How do you vote for Jill Stein

A candidate is fighting against Israel

America is having a hard time with its presidential candidates. This also applies to the Jewish people. Bernie Sanders confused with a number of views on Israel, but then dropped out of the race for the White House. Jill Stein, on the other hand, the 66-year-old doctor from Chicago who is running for the Green Party, is still there and is making a name for herself with anti-Israeli positions.

"The Jill Stein Campaign supports (the anti-Israel boycott movement) BDS as a peaceful, non-violent form of resistance by global civil society to end Israel's apartheid, occupation, war crimes and systematic human rights violations." the official Stein election campaign website (www.jill2016.com).

apartheid It goes on to say: “As far as Israel is concerned, the US has promoted the worst intentions of the Israeli government, namely its policies of occupation, apartheid, murder, illegal settlements, the destruction of Palestinian houses, blockades, building of atomic bombs, unlimited imprisonment, violation international law etc. Instead of allying itself with the brave advocates of peace and human rights in Palestine and Israel, our government rewards those who permanently violate human rights. "

The Stein campaign released this statement just one day after New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed a law ordering all state agencies to end public funding of BDS activities.

Stein does not challenge Cuomo's law, on the contrary. She demands that payments to Israel be stopped while the occupation is there. Her radical positions on Israel do not seem to have a majority in the USA, least of all for the very left candidate of a splinter party, even by European standards, because these are the Greens in the United States. But Stein could still be dangerous for Hillary Clinton.

Because according to surveys, the Green politician is currently three to five percent of the vote. That's more than the current gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which was 2.2 percent earlier this week. Since Jill Stein belongs to the progressive camp, votes for her are automatically at the expense of Clinton. So Stein could ultimately become the kingmaker for Trump.

Biography Where does Stein's radical stance towards Israel come from? It is not immediately apparent from her biography. Jill Stein was born in Chicago in 1950 and grew up in Highland Park, a suburb of the metropolis. Her grandparents were immigrants from Russia. For ten years, as she described it in an interview with Forbes magazine in 2012, Jill Stein went to the Sunday school of the reform Jewish North Shore Congregation Israel in the neighboring town of Glencoe. The fact that Reform Judaism is strongly oriented towards social justice, Stein continued, had a "great influence" on her political career.

As an adolescent, "the values ​​of the Old Testament, the golden rule, were practically hammered into me," she says in the interview. “My parents were from the Holocaust generation. Above all, my mother taught me to take on social responsibility and made it clear to me how important it is to speak up when you notice that something is wrong in your own environment. "

Stein, who now claims to live in an interfaith family, continues in the Forbes interview that "her relationship with organized Judaism" ended when her mother died in 2010.

Jill Stein holds a doctorate in internal medicine. She practiced at various clinics for 25 years and taught at Harvard Medical School. Already in the 1990s she was becoming an activist. She fought for environmental policy and social reforms - and performed together with guitarist and singer Ken Selcer as the folk rock duo "Somebody’s Sister".

In 2002, Stein was the opponent of Mitt Romney in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election. Ten years later she took up the fight for the White House for the first time. More than through political work, however, she caused a sensation through an action that earned her an arrest. She was of the opinion that she should be present at the "Presidential Debate," the exchange of blows between candidates on television.

According to American jurisprudence, this is only possible for candidates who achieve at least 15 percent in the surveys - a value that Stein never achieved. Nevertheless, she tried to gain access to the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Hofstra University on Long Island with her vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala. She was taken away and charged with "gross nonsense".

In politics, however, Stein continues to spread her anti-Israel theses unhindered. Despite her views, she is still the woman who received the most votes in US presidential election history: 469,501, or 0.36 percent. Before the clinton-Trump duel, it is almost certain that Jill Stein will have to hand this record over to Hillary Clinton.