Democratic Party Platform

Anger Over Jerusalem Omission In Platform

Rep. Engel calls it ‘grievous mistake’; delegates caught off guard as plank is pulled.

09/05/2012
Staff Writer

 

Charlotte, N.C. — The Democratic Party’s decision to omit from its platform all reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital came as a shock to delegates who unwittingly adopted it Tuesday night.

“It has not been adopted,” insisted Mark Alan Siegel, chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, just hours after the platform was adopted by acclimation. 

All references to Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital were omitted in the Democratic Party’s platform.

Democrats Restore Jerusalem Language To Platform After Outcry

09/04/2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After a firestorm of protest from Jewish delegates and Jewish elected officials, the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday voted to amend the party platform to include a provision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Marc Stanley, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said that he learned that the delegates had approved the platform by affirmation shortly after 6 pm after long day in which changes to the platform occupied much of the press coverage of the convention here and caused discord within the party.

White House Chief Of Staff Jack Lew got an earful from Jewish delegates about the change to the Democrat party platform.
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