Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Blog
It’s baffling that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other democratic officials doubled down on the DNC’s motion to push through a voice vote on a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the Democratic National Convention. In an interview with the LA Times on Saturday, Mayor Villaraigosa played down the significance of the three-time response to the controversial measure on the floor of the DNC, saying the media blew the whole thing out of proportion and that it was the media, not the delegates, who were concerned about the measure. “Not one person objected. It’s more a media concern than a delegate concern,” the LA Times quoted him as saying. “It was a lot of ado about nothing.” DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) had earlier denied that there was any “discord” between Democrats on the resolution. DCCC Chair Steve Israel also tried to brush the controversy under the rug.
By virtue of their defense, Mayor Villariagosa and other Democratic officials further entangled themselves and the Democratic Party in the same web of controversy and embarrassment that made the vote an issue in the first place: blatant disregard for plurality.
Despite efforts to inculcate the opposite sentiment in the public, the fact of the matter is that a considerable number of delegates did object to the resolution, some of them from our community. Because of their animated response, Arab American delegates drew attention from cameras when they stood up in solidarity with other delegates to voice opposition to the vote. One in particular, Majid Al-Bahadli, a delegate from Washington State, became the individual most associated with opposition to the contrived vote. Majid’s photo is posted on almost every news story covering the debacle. He told NBC News’ Michael Isikoff, “I’m from Iraq and lived under a dictatorship. I feel like I’m back in the Middle East.”
AAI President Jim Zogby, a super delegate, a member of the Platform Committee, and Chair of the Resolutions Committee, voiced strong opposition to the way the vote was pushed through, telling Salon.com and several other news outlets that the passing of the resolution was a “ham-fisted blunder.”
So, because there seems to still be some confusion, we’ve pulled together a roundup of a number of key media hits from the convention to prove that there was, in fact, opposition to the vote. After seeing the evidence below, do we need to ask for a fourth vote?
Key Coverage of Arab Americans at the Democratic National Convention:
Rashida Tlaib gets Democratic National Convention roll call honor
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Rep. Tlaib casts Michigan's votes for Obama
The Detroit News
DNC quarrel over Jerusalem
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart