land they hadn’t occupied for 400 years. And in the 20th Century, the Jews returned AGAIN, and they’re butchering anyone who gets in their way, taking a land they hadn’t occupied for 2,000 years. Don’t take that as my supporting… Read more »
Justin Lewter
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Asher B. Garber very poetic. Are you suggesting all peoples dispossessed of their lands at any point in time violently reclaim those lands? Or are you simply creating a special exemption for People of the Jewish faith? Just admit it: Zionists have no desire or interest in allowing Palestinians or largely Brown/Black ppl for that matter to co-exist in what is today Israel, in any significant numbers. If you did you would not continue to settle more lands in spite of international law. Zionists intend to cleanse the land with priority given to European Jews over all other ppl of… Read more »
SisterElaine Muhummad
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Justin Lewter and don’t forget the horrific sterilization programs against the Black African Ethiopians. This is a fact. A scientific and racist fact. So Zionism does take action against innocent parties while in their powerful lopsided position. Pack up your illegal settlements and go back to a land which can be agreed upon.

Roger Choate
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Arabs cannot practice Apartheid, since they are not in control.

Mike Flynn
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Marc Abian lol boy you sure are damaged, the jews were never slaves in egypt, except in your books of fairytales.

Denise Johnson
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Miriam Harris-Botzum
Is it not true that Israel supplied arms to the South Africa apartheid regime?

Mehdi Patel
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Justin Lewter the number of palestians who can trace their fam trees and homes back centuries must outnumber istaelis. 1000 to 1

Justin Lewter
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Mehdi Patel True indeed.

Brandon Slattery
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Archbishop Desmond Tutu LIVED in South Africa under the Apartheid regime, and he thinks Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is WORSE!

Susan Eacker
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Then I wonder why none other than former President Jimmy Carter has called Israel “an apartheid state”?

Barbara A Smith
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Miriam Harris-Botzum “From Time Immemorial” has been thoroughly debunked by a Norman Finklestein, a Jewish professor. There is absolutely NO archeological evidence for an ancient Jewish state in what is now present-day Palestine. “From Time Immemorial” is just Zionist propaganda.

Barbara A Smith
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Asher B. Garber Faked. Anyone can put in questionable references into a fake book.

Shadi Aref
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Miriam Harris-Botzum wow. You really are a Zionist puppet.

Joe Casey
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Miriam Harris-Botzum Time immemorial was long ago exposed as a blatant fraud. And you are suggesting it as a source for truth? Yikes.

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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Justin Lewter They also completely cut off water (which was already rationed) supply during Ramadan.
Zionists are evil incarnate.

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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Elizabeth Schwartz Nakba.

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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Elizabeth Schwartz Why don’t you just call Nelson Mandela an anti-Semite? He opposed the apartheid in Israel.

Tom Lawrence
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Shameful.

Keytiana Hempstead
Guest

They are conflating Anti-Zionism and Anti-Occupation with Anti-Semitism. Colonized Democrats that do not represent all Black people clearly.

Asher B. Garber
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Zionism is Judaic Autonomy. Maybe you don’t understand the issues? Since you’re a logical person, and a historian, can you explain how the 3000 year old temple built by invaders ended up underneath the 700 year old mosque built by the indigenous folks? Thanks!

Nicolas G. Vega-Frey
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Asher B. Garber arabs are semites. what if someone bulldozed ur home, would u be happy?

Mike G Mason
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Asher B. Garber Ever heard of ther Cannites? that lived in the in Land before the Exodous? It is in the Torah

Elizabeth Schwartz
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Nicolas G. Vega-Frey Well, this is an old one, so let me trot out an oldie (but a goodie) in response: The term “anti-Semitism” was coined in the 19th Century and specifically and solely means “Jew hatred”. Nice try, though.

Pete Cook
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Nicolas G. Vega-Frey Anti-Semitism is a meaningless word in this context. Jew hater is much more apt

Jordan Ray
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Elizabeth Schwartz How convenient.

Marc Abian
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Asher B. Garber The Torah is not a historical document. No one who treats it as one can be taken seriously by reasonable people.

Keytiana Hempstead
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Asher B. Garber when Zionism comes at the expense of marginalizing other people, becoming an apartheid state and essentially becoming another colonizer, you can no longer say it’s just about autonomy. One can be against present day occupations and colonialism that is the new Zionism while not being Anti-Semetic. That is the problem. Anyone who criticizes Israel is all of a sudden Anti-Semetic.

Asher B. Garber
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Nicolas G. Vega-Frey I didn’t know that etymology was the sole focus as to why it’s okay to attack Israelis and Jews as if they are invaders to the Middle East. Good job, Nick, at providing nothing but lameass allegations. That is what the Palestinian crew is good at. Throwing shade and denying culpablity, all the while demanding others damn the Jews of Israel. Good times with brainless bozos. That’s the online Middle East debate subculture.

Asher B. Garber
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Mike G Mason Uhhhh…. The Temple. How did that end up underneath the Mosque. That was the question. Do you not want to answer? You guys are pathetic.

Asher B. Garber
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Marc Abian Again, the Temple with the Wall is underneath the Mosque. How did that occur?

Asher B. Garber
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Keytiana Hempstead Another person who doesn’t want to ansswer the simple question. So here’s the answer: The Jews have always been in Israel. The Jews are not White People vis-a-vis the Colored People of Arabia. When you figure that out, then history becomes easier to grasp. There is no Apartheid. Sorry. And you only insult your own people by claiming Israel is an Apartheid state. Because the Arabs in Israel have been afforded all the liberties and right to life that Mandela had demanded when he was sent to prison. Think about that, if you can. Maybe you’ve been sold… Read more »
Kerry Rottenstein
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Elizabeth Schwartz – That was then, this is now. In the 21st Century, we have expanded our hatred categories. (What a stupid argument!)

Kerry Rottenstein
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Jordan Ray -Seriously. A more specious argument than Elizabeth Schwartz’s I cannot remember ever hearing!

Mike G Mason
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If the Torah is not a historical document then then i dont know what qualifies as a historical document. It is closer to a primary source then anything you can cite. And the mosque vs temple thing is irrellevent. Early cananites were not necessarily muslims. And regardless nothing that happened a thousand years ago justified forcibly removing families from their homes and buldozing them. And these fascade conflicts thay resemble genocide when 10 israelis die but they kill a 1000 palistinians. Thats not a war. Its a slaughter

Mike G Mason
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And i am tired of my tax dollars going to prop up that governement but we are cutting education spending in our cities. 3 billion a year so they can kill palistinians

Roger Choate
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Nicolas G. Vega-Frey You are correct. Arabs ARE Semites.

Roger Choate
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Elizabeth Schwartz Coined perhaps—by an ignorant person–as we can see.

Roger Choate
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Keytiana Hempstead There are differences between being anti-zionist & anti-jew & anti-semetic. I’m anti-zionist.

Roger Choate
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Mike G Mason The Canaanites–no?

Yousef Abudayyeh
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Asher B. Garber What are you smoking? The zionists colonizers been digging under the Aqsa Mosque since 1967 – 48 years now and they reached the other side of the World and could not find one shred of evidence of the dream temple you and the rest of the racist zionist speak of. Wake up and try to become a decent human being

Barbara A Smith
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Mike G Mason Do you really believe those Old Testament accounts are factually historical? They’re not; they’re merely mythological.

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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These 60 politicians would have been among the ones calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist.

Asher B. Garber
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Hate much?

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Asher B. Garber actually, no. I am motivated by love. Love for Palestinian children as well as Israeli jewish children. Apartheid is bad for the oppressor too because it gives them a false sense of superiority and insulates them from the life enhancing and culturally rewarding experience of being truly friends with your neighbor on an equal footing. Israeli jewish settlers are usually not very welcome anywhere else in the world because they hold very racist and intolerant views of people that are different. The experience of white South Africans can attest to the transformation of their culture in good… Read more »
Elizabeth Schwartz
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff Do you love 13 year-old girls who are murdered in their beds?

Jordan Ray
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Elizabeth Schwartz Do you love little boys shelled by Israeli ships while they play on the beach? Fucking sociopath.

Marc Abian
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Jordan Ray The answer is clear.

She does.

Russell Mondy
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Democrats fought for the sanctions that helped to eventually bring down Apartheid.

Marc Abian
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Russell Mondy Not until the 1980’s, when they had to act or risk losing primary challenges.

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Russell Mondy The Dems responded only after the BDS movement had spread to university campuses and achieved major divestment victories. They risked losing young voters then too. Back then they cared about keeping voters. Now apparently they don’t.

Marc Abian
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff When the first Pro-Apartheid Democrat loses the first primary to an anti-Racist challenger, their position will start shifting.

Asher B. Garber
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff You obviously don’t love Israeli children because you’re seemingly okay with them being shot at with missiles from Gaza, or stabbed in bed while they sleep. Because of something or other, you refuse to hold the Palestinians accountable for their own actions. If a Separtion Barrier is going to stop Palestinians from murdering Jewish children eating pizza or going to a dance club, then guess what’s going to happen? That wall will be built, and your pissant crying and hate monger bullshit ain’t gonna change that. The Palestinians have spent the last 9 months murdering Jews in… Read more »
Jacqueline Luqman
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Asher B. Garber The Palestinian people were evicted from the land they have lived on for centuries by a British government that wanted Jewish support during war. The Palestinians were supposed to not be abused or have their rights violated in any way by the Israeli government after the creation of the state of Israel, but Israel broke every single one of the rules outlining the observance of the rights of Palestinian poeple. The popular belief among many Israelis is that there were no people in the region when Israel was created – meaning they don’t consider the Palestinians human… Read more »
Roger Choate
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Elizabeth Schwartz I do. Exactly as much as I love Palestinian children killed when their home is levelled by Israeli rockrt fire.

Roger Choate
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Jacqueline Luqman AMAZING & accurate reply!!

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber Not MUCH. These Dem might qualify, tho. Pity–@ least.

Russell Mondy
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Marc Abian I seriously doubt there was primary challenges based on sanctions. I’d like to see evidence of that.

Shadi Aref
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Elizabeth Schwartz I really hope your talking about the Palestinian girl. Or what about the darwabish family that was lit on fire while they slept killed all but one small 4 yr old. Who was severely burned. What makes me sick and furious is the Israeli settler terrorist did 3 months with a smile and was paraded around al qudis like a hero. Israeli society is sick. Very sick.

Joe Casey
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Elizabeth Schwartz You are referring to the hundreds of Gaza kids the Israeli blew to bits in 2014, no? No? They don’t count? Only Israelis?

Gyasi Williams
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Does anyone have the list of the 60 “Colonized Democrats” that signed this insanity?

Asher B. Garber
Guest

I can see you’re not interested in doing your own research. That must be why you hold a false sense of history regarding Jews and Israel.

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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I also want to know who are the other signatories? Has anyone found a list anywhere?

Ron Lester Whyte
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shame! shame! This business as usual crap is what’s going to turn independents and prograssives off. We will stay home on election day and Trump will win.

Elizabeth Schwartz
Guest

Great, then take responsibility for it.

Sha Dixon
Guest

Or vote for Jill Stein.

Marc Abian
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Elizabeth Schwartz If Trump wins, the only people to blame are the crazed Racists who hate Arabs so much that they nominated Clinton.

Deangelo King
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Elizabeth Schwartz, I’ll take responsibility. I don’t know who I’m responsible to but I’ll own Trump winning. I might vote for him if it comes down to him or Hilary.

Kerry Rottenstein
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Sha Dixon – Or Ralph Nadar. Maybe we can get “W” back? BULLSHIT!

Byron Ellis
Guest

Ron the choice is not between HARCane Trump, there are other candidates which the media ignores. So, go out and vote for Dr. stein of the Green Party, off course check their platform before voting, you will be pleasantly surprise. Also, introduce your family, friends, and strangers to the Green Party and lest shock the duopolistic political system.

Jeannine Jb Coleman
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Don’t stay home, Ron, If Hillary is the nominee, the Dems will lose the WH. If Hillary is the nominee, there will be a mass exodus from the Democratic party after the convention. There are several progressive groups that are attempting to form a third party. Write in Bernie if you can. If not, vote Green and PLEASE vote for Berniecrats down ballot. We must take back the Senate and hopefully a few seats in the House as well.

Rey León
Guest

Can anyone say “SELLOUTS!”

Byron Ellis
Guest

Let’s send uncle Tom Bakari and the Democratic Party a message and chose Dr. Jill Stein instead of HRC.

Kerry Rottenstein
Guest

Hell to the no!

Roger Choate
Guest

If we could actually get Stein.

Joe Ruf
Guest

Lol. Bakari didn’t write that He just signed it.

Asher B. Garber
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It’s interesting that Electronic Intifada is considered a source of information. Intifada, for those unaware, is the term Palestinians and their supporters use to describe their revolutionary standards of blowing up buses in the ’80s (the 1st Intifada); blowing up pizzerias, dance clubs, and hotel ballrooms in the ’00s (the 2nd Intifada); and stabbing and ramming people (with cars) in the street (currently happening for the past 9 months, aka the 3rd Intifada). In other words, Intifada is a Lynching of sorts. Just so you know. When you quote a writer from the Electronic Intifada, you are quoting somebody who… Read more »
Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Says a supporter of a government that has waged 3 major bombing campaigns within the space of 10 years on a population that is under seige. Some of these campaigns have used white phosphorus, as well as bombed schools, hospitals and entire neighborhoods. Your Public Relations Hasbara bullshit wont work here. Go earn your blood money someplace else.
People have reliable eyewitness accounts thanks to social media so literally, THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING while your government assasins (IDF) ripped the limbs off children with your bombs.

Asher B. Garber
Guest

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff So what you’re saying is, Hamas can shoot 10,000 missiles into Israel because you, Elizabeth Milos Rieloff, says so. Well, the world doesn’t work that way. You don’t a war with Israel? Don’t start a war with Israel. Is that Hasbara? Does that blow your mind? The fact you can’t read the news without conspiracies makes you pathetic. GFY.

Asher B. Garber
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff P.S. Maybe you can stick to the subjet of the comment you’re replying to which is that a news source which names itself after numerous lynching campaigns shouldn’t be taken seriously. Especially considering the history of lynchings in America. Would you take David Duke has to say about Fergusson seriously? I wouldn’t. But you’re special. You would if it fits your narrative. Disgusting and pathetic. Congrats on futility.

Corey Finnegan
Guest

You’re conflating the word ‘intifada’ with support for violence, which is false. The term was used predominantly by nonviolent protesters, and it more or less translates as “to shake off”, and is usually translated as ‘uprising’ or ‘resistance’. The fact that for some Palestinians ‘intifada’ has been carried out with violence is inexcusable, though understandable given the crushing oppression they live under. To give an analogy, someone who supports ‘Black Power’ should not be immediately assumed to support violence, just because the Black Panther Party did. Not that you seem to care much about understanding the Palestinian point of view.

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff
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Asher B. Garber Wow. “10,000 missiles” seems to be a nice round PR number to quote. There were hundreds of international organizations that attested to the incredibly one sided and disproportionate use of force by the IDF against civilian populations and this was made quite evident in the harrowingly lopsided casualty and maiming and overall destruction of entire neighborhoods and entire families. 300 Holocaust survivors and their families signed a letter to that effect. Israel again committed war crimes which has caused many Jewish Israeli citizens to renounce their Israeli citizenship due to shame. Many IDF soldiers committed suicide afterwards… Read more »
Asher B. Garber
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Elizabeth Milos Rieloff It was actually more than 10,000, but who are you to accept those numbers? Between May and August 2014, Hamas shot between 100-250 missiles a day until they agreed to a cease fire. But you, the person who claims that all Israel supporters aren’t to be trust BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT ISRAEL, AND NO OTHER REASON, wants a better reason for why Israel “conducts 3 massive bombing campaigns.” It’s like I have to go over the rule of war with you. Like I have to sit you down and have a discussion about world history. Like I have… Read more »
Asher B. Garber
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Corey Finnegan An Intifada is a Violent Uprising. Don’t bullshit with me, Corey. But you want to know what I know about the Palestinian perspective? Let’s start with history. The Palestinians of today were simply Arabs of yesterday, because the Palestinians of yesterday are the Israelis of today. I mean, you’re all about etymology, so let’s get that straight. Palestinians didn’t self-identify until after Arafat came to the table and began killing Jordanians (the original Arab state of Palestinian mandate) in 1970. Still with me? That was called Black Friday, and they protested the way Jordan treated Palestinian Arabs. The… Read more »
Brent Slensker
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Asher B. Garber Those “10,000 missiles” the Palestinians are shooting at you are useless toys. They are shooting them at you because you ARE STEALING THEIR LAND!

Asher B. Garber
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Brent Slensker If I threw 10,000 eggs at your house, the police would arrest me. If I shot 10,000 rounds into the air, the police would shoot me. But I guess those don’t work when you’re pounding the keyboard about a land you clearly have no idea about. BS are great initials for you.

So just to be clear. You’re totally cool with starting wars and murdering Israelis because you think the Israelis are stealing land. And you live in New Mexico? Are you for real?

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber Israel STARTED the war!

Roger Choate
Guest

Asher B. Garber An ‘intifada’ is a struggle. England had no right to create Israel.

Yousef Abudayyeh
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The easiest and fastest way to stop this is for the settlers to get the hell back to where they came from . What do you expect occupied people to do ? send their oppressors and occupiers a bouquet of flowers?

Brandon Slattery
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Corey Finnegan go fuck yourself for calling legitimate resistance “inexcusable!” Go take your imperialist moralism somewhere else! It is right to rebel against imperialism!

Roger Choate
Guest

Asher B. Garber I don’t CARE who Israelis make peace deals with. I don’t CARE which shrine is built on which shrine. If Jews had been in control @ the time–it wouldn’t have been,

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber I don’t CARE who Israelis make peace deals with. I don’t CARE which shrine is built on which shrine. If Jews had been in control @ the time–it wouldn’t have been,

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber I don’t CARE who Israelis make peace deals with. I don’t CARE which shrine is built on which shrine. If Jews had been in control @ the time–it wouldn’t have been,

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber I don’t CARE who Israelis make peace deals with. I don’t CARE which shrine is built on which shrine. If Jews had been in control @ the time–it wouldn’t have been,

Roger Choate
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Asher B. Garber I don’t CARE who Israelis make peace deals with. I don’t CARE which shrine is built on which shrine. If Jews had been in control @ the time–it wouldn’t have been,

Shadi Aref
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Your a fucking idiot. Intefada means uprising. And we Palestinians have the right to resist these Eastern European occupiers. What kind of man should let someone come to his motherland and declare it a Jewish state and force all the rightful owners out. Before 1948 under Muslim governance Jews Muslims and Christians where living together as brothers as Palestinians. Palestinian Jews native tongue is Arabic and they reject the Zionist state till this day.

Shadi Aref
Guest

Elizabeth Milos Rieloff you are awesome. Your human. Everyone who disagrees with you is NOT HUMAN. Thank you for being human Liz.

Ali Amireh
Guest

Standing with the Palestinian people is the right thing to do, it’s Sad specially when it comes from our African American brothers and sisters. Justice

Sha Dixon
Guest

We don’t agree with Bakari or anyone else who does. Bakari does not represent us.

Denise Johnson
Guest

Please know that not all African Americans agree with Bakari and the 60 others who signed his letter. I and many, many Black Americans stand in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

Gyasi Williams
Guest

Asher B. Garber = Classic Troll (everyone please avoid)

Elizabeth Schwartz
Guest

But you’re not?

Joey Wehrlie
Guest

Elizabeth Schwartz he avoided you pretty well there Beth. Sqwak.

Fred Smith
Guest

Another example of politicians ensuring profit from persecution! Israel does nothing for America, and in turn America treats it better than any of the 50 states. The human rights police turn a blind eye, and when people do speak up, they are labeled antisemitic and bigots, sounds so familiar to agenda powerful people want to progress, free of any opposition! How do you really think any of these people can care about “black” issues, if they are cool with the oppression of another class of people? Just because they are black, doesn’t mean a thing!

Elizabeth Schwartz
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I don’t recall anyone in the South during the fight for Civil Rights stabbing 13 year-old girls in their sleep. Stop equating Palestinians with Civil Rights heroes, and stop equating Israelis as South Africans imposing Apartheid. These are false narratives that do nothing to promote peace in the region, and do nothing to actually help the Palestinian cause. Sellers is spot on.

David Berk
Guest

Perhaps you should stop throwing out stereotypes and racist, blanket assertions about an entire nation of people without a shred of evidence to back them up. And perhaps you should check your own glass house before throwing “false narrative” stones wildly.

Marc Abian
Guest

You’re the kind of person who would claim Nat Turners Rebellion justified slavery.

Corey Finnegan
Guest

Hey, Bakari Sell-Out – I’m sorry, Sellers – progressives are paying attention to this.

Sha Dixon
Guest

Boycott Bakari!

Marc Abian
Guest

Anti-Arab Racism is the water Democrats swim in. It’s the air they breathe. They cannot even call a military occupation an “occupation”, because only people can be occupied and Democrats are in agreement that Arabs are not people.

A vote for this party is a vote for Apartheid.

Yousef Abudayyeh
Guest

Well said

Hextor X Delgado
Guest

Where are the names of the 60 Democrats who have exposed their own irrelevancy and will soon be seeking new employment?

Johnny Metall
Guest

Synopsys: Bakari Sellers is a sell-out and a shill.
What a suprise.

Keisha Honey Lewis
Guest

Was the list removed because it is the only thing I can’t view?

Pat McHan Henslee
Guest

why is West even involved? He’s a No Body. Both him and sanders are not Democrats. Get lost.

Brandon Slattery
Guest

And then you wonder why people don’t want to join your party.

Maxine Samuels
Guest

I stand with Israel as Jesus stands with me. Israel is a chosen nation, God said it. Jesus Christ, the only true God is great.

Jordan Ray
Guest

Didn’t realize we lived in a theocracy.

Shadi Aref
Guest
Open your eyes man. Do you think Israeli Jews respect Christianity. Think again. Just duly tube it brother. I hate seeing someone so blinded. They mock Jesus Christ Daily. May peace be upon him. You should be standing with the Palestinian Christians who are the oldest Christian community in the world and they are being run out of there homeland. Denied entry into there beloved churches in Jerusalem. Nearly 40 % of Palestine was Christian. Now I shake my head at guys like you when it’s Sunday in Jerusalem and the churches and almost empty. Palestinian Christians and Muslims are… Read more »
Kia Eccentric McCool
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This letter is absolute, utter garbage. Why are the Establishment “black leader” Democrats working so hard for their closet-White-Supremacist, racist Puppet Masters? Do they no realize that they are being used as black-face, in order to catapult the New World Order agenda? This is so embarassing and the more that the Clinton powerhouse/George Soros uses AFRICAN AMERICANS/BLACK PEOPLE as BLACK-FACE for their bullshite, the more and more that I despise the Democratic party. There is is much to say but I am just going to put this here for now. Just WOW! Please someone make them stop this madness.

Robert Westie
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sad really for these poor black guys. All the white and Israelie ass they kiss they will still be seen as black by the two most racist groups around. I think it´s called digging your own grave.

Akinwumi Oyebade
Guest

who made these 60 imbeciles opinion more relevant than the rest of the people?

Denise Johnson
Guest

Yes, This letter does not represent the views of all African Americans!

Min David L Dillard
Guest

Marc Lamont, you’re wrong wrong and wrong. When the Palestinians acknwledge Israel as a nation and a people, stop supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups, then and only then, will Palestine be accepted as a ligitimate cause. Get real man.

Mehdi Patel
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I can kill hrc and the dnc integrity…..in 93 hrc supported all aipac positions…1. 2 s s….viable and contiguous…..she kissed arafats wife….she wanted peres to win 96 election not netanyahu …she supported oslo…today aipac and hrc have backtraked on all these positions. ….she has moved away from.peace and encouraged netayahu and israel intrinsigence….she and the us r complicit with eretz israeli expansionism

Genia Miles Webb
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@barkarisellers. Is an add and he works for Clinton

Barbara A Smith
Guest

Chalk another one up for the U S. contractors who sell weapons of war to Israel. If I were in charge, I’d cut off those Israeli S.O.B.s so fast they’d have to stop their occupation immediately or risk being occupied themselves–by whom, I wouldn’t care. Iran might be good candidate.

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