WHEREAS, The North Carolina Democratic Party, as an organization devoted to justice and human rights, must be involved in fighting antisemitism without simultaneously suppressing the rights of individuals and organizations who engage in nonviolent protest, activism in support of Palestinian rights, or criticism of the Israeli government and its actions; and
WHEREAS, The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, along with the longer-term illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel, have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, many of which are children, and the destruction of homes, schools, religious centers, and shelters across the Gaza Strip; and
WHEREAS, Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip has only served to magnify the crisis, leading to millions of Gazans without access to food, water, electricity, medicine, or any means of escaping the conflict; and
WHEREAS, Muslims across the United States are currently facing discrimination, anti-Muslim hate, and targeted harassment; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Democratic Party call for an immediate surge of resources to the Gaza strip and the creation of humanitarian corridors to facilitate the transfer of resources and the protection of Palestinian civilians; and
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Democratic Party calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties in and around Gaza in order to preserve the lives of civilians and facilitate the distribution of that aid; and
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Democratic Party calls for all future arms sales and security assistance to both Israel and Palestine to be conditioned on concrete and verifiable steps towards ending human rights violations; and
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Democratic Party restate our opposition to anti-Muslim bigotry, racism, anti-Semetism, and all attempts to silence or punish individuals and organizations who speak out for human rights; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Democratic Party urges public officials to learn about the issues facing Palestinians firsthand through travel, meetings with advocates for longterm peace, and all other methods.
Submitted by the YDNC Resolutions Committee on October 22nd, 2023.