Bernie Sanders is Jewish but in keeping with the left’s rejection of religion as an obsolete notion, he has largely backed-away from his Jewish faith and has downplayed any significance Judaic teachings have had on his life.
But he would still like the Jewish vote, however…
To appeal to Jews but still maintain his anti-Israel cred that is so popular with the left, Sanders has split the difference and hired a new Jewish outreach director, Simone Zimmerman, an anti-Israel activist who has openly condemned Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu as a mass murderer.
In an expletive-laden Facebook post last year, Zimmerman lashed-out at the Israeli Prime Minister and accused him of mass murder, for misrepresenting himself as a leader of Jewish people and for attempting to derail the Iran deal, a disastrous agreement that poses a serious safety risk to all Western nations and especially Israel.
Zimmerman’s Facebook post blasts:
Zimmerman later changed her post to reflect softer language by changing “asshole” to “politician” and “Fuck you” with “shame on you.”
It wasn’t just a momentary lapse in judgement, however. Zimmerman, a former undergrad at Berkeley, was the leader of the campus chapter of J Street, an anti-Israel lobbying and activist group and is a staunch supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Sanders declined an invitation to speak at the annual AIPAC conference and Zimmerman called Hillary Clinton’s speech “racist and orientalist.”
Zimmerman, last year, also promoted a play that compared the plight of an Israeli settler to that of a Hamas bomb maker.
“We’re paying attention to what’s happening in Israel — and we are angry,” Zimmerman said regarding her fellow millennials in a column in February.
“The hypocrisy of expecting feel-good social justice projects to offset millennials’ deep outrage at the grave injustices committed by the Jewish state is almost too much to bear,” wrote Zimmerman. “No public relations trick can save Israel’s image. The problem isn’t with the hasbara [public relations]. The problem is nearly 50 years of occupation. The problem is rampant racism in Israeli society. The problem is attacks on human rights defenders by extremists and by the state. The problem is a Jewish establishment that ignores or justifies all of this.”
Sanders has similarly been no supporter of Israel and condemned the Jewish state for a “disproportionate” use of force in Gaza, a claim that Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. called “libelous.”
In order to attract more Jewish supporters, it seems that Bernie Sanders’ strategy was to hire an obnoxious child social justice warrior who relentlessly opposes one of the biggest issues for Jews around the world.
Add to the fact that he is competing against an unscrupulous felon-in-waiting with no accomplishments of note and it is just stunning that this is where we are in modern American politics. Unbelievable.