Organizing and Activism

DMFI helps ensure a pro-Israel platform prevails at the 2022 California Democratic Party Convention

In response to the attempts of a small number of anti-Israel activists to insert divisive and one-sided language about Israel into the 2022 California Democratic Party platform, DMFI DMFI mobilized more than 400 delegates, provided them briefing materials, and collaborated with key supporters in the weeks leading up to and throughout the virtual California Democratic convention.

The Party continued its proud tradition and passed a strong pro-Israel platform, reiterating California Democrats’ support for a two-state solution and affirming that Israelis and Palestinians deserve security, dignity, independence, and the right to self-determination.

Our work did not go unnoticed. California Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, told the Jewish News of Northern California, “The [Jewish] Caucus is grateful to Democratic Majority for Israel and all the groups out there who did this important grassroots work.”

When the largest state Democratic Party in the country reaffirms its strong support for Israel in public battles like this, it sends a powerful message to others hoping to do the same. “Victories like this demonstrate both the critical need for Democratic Majority for Israel and the strong support for Israel among Democrats,” said DMFI President and CEO Mark Mellman in a statement.  

National and State Party Platform Successes in 2019 and 2020

At the national level, DMFI successfully advocated for a strong platform that expands upon the Democratic Party’s proud tradition, and Joe Biden’s long history, of supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. We submitted testimony to the Party on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and attended the virtual Democratic National Convention. Read our statement on the 2020 Democratic National Platform here.

We also led efforts across several states in 2019 and 2020 to ensure pro-Israel state party platforms. We led a coalition effort in California, including several pro-Israel organizations, that successfully fought back against a series of anti-Israel amendments to the party platform. The amendments, none of which passed, would have advanced policies that threatened the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, cut off all aid to Israel and endorsed the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) targeting Israel. We recruited over 850 delegates and worked with party leaders, activists, and elected officials to defeat these hostile amendments. Read our statement on the 2019 California Democratic Party platform here and read our op-ed in the Jerusalem Post.

DMFI supporters at the California Democratic Party Convention.

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates on Israel

To help educate the public and our members, we followed all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and their positions on Israel during the primary season. Each campaign provided official statements, while we collected and made available on our website up-to-date information as candidates made additional statements and answered voters’ questions.

Early Primary State Organizing and Activism

DMFI engaged early in the 2020 primaries mobilizing pro-Israel voters around the country to take action in early states, participate in caucuses, and vote in primaries. Over 3,000 DMFI volunteers attended some 200 meetings with candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire during the run up to the caucuses and primary in those early states.