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Rev. Al with his good friend, Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders hates discussing his Jewish roots, but that hasn’t stopped his lefty Jewish fans from gnawing at the subject like poorly trained puppies chewing on old tennis shoes.

Think Progress claims that Bernie Sanders is a “devout secular Jew”. “Bernie Sanders Is Jewish, but He Doesn’t Like to Talk About It,” the New York Times coughs apologetically. (And the Sulzbergers ought to know.) A Forward editorial neurotically screeches, “We Need To Out Bernie Sanders as a Jew — for His Own Good”.

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But Bernie Sanders likes his devoutly Socialist closet. He prefers to describe himself as the son of Polish immigrants. Asked about religion, he disavows Judaism and embraces Pope Francis. The Times has him embracing the description “Non-Jewish Jew” which was coined by a Marxist in an essay explaining anti-Semitism, including the Holocaust, as a “superficial” reaction against capitalism.

Where Obama and Hillary ran on race and gender, Bernie Sanders avoids Jewishness as much as possible. He doesn’t practice Judaism, isn’t part of a Jewish community and avoids the “J” word.

One of the few times he used the dreaded “J” word was when a Muslim activist who cheered anti-Israel terrorism told him that she was afraid of Republicans. Suddenly Sanders puffed out his chest and told her, “I’m Jewish, my father’s family died in concentration camps. I will do everything that I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism.”

Considering that the activist, Remaz Abdelgader, had a quote stating, “It would be wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs” and snarled that, “Islam and civil rights issues are mutually exclusive”, that might not have been nearly as reassuring to the former MSA president as he intended it to be.

While Bernie Sanders invoked his last few drops of Jewishness and the Holocaust in support of a Muslim anti-Semite’s crybullying, he didn’t feel the need to do so for the Jewish State when it actually stood on the verge of destruction. Instead he had called for denying arms to Israel before the Yom Kippur War.

In 1971, he told an audience, “no guns for Israel.” Two years later, the Yom Kippur War brought Israel to the brink of destruction and shipments of American arms made the difference. But Bernie Sanders did not care and in 1988 still insisted that, “It is wrong that the United States provides arms to Israel.”

In 1990, he called for America to “put more pressure on Israel”.

Bernie Sanders sneeringly condemns what he calls Republican bigotry, but he endorsed Jesse Jackson despite his racist “Hymietown” slur. Before a joint appearance with Jackson, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan had warned Jews, “If you harm this brother, I warn you in the name of Allah this will be the last one you harm.” Despite that, Jesse Jackson refused to cut his ties with Farrakhan.

Rev. Jesse with his good friend, Bernie Sanders

Jackson had told a Washington Post reporter, “That’s all Hymie wants to talk about, is Israel; every time you go to Hymietown, that’s all they want to talk about”. Bernie Sanders however tried to prove he was a good “Hymie” (or a good Non-Hymie Hymie) by defending Jackson’s hostility to the Jewish state.

Bernie Sanders brags about his endorsement from Congressman Keith Ellison despite his past support for the Nation of Islam and his appearance with Khalid Abdul Muhammad who had called Jews “bloodsuckers” and had said, “If you’re a Jew, I’m against you.” Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, who calls Jews “false Jews”, praised Bernie Sanders as a “real Jew, not a so-called Jew”. The very thing that makes Bernie Sanders seem suspect to Jews makes him more appealing to anti-Semitic hate groups.

Sanders met with Al Sharpton despite his anti-Semitic remarks and the horror of the Crown Heights Pogrom in which an entire Jewish community was besieged by racist mobs chanting, “Death to the Jews”. The former Democratic presidential candidate had taunted, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” Not a problem for Bernie Sanders.

While Bernie Sanders is quick to call Republicans bigots, he not only fails to stand up against anti-Semitism from the left, but he has supported and collaborated with anti-Semites.

And he’s still doing it now.

When Bernie Sanders reached out for perspective on the Middle East during his campaign, he contacted James Zogby, who defended Hamas and Hezbollah, and Lawrence Wilkerson, who had accused Jewish officials of dual loyalty and suggested that Israel was behind Assad’s chemical weapons attacks.

The truth about Bernie Sanders is that he is not Jewish in any sense other than the genetic. He is a left-wing radical who is uncomfortable with any mention of his Jewish background because he does not like Jews. Even his time on an Israeli Kibbutz, a staple with which his Jewish fans nurtured their fantasies of a Jewish Bernie, fell apart when it emerged that his Kibbutz had flown a red flag and admired Stalin and the Soviet Union as part of a radical leftist movement that had initially opposed the creation of Israel.

His first and foremost allegiance has always been to the left at the expense of the Jews.

Bernie Sanders cheered the Sandanista regime whose mobs chanted “Death to the Jews,” “Jewish Pigs” and “What Hitler started we will finish.” He did not invoke the Holocaust when a synagogue was firebombed and in an echo of Hitler’s Germany, its president was forced to scrub the streets.

The anti-Semitic regime that Bernie Sanders supported ethnically cleansed the Jewish population of Nicaragua. It marched the indigenous Indian population into churches and set them on fire.

And Bernie Sanders defended the Marxist terrorist regime that was committing these atrocities.

Bernie Sanders was equally enthusiastic about Cuba and the Soviet Union, two other Communist dictatorships that were persecuting the Jews. Sanders did not see fit to invoke the Holocaust on behalf of Jews actually facing anti-Semitic persecution the way that he has invoked it on behalf of Muslims.

But perhaps he thought that, like the other victims of the left, they were getting what they deserved.

When Bernie Sanders went on his visit to the USSR, there were no more concentration camps in Europe, but there were still Jews locked up in the gulags of the Soviet Union. While he was admiring Soviet youth programs, Jewish refuseniks were still being denied permission to leave the Communist dictatorship.

While American official visitors often met with political dissidents, there is no sign that Sanders did so. It would have been out of character for a man who had justified Communist crackdowns on the opposition to have met with enemies of the regime. For Bernie Sanders, the Sandanistas, Castro and the Soviet Union were models to be emulated and victims of capitalist repression by America, Wall Street and its evil corporations. Much in the same way that Muslim terrorism against Jews is excused today.

Bernie Sanders invokes the Holocaust when asked about his Jewish identity, not because he has empathy for Jews, but in a classic leftist maneuver to distract attention from that lack of empathy. His conception of the Holocaust is detached from Jewish suffering. It is purely about his leftist politics.

Surreally he references the Holocaust only to add that it taught him that politics is “important”. The Holocaust has no Jewish meaning for Bernie Sanders. It merely validates his self-importance.

At a Democratic debate, when asked about the historic nature of the election, he avoided saying that the first Jewish president would be as historic as the first female president. Instead he mumbled that it would be his “views” of “taking on the big money interests” that would make him historic.

Bernie Sanders does not want to be the first Jewish president. He wants to be the first Socialist president. There is nothing Jewish about Bernie Sanders except his vestigial accent. He makes common cause with anti-Semites because Jews don’t matter to him, only the agenda of the left does. – See more at: http://sultanknish.blogspot.co.il/2016/03/bernie-sanders-is-not-jew.html#sthash.RV6uBnuc.dpuf

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83 COMMENTS

  1. If he was born Jewish, he is Jewish. It matters not if you disagree with his political views. That does not stop Bernie from being Jewish. Seriously, screw politics, it’s one of things that’s forming divisions among our people. I may not agree with Bernie on everything, but why should that be a reason to publicly slander him? You should love every Jew regardless of their politics. And he does not hate Israel, he publicly slammed Hamas and did volunteer on a Kibbutz during his youth. Stop fuelling Sinat Chinam!

  2. You seem very very angry and hostile. Are you ok? I am worried that the pent up negitive feelings in you that you are throwing out to others is harming your own personal peace and love of the gift of life for all of life. I will pray for you. selah

  3. I don't know anything about your family, but in MY family it is considered morally reprehensible to question the Jewishness of someone whose family was wiped out by the Holocaust. Bernie Sanders is as Jewish as they come. And not just genetically. His entire life of public service stands as a living monument to Rabbi Hillel's immortal questions: "If I am not for me, then who will be? If I am not for others, then what am I? And if not now, then when?" His deep commitment to repairing our broken world, standing with the oppressed, and speaking prophetic truth to power is far closer to the true spirit of Judaism than your anger and sectarianism.

  4. AS an American of Jewish extraction, whose grandparents generation were also killed in Europe I'm repelled by this diatribe. It's exactly, I think, like the evangelicals who insist that everybody be more "Christian" BUT ONLY IN THEIR SENSE.

  5. To say that Sanders isn't Jewish because he isn't rabidly pro-Israel is ludicrous. To presume that it's up to you to decide if he's Jewish is ludicrous. I don't even like Sanders, and I'm an atheist on top of it, so I have no particular interest in defending Sanders. Nevertheless, this article represents everything that is wrong with US-Israel relations.

  6. You make me embarassed to be a Jew. My Jewish upbringing wasn't about being a bigot, a homophobe, anti-intellectual, racist who only considers the rights of my own people. 100 dollars says you are voting for Donald Trump. Its sad the state of morons in this country.

  7. As a Canadian by birth, I don't have a vote. I am only interested in following the candidates on both sides that will be Israel's friend and treat us as the ally we are.
    If you are considering to vote for Bernie Sanders, please read this article.
    He is not our friend..

  8. Thank you! I couldn't have said it better myself. To claim someone whose family was wiped out by Hitler is not Jewish is a crime against humanity and Judiasm. For the author to do so because the man is too intelligent to support letting his own people treat others the same way his family was treated back then, makes him less than human.

  9. The sad thing is that the culture in Israel is so far gone that they would probably agree with you. They already consider most US Jews to not be Jewish enough to get married there, despite them happy to have them under the Law of Return. It's a self-serving political agenda. "You can come and settle here (so we can justify ousting more Palestinians) but you're going to be a second-class citizen."

  10. Adam, what schools in Israel have removed science and math and replaced them with religion? Talking about a made up statement. You seem to have a problem with the religious sect that live in Israel because of their beliefs and traditions. While I am not that observant I do not resent them and your disdain for them is sad. You clearly have some issues and I recommend some counseling to deal with your personal issues.

  11. No we don’t. He is not a Jew. Just because he was born in Jewish family, don’t make him a Jew. He didn’t followed Jewish tradition, Jewish culture, Jewish religion. If he could he would jump from his own skin. He is just like any Jew, who converted to different religion. His religion is radical leftism and nothing else.

  12. As a jew, I am terribly insulted by this – and will be unfollowing all your pages by the end of the day. This is divisive, and is the problem with all religions, not just ours. I would argue, who wrote this, and who approved is far from what really being Jewish actually means. Which is very simply to perform mitzvah’s (lifting the mundane material). God bless.

  13. Wayne Rockman and Daniel Greenfield… Being Jewish is more than just practicing Judaism, going to Temple and praying. It is a culture as well with many different ethnicities and those who choose to convert. I was born to a Jewish mother which according to Jewish law, makes me Jewish. Once I attended Sabbath school for a couple of years, I learned more about my religion which at the time emphasized love for one another, and the difference between right and wrong. I choose to live my life according to the 10 commandments. That's the life guidance I chose. My grandparents came from Russia and Poland and escaped dangerous situations; they were not in the holocaust in Germany. But all Jews feel the pain of the holocaust and other atrocities done to the Jews. This creates a family, not just a religious group, of those of us who share sentiments about what was done in the name of our religion and/or culture.

    As Jews we should never try to shame another due to their choice of lifestyle…

    I learned a big lesson when I was 16 and decided to tell my grandmother that I didn't really think I was all the Jewish because I didn't really practice by going to temple or praying… but before I could finish, she interupted me by nearly shouting, "You just tell them that when they come to take you away!!"

    I was speechless and never, ever spoke like that again.

    I am Jewish and will never let anyone else shame me because I do not practice as they do.

    I stand in solidarity with Rachael. Geez, my own orthodox Jewish neighbors growing up never spoke one negative comment towards the way we chose to be Jewish.

  14. Deborah L Gostin Jews are a religious civilization, we are indeed a culture and a religion and a people. The ten commandments are a good start, but they are not the end. And as a people, we have to stand in solidarity with each other, instead of pandering to anti-Semites like Bernie Sanders has done.

  15. This article needs to be taken down. Personally, its unworthy of Jews everywhere. Bernie Sanders is Jewish and he has said he is very proud to be Jewish. He helps those in need and is trying to help everyone around him while taking down the 1% from their high horse. Forgive me if I’m WRONG but perhaps giving and helping others might be considered very much JEWISH?!

  16. Harvey Ardman Yeah…just like Yehoshu`a Bin Nun when he built that "Museum of Tolerance" in 'Eretz Kena`an. Or like Mattityahu when he cut that guy's head off for sacrificing a pig (leading to the Maccabeean revolt, which we all know, promoted the eighteenth century European "enlightenment" notion of "freedom of religion"…right?). Or maybe like Mordecai and Esther killing thousands and thousands of their enemies (see the Megillah). Or like Pinechas Ben 'El`azar when he functioned at that "interfaith" wedding at the end of Parashat Balaq. Am I getting the idea about the "essence of Judaism" now???

    Cripes…where do you freaks who believe the Jews were chosen 3300 years ago to wait almost that long for Voltaire to come and give them "the essence of Judaism" even come from???

  17. Sage Jacobs As a piece of that "white trash," thank you for that wonderfully liberal, broad-minded, progressive use of racial-genetic stereotyping.

    Gee…it's a good thing all the Black Xians in the Deep South are all such Profound Left Wing Intellectuals and fans of Charles Darwin (I'm being sarcastic in case you don't get it) or you wouldn't like them either.

    You know, like those "homophobic" Africans?

  18. The same article was published on the Arutz 7 website as well, also generating a very heated discussion.
    So here and there many Jews are angrily debating whether another Jew could be considered Jewish.
    But we know very well that from the viewpoint of non-Jews he is a Jew without a question, whatever he does or will do will be measured against his "Jewishness".

    Interestingly non-Jews, even our greatest enemies have no problem understanding even demanding from us the legendary mutual responsibility the Jewish Nation was built on.
    Anti-Semites always consider each and every Jew responsible for any "crime" they blame Jews for regardless of where they live, whether they have any connection to Israel for example or not.

    The question really is whether we ourselves feel this mutual responsibility above all our differences, above our argumentative nature, above unfounded hatred?
    Does Mr. Sanders feel this responsibility, does he understand that regardless of which country he might "Preside over" he represents the whole Jewish Nation?

    There are no half measures in "being Jewish".
    We are "chosen" for a very specific role, purpose within humanity.
    Our enemies has never let us, and will never let us escape our absolute mutual guarantee where "all of Israel are responsible for one another" so why should we?
    Just like Jonah the Prophet could not, no Jew can ever escape the mission one was given by birth, by heritage until it is fulfilled completely.

  19. Aaron Parker here are some facts. The birth rate for Palestinians is nearly 5 times greater than that of Jews in the the same regions. No Israeli schools have removed math and science from their curriculum to replace it with religion. Daniel Greenfield is correct in his statement that Israel leads the region in Nobel Prizes including Math and Science. And finally what are the supposed criminal acts that Israel is committing? Shooting armed murderers and terrorists in self-defence? Defending it's borders and population from missile attacks? Having people on non-Jewish faith hold government and military positions? Tell me specifically what are the "criminal acts" you and Adam allude to that have no basis.

  20. kudos to Daniel Greenfield for enlightening us as to Sander's Jewish background and identity, or lack thereof, and his antagonism towards the Jewish state. Of course influencing liberal Jews to avoid Bernie and vote for Hillary is not doing the Jewish State any favors.

  21. Jewishess doesn't come in drops, and we don't get to decide whether someone else is Jewish or not. His views on Israel, no matter how strongly you disagree with them, don't make him "not a Jew". Zionism and Judaism don't necessarily go hand in hand. Even his connections to anti-Semitic figures don't make him "not a Jew". They can make him an anti-Semitic Jew, at worst, but they do not remove any part of his Jewishness.

  22. Daniel Greenfield Yes Jews are a religious organization, and also much more than that. Won't spend my energy debating with you for long. I don't see Sanders pandering to anti-Semites. I see Sanders trying to win the presidential nomination and having to deal with all types of people, as all candidates do. It seems YOU are judging the behaviour of other Jews because some of us are not as religious as you. I didn't ask you to judge my belief system – it works PERFECTLY for me as it is, not as a 'start'. I try to stand in solidarity with other Jews, but how can I stand in solidarity with you when you've already judged me? That's our God's job, not yours. To live in this world peacefully – you don't tell others how to live their lives. Got it??!!

  23. Daniel Greenfield Perhaps the Jewish Press should give equal time to a Jewish writer who will explain why nobody can deny being a Jew even if their religious beliefs/practices don't fit into your description of being Jewish. My athiest father was a Jewish man. FACT.

  24. As a 'genetic Jew' (according to this BIGOTED author); I AM SICK AND TIRED OF SECULAR REFORMED JEWS BEING PILLORIED BY THE HYPOCRITES IN THE CONSERVATIVE AND ORTHODOX COMMUNITIES. ISRAEL LOVES OUR SECULAR REFORMED MONEY–WHILE THEY CONTINUE TO ATTACK FELLOW JEWS. BERNIE IS A JEW. HIS FATHER LOST THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY IN THE HOLOCAUST. AS FOR HIS POLITICS–NICARAGUA WAS MORE COMPLICATED. BERNIE IS FACING THE REALITY MOST OF AMERICAN JEWRY FACES–YOUR AUTHOR NEEDS TO GROW UP. IF ISRAELI ORTHODO JEWS ARE SO OFFENDED BY SECULAR REFORMED AMERICAN JEWS–THEN PERHAPS THEY DON'T NEED OUR MONEY EITHER. This is about the reality of being a Jew in the USA. If you are not wealthy-then you have to be careful. Don't we have enough enemies? Does you immature author have to attack fellow Jews who fail his political litmus test? I for one, am very concerned about rumblings that the Orthodox community wants a theocracy. AS A REFORMED JEWISH WOMAN–I DO NOT WANT ANY SORT OF THEOCRACY. FURTHERMORE, NO ONE CAN 'EX-COMMUNICATE' YOU FROM YHVH. I AM DEEPLY OFFENDED AND ANGERED BY THIS IMMATURE AUTHOR TAKING PETTY DIGS AT BERNIE SANDERS. WHO MADE THIS AUTHOR THE DECIDER ON WHO IS TRULY A JEW?! HOW DARE HE?!
    YOUR WRITER NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE IMMEDIATELY–OTHERWISE YOUR PUBLICATION AND THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY CAN DO WITHOUT OUR REFORMED DOLLARS.

  25. One last thing–BERNIE REFERS TO 'TIKUN OLAM'–OR THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THE WORLD. THAT IS IN THE TORAH. HOW IS THAT NOT A JEWISH RESPONSE?! FRANKLY, YOUR WRITER IS THE ANTI-SEMITE HERE. BERNIE IS LIKE MANY REFORMED JEWS IN THE USA–WHO HAVE HAD TO MIX IN THE MAINSTREAM. I BELIEVE IT WAS RABBI HILLEL WHO SAID THAT WHATEVER IS HATEFUL WHEN DONE TO YOU–DO TO NO OTHER. THAT IS THE WHOLE SUM OF TORAH–ALL THE REST IS COMMENTARY. GO LEARN IT–LIVE IT. BERNIE HAS DONE JUST THAT. SO ATTACKING BERNIE IS AKIN TO ATTACKING RABBI HILLEL. DANIEL GREENFIELD NEEDS TO GROW UP. FURTHERMORE, WHERE IS DANIEL GREEN FIELD'S—DOCUMENTATION PROVING HIS SPURIOUS CLAIMS ABOUT BERNIE?! JOURNALISTS HAVE TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION AND YET DANIEL GREENFIELD'S PIECE IS WOEFULLY LACKING IN THAT SAME DOCUMENTATION. ISN'T THERE SOMETHING IN A LITTLE DOCUMENT CALLED THE 10 COMMANDMENTS THAT FORBIDS …'BEARING FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR."? EITHER WAY GREENFIELD IS A LOUSY JOURNALIST AND A PETTY, LOUSY EXCUSE FOR A JEW.

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