Kyrsten Sinema on Foreign Policy



2007: Divest state pension fund from Sudan to fight genocide

During the spring of 2007, I decided that I was going to do something about Darfur. I was horrified when I learned about the genocide in Darfur. I wondered what influence I could have. I found the Sudan Divestment Task Force. Its entire purpose is to help governments in the US take action to divest their government funds from companies that help perpetuate the genocide in Darfur. What a great idea! As a state legislator, I could draft legislation to divest our state pension funds from those companies that provide weapons, oil, and power to the government of Sudan and thereby make it harder for Sudan to carry out its genocide on the people of Darfur.

By talking to both conservatives and progressives about the bill and earning support from all sides early on, I was able to get every other member of the legislature to sign on to the bill. The bill passed easily, receiving unanimous support from both the House and the Senate, and became the 1st bill signed by Gov. Napolitano in 2008.

Source: Unite and Conquer, by Kyrsten Sinema, p.134-140 , Jul 1, 2009

Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank.

Sinema signed two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank

Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.

Source: Opposing UN Resolution 2334 17-HRes11 on Jan 3, 2017

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