Among those added to the DNC platform committee by Sen. Bernard Sanders , are James Zogby, author of “Arab Voices” and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, and Cornel West, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
James Zogby alone should raise red flags. He’s referred to Israelis as “Nazis,” and has called Israel’s actions in protecting herself from terrorism “a Holocaust.” He’s also described sitting members of Congress as “Israel Firsters,” an anti-Semitic charge that implies dual loyalty to the Jewish state.
“Zogby has two goals: to make Arab Americans more powerful than Jewish Americans and to be their preeminent leader,” Yehudit Barsky, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy,wrote in a profile about Zogby’s anti-Israel attitudes.
[Congressman Keith Ellison was also placed on the committee, and while he leans towards supporting the Palestinian side, he is not the same kind of froth-at-the-mouth Israel-hater as Zogby and West are.]
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s picks include more worrisome anti-Israel individuals: Ambassador Wendy Sherman, and the Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden.
One of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ’s picks was California Congresswoman Barbara Lee , a longtime critic of Israel. Lee has credentials from the American Arab Institute (AAI), which gives her a rating of +7 “indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record.”
Looking at the record of these people on the DNC platform committee and their efforts to draw support away from Israel, it’s likely that the DNC platform will become even more overtly anti-Israel.