Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is nominating Israel partisans and Bernie Sanders opponents to key positions. Perez was put in place by Israel partisans. It appears that once again the DNC is trying to sabotage a Sanders nomination…
Consortium News reports that “Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez has nominated dozens of lobbyists, corporate consultants, think tank board members, and former officials linked to Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns to serve on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) nominating committee this July.
“Many of Perez’s nominees are vocal opponents of Senator Bernie Sanders and spoke out against his campaign when he challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination in 2016.
“Just as it did in 2016, the DNC appears determined to sabotage a Sanders nomination…”
Below is an excerpt from writer Kevin Gosztola’s report that contains its section on Israel advocates:
Apartheid Israel Operatives
Bakari Sellers, Dan Shapiro, Wendy Sherman, and Meghan Stabler were each nominated to the Platform Committee. Each has defined themselves as a “pro-Israel” Democrat, providing reliable cover to the apartheid state that is increasingly unpopular among younger members of the party.
In 2015, Sellers became a member of National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He led an effort [PDF] in 2016 to ensure the DNC’s platform did not adopt language that Sanders supported, which would have acknowledged the Democrats had a responsibility to confront the humanitarian crisis facing Palestinians in Gaza.
Quoting Clinton, Sellers stated, “We must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate, and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” He added, “We have to be unified in fighting back against BDS.”
As a CNN contributor and former surrogate for Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton, he has consistently attacked Sanders, weaponizing his identity to consistently insist the campaign of the Vermont senator has a “long way to go” with black voters. And when Sanders entered the 2020 race, Sellers reacted, “I don’t have a problem with Bernie getting in the race, ‘when is he getting out’ is probably a better question.”
Shapiro is a former U.S. ambassador to the state of Israel who opted to remain in Israel indefinitely with his family rather than return to the country he supposedly worked for.
In November 2019, he wrote a column for the right-wing Jerusalem Post championing the virtues of expanded U.S. military aid to Israel. When President Donald Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, he argued it could help end the “conflict” between Israel and the Palestinians.
After Stabler was appointed to the Platform Committee, the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) congratulated Stabler, who is a board member. “A truly inspired choice of an inspiring woman.”
The lobbying group was founded in 2019, and Mark Mellman, the group’s CEO, attacked the Sanders campaign for embracing Rep. Ilhan Omar and activist Linda Sarsour and described them as “endorsers who hate Israel.” DMFI exists to prevent the BDS movement and Palestinian rights advocacy from gaining traction in the Democratic Party.
In 2016, Sherman, a former State Department diplomat and senior counselor for the Albright Stonebridge Group, was appointed by Hillary Clinton to serve on the Platform Drafting Committee. She voted against a platform amendment that would have merely acknowledged Israel engages in a military occupation. She also opposed removing language that suggested the BDS movement and anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations “delegitimize” Israel. “When these actions delegitimize Israel, or in fact, whether wittingly or unwittingly, create anti-Semitism, then we must say that is not a good thing,” Sherman declared.
The Albright Stonebridge Group is an influence peddling operation founded in 2009 by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2016, Albright said there was a “special place in hell” for women who would not support Clinton, and Albright is notorious because she supported crippling sanctions against Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of children.
Read the full report by Kevin Gosztola here.
Read our previous post containing two articles on how Perez became chair:
…Ellison — a black man, a Bernie Sanders supporter, and the first Muslim elected to Congress — earned initial support from many Democrats until a strong backlash from the Obama and Clinton camps and prominent pro-Israeli activists.
Haim Saban, the entertainment tycoon who is one of the Democratic Party’s largest donors, called Ellison both “anti-Israel” and anti-Semitic. The Anti-Defamation League called on Democrats to reject him. On the eve of the vote, prominent Democrat Alan Dershowitz proclaimed that he would leave the party if Ellison were elected chair; Jack Rosen, who leads the American Jewish Congress, emailed DNC members the day before the vote decrying Ellison’s views on the Middle East, concluding that he threatened the U.S.-Israel relationship.