Press Release

ADL Praises DNC Draft Platform Language on Israel

New York, NY, June 29, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) draft platform for affirming America’s “longstanding commitment to Israel’s security, to Israel’s existence as a Jewish,  democratic state,” the pursuit of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for breaking new ground in opposing the BDS movement.

The platform draft breaks important new ground in opposing ‘any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the U.N. or through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement’ and further confirms Democratic support for Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

“The platform committee rightfully affirmed the Democrats’ and America’s longstanding commitment to Israel’s security and to Israel’s fundamental rights and enshrined key principles of its quest for peace with the Palestinians through a directly negotiated two-state solution,” said Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair. “A debate in which progressive values loomed large appropriately produced a platform highlighting shared values like ‘democracy, equality, tolerance and pluralism’ as undergirding U.S. support for Israel’s rights and security.”

“The draft platform rightly frames a negotiated two state solution as in the interests of both Israel’s ‘future as a secure and democratic Jewish state’ and a Palestinian future of ‘independence, sovereignty and dignity,’ said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We urge the full platform committee and Democratic National Committee delegates to support it.” 

ADL looks forward to similarly strong and unifying language in the Republican platform so that both platforms reflect America's strong bipartisan support for Israel.

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ADL takes no position on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for office.