Change the Platform

It's time for the Democratic Party's Platform to reflect the values of Democratic voters. That means supporting the freedom and security of both Israelis and Palestinians. It means taking a stand against the occupation.

The Campaign

The Trump administration has upended decades of bipartisan support for a negotiated resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the Israeli government responding by rejecting the two-state solution, accelerating settlement expansion, and veering towards annexation in the West Bank. As we gear up for the 2020 election, we need a bold, progressive, responsible platform that reflects our values and repudiates the Trump agenda — providing a clear vision for the future of American diplomatic leadership. That is why J Street U is calling for the Democratic Party’s platform to recognize the reality on the ground in this conflict and to reflect the Democratic Party’s values.

Past party platforms have rightly stated a commitment to Israel’s security and included condemnations of threats and actions against our ally, but have been totally silent on the rights of Palestinians, Israeli actions that undermine those rights and the prospects for a two-state solution, and the need for security for both peoples. Party platforms should end this double standard by expressly stating both a commitment to Israel and its security and a commitment to Palestinian rights. They should include clear opposition to the ongoing occupation, settlement expansion, and unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank.

Changing the Democratic party platform to reflect the current reality of the occupation and the urgency with which it must be addressed by our leaders, requires both established political relationships and the public and clear support of a robust grassroots movement. As politically engaged students, we already know that there’s a consensus among progressive voters — Jews and non-Jews alike — that the occupation cannot continue if we want a two-state solution. Therefore, during the campaign, J Street U students will work to form coalitions with college Dems and other progressive groups on campuses and established a large support base. By doing so, we will demonstrate to the leaders of the party that there is a broad consensus on the need to publically and boldly stand against the ongoing occupation and the threat of annexation while advocating for a peaceful solution that will ensure a safe and just future for both Israelis and Palestinians. 

Endorsements from Democratic Groups