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Green Party nominates Israel-critic Jill Stein for president

Left-wing secular Jew, who was also 2012 candidate, backs BDS, calls for ending all US aid to Jewish state

Jill Stein waits to speak before announcing that she will seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, at the National Press Club, June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images via jta)
Jill Stein waits to speak before announcing that she will seek the Green Party's presidential nomination, at the National Press Club, June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images via jta)

The US Green Party on Saturday nominated Jill Stein, a harsh critic of Israel, as its presidential candidate.

At a convention attended by hundreds in Houston, Texas, the party also nominated human rights activist Ajumu Baraka as her running mate.

Before entering politics, Stein was a practicing physician for 25 years. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she transitioned into activism in the mid-1990s.

Like the Green Party as a whole, Stein supports the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, or BDS. She places Israel in the company of non-democratic American allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt. In tweets, she has accused Israel of “the pillage of Palestine,” and written that Israel’s “war crimes & human rights violations are off the charts.”

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