U.S. Green Party’s Crusade Against Israel
Amb. Alan Baker
Center for Public Affairs
who cursorily peruses the website of the U.S. Green Party1 or any component of the global Green movement would
naturally expect to read about the worthy and noble aims of a movement devoted
to such key values as ecological wisdom and environment protection.
naturally expect that such basic, natural, and literally “green” issues
would be of interest and concern to the entire spectrum of humanity, crossing
all political, social and demographic lines.
issues touch upon the very sustainability and integrity of our existence on the
planet and should logically override partisan, political issues, whether
internal or external.
touch all of us.
the interest of wide public support, any serious, self-respecting, and genuine
Green movement should choose to steer clear of divisive, partisan political
issues that could prejudice the bonafides and integrity of the
movement and pollute its overall world vision and aims by introducing elements
of bias and double standards.
self-respecting Green movement, in seeking to protect the world’s environment
from pollution and destruction, should avoid “taking sides” in current
political conflicts that are, by definition, replete with conflicting, partisan,
national, economic and legal interests.
Green movement should prefer to leave such issues to the respective governmental
agencies involved in such issues, as well as those international political
bodies such as the United Nations and its specialized agencies whose purpose is
to deal with them.
a world that is plagued by environmental and ecological catastrophes and that
faces continuing and ongoing moral and humanitarian crises such as willful
bombing and wholesale killing of civilians, mass murders, mass expulsions,
denial of basic social, cultural and religious rights and freedoms, assaults on
immigrants and others, it is curious that the U.S. Green Party has chosen to
concentrate most of its efforts on hounding Israel.
is even more astounding because Israel is one of the only states that excels in
the very values treasured by the Green movement – innovative ways to protect
the environment, reduce pollution, purify wastewater, desalinate seawater,
reforest, and protect natural resources.
The U.S. Green Party’s Hostility to Israel
is all the more curious that the U.S. Green Party, as a matter of policy,
considers itself sufficiently credible and authoritative as to advocate
dismantling the State of Israel and replacing it with “the creation of one
secular, democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis on the land between the
Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan.”2
buys, lock-stock-and-barrel, into the BDS boycott and sanctions campaign aimed
at undermining Israel’s very existence, naively believing “that BDS can
become the most effective nonviolent means for achieving justice and genuine
peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”3 In this manner, it supports the hostile and irresponsible
propaganda propagated by elements seeking the destruction and delegitimation of
is strange and even sad that the foreign policy of the U.S. Green Party
demonstratively supports terror organizations and rogue regimes intent, inter
alia, on undermining Israel’s very existence. The U.S. Green Party appears
to sideline the many moral crises that exist in the world, such as the slaughter
in Yemen, the imprisonment of perhaps a million Uighurs in China, the continuing
depredations in the Congo and Sudan, Russia’s annexations in the Ukraine, the
plight of Muslims in Kashmir, and assaults on immigrants and others seeking
refuge in North America and Europe.
appears that the U.S. Green Party cannot find genuine environmental and
ecological “green” issues with which to concern itself, and prefers to
concentrate its efforts with its illogical fixation with, and crusade against
U.S. Green Party Petition to the International Criminal Court
a recent letter, dated September 12, 2018, to the Prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court, the U.S. Green Party
out in unison with all people of conscience and compassion for the ICC to use
its momentous authority to establish and preserve peace and justice throughout
the world, most urgently for the oppressed and besieged people of Palestine
peacefully protesting on a weekly basis for their Right of Return.4
letter claims that these people “have defended themselves mostly with
rocks, burning kites, balloons and tires, homemade rockets and starkly tragic
human suicide bombers” in the face of “the heavily blockaded Gaza
border” where “IDF snipers have used live fire and tear gas.”
letter accuses Israel of committing crimes against humanity, including genocide.
also requests the ICC to investigate the issue of Israeli settlements.
U.S. Green Party’s Official Anti-Israel Policy
petition to the International Criminal Court basically corresponds to the U.S.
Green Party’s curious policy document entitled, ironically: “Grassroots
Diplomacy – A Real Road to Peace in the Middle East,” in which it
resistance to ongoing dispossession has mainly been nonviolent, including its
most basic form—remaining in their homes, on their land; and that while
Palestinian armed resistance is legitimate under international law when directed
at non-civilian targets, we believe that only nonviolent resistance will
maintain the humanity of Palestinian society, elicit the greatest solidarity
from others, and maximize the chance for future reconciliation between Israelis
put, such a policy, based on false and misleading information and fraught with
double standards and acute bias, whitewashes and justifies Palestinian violence
Hamas fighters killed in the “nonviolent” clashes along Israel’s fence
deliberate disregard by the U.S. Green Party for the serious and brazen
international humanitarian, environmental, and ecological crimes committed by
Hamas and supported by the Palestinian leadership seriously prejudices any bonafide and
credibility that the U.S. Green Party might otherwise enjoy.
international crimes committed by the Palestinians to which the U.S. Green Party
is deliberately ignoring, thereby supporting, and encouraging such violations
include the following:
deliberate stockpiling and burning of thousands of tires creates mass pollution
of the border area with caustic carbon fumes polluting the environment and
damaging the health of the Palestinians themselves as well as the residents of
Israeli communities in the vicinity of the border.
Billowing smoke from Gazans burning tires along
the fence with Israel.
pumping of polluted sewage from Gaza into the Israeli side of the border is
another blatant environmental violation that renders the lives of the residents
a living nightmare. The massive piles of garbage that have accumulated in the
border area after three giant landfills were set up along the border fence have
left the Israeli residents of the border area to cope with a putrid and toxic
smell being carried by the wind across the border.6
willful and deliberate ground, air, and water pollution is in utter disregard of
major concerns of the international community, in general, and the Green
Movement, in particular, for environmental protection and international
anti-pollution conventions and resolutions.7
dispatching incendiary kites and balloons to ignite vast swathes of agricultural
land in Israel, destroy crops, terrorize and injure residents of towns and
villages in Israel, and arming kites and balloons with explosive and incendiary
devices, the Palestinians are willfully violating a major counter-terror
convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (1997). This convention
criminalizes intentional delivery, discharging, or detonating of an explosive or
other lethal device against a place of public use, to cause extensive
destruction of such a place and economic loss.8
of this appears to be of any concern to the U.S. Green Party
Gaza kite workshop (Wissam Nassar/picture-alliance/dpa/AP
Violating Children’s Rights
children to serve as human shields at the forefront of the violent
demonstrations and attacks on the border fence to conceal the presence of Hamas
terrorists is a cynical and cruel violation and abuse of such children.
and inciting children to build, arm and fly incendiary kites and balloons over
Israeli territory, in addition to violating the above-noted environmental norms
and conventions, is a violation of international humanitarian law regarding the
protection of children from involvement in hostilities.
activities violate treaties prohibiting involvement of children in warfare,
principally, the 1989 International Convention on the Rights of the Child, to
which the Palestinians have become party, prohibits the use of children under 15
from direct involvement in hostilities.9 Also, the 1977 Protocols to the Geneva Conventions,10 and the Statute of the International Criminal Court11 list such abuse of children as serious violations of the
laws and customs applicable in armed conflict.
fact that Hamas proudly advertises images of thousands of child soldiers trained
in camps and “graduation” ceremonies that include attacking mock Israeli
bases and kidnapping and stabbing soldiers, evidently is not seen by the U.S.
Green Party as violating its basic principles.
fact that the U.S. Green Party chooses to turn a blind eye to such flagrant
abuse of basic international norms, and prefers to whitewash and justify it as
“non-violent opposition,” and at the same time, accuse Israel of war crimes,
renders the U.S. Green Party to be utterly hypocritical and lacking any
importance of protecting the environment is a central element of the Palestinian
undertakings in the Oslo Accords in which they committed to “protect the
environment and prevent environmental risks, hazards and nuisances including all
kinds of soil, water and air pollution” as well as “to respond to
events or accidents which may generate environmental pollution, damage or hazards.”
encouraging, organizing and openly supporting caustic air pollution and the
burning of Israel’s agricultural infrastructure, the Palestinian leadership,
together with Hamas, are violating the Oslo Accords. The U.S. Green Party, in
sympathizing with, supporting, and encouraging such violations, prefers to
disregard these Palestinian violations, and rather to accuse Israel.
such an acute bias and fixation against Israel runs against some of the basic
principles of the Green movement.
“Ecological Wisdom,” heralded by the Green Party as one of its ten
societies must function with the understanding that we are part of nature, not
separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the
ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a
sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future
generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To
this end, we must practice agriculture that replenishes the soil, move to an
energy-efficient economy, and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural
U.S. Green Party appears to overlook this “key value” when the ecology and
environment of Israel are violated by the Palestinians.
“key value” of the Green movement is Non-Violence, to which the Green Party
acknowledges the importance of developing “effective alternatives to
society’s current patterns of violence. …We promote non-violent methods to
oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions
toward lasting personal, community and global peace.”13
unabashedly adopting and advocating radical and extremist political policies,
the U.S. Green Party is sadly abusing the bona fides of those
elements within the general public that genuinely believe that a “green”
party is concerned with the environment and with protecting nature and humanity.
the guise of green principles, it is manipulating and misleading the general
public into identifying with extreme, biased propaganda singling out Israel to
the exclusion of genuine, mass-violators of humanitarian and environmental
This is malicious, offensive, and hypocritical, to say the least, and undermines the very basis of the Green movement.