DSA Condemns the Israeli Bombing of Gaza and All Attacks on Innocent Civilians

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns the massive and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza civilians by the Israeli armed forces. We support the immediate acceptance and implementation of a comprehensive cease fire that would end all combat in Gaza and lift Israeli enforced restrictions on the ability of the people of Gaza to engage in the economic commerce and travel necessary for basic human survival.

DSA believes that the Israeli government cynically used the brutal murder of three Israeli youths to justify police and army assaults on Palestinians who had no connection to the attacks themselves. Furthermore, we condemn the Israeli right’s use of these tragic deaths to whip up the racist hatred towards Palestinian Arabs that led to the brutal murder of an innocent Palestinian teenager by Israeli youths. Only if Israeli civil society rejects such racist hatred will a just two-state peace settlement with the Palestinian people be possible, as well as full civil rights for Palestinian Arabs living within a non-expansionist Israel.

DSA also condemns Hamas’s rocket attacks upon Israeli civilians from Gaza and the practice of locating rocket launchers in civilian buildings. DSA also condemns all forms of collective punishment and attacks on unarmed civilians. We note, however, that Israel’s disproportionate armed responses (whether in the form of massive and indiscriminate aerial bombardment or a ground invasion) violate the international law doctrine of proportionate response. And, as we have seen in the past, indiscriminate Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza cannot achieve a permanent solution to the threat posed by Hamas rockets to Israeli civilians. DSA believes that only a just diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can end the bloodshed, and we reiterate our conviction that Israel must unilaterally and immediately withdraw from the Occupied Territories.

Statement July 15, 2014 by the DSA National Political Committee

Feminist Working Group

December 14, 2016
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People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the election.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
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The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.