Amidst Boos And Multiple Votes, DNC Reverses Position And Reinstates Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital, Going Against International Law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Wednesday voice on the floor of the Democratic convention put the party in two awkward binds — pitting them against both official U.S. policy and many of their own delegates.
The Democrats restored language affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and putting mentions of God back into their platforms in a quick voice vote that the Democratic chair declared had passed. A Democratic source says that President Obama personally interevened to change the language. Convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa held three voice votes — two of which failed, before Villaraigosa declared the third passed with a two-third majority.
After passage, boos were heard in the convention hall — prompting RNC spokesman Tim Miller to tweet: “Widespread boos for Jerusalem and God in the convention hall.”
While Israel declares Jerusalem to be the “undivided capital of Israel,” the United States and the rest of the world do not recognize it as such [Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital city under international law], due to the capture and annexation of Palestinian land to the east, north and south of West Jerusalem, following the Six-Day War in 1967. This area has since expanded greatly through extensive settlement east of the Green Line and is referred to by the Israeli government as the Greater Jerusalem area. However to Palestinians and the rest of the world it is occupied territory, and anyone who is familiar with the city is well aware that it is not “undivided” or cohesive in any way – but rather severely divided by walls, barriers, checkpoints, and countless social and economic gaps and inequalities. However, according to all the proposed solutions brought to the table of the so-called “peace process” in the last 30 years, there should be two states for two peoples with a capital of Palestine in East Jerusalem and a capital of Israel in West Jerusalem.