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“Sanders faces denunciations for ignorant remarks about Israel” is the headline in the Washington Post, on a column by Jennifer Rubin about Bernie Sanders’s comments about Israel and Palestine to the Daily News.

It is propaganda from start to finish, beginning with the headline.

Let me translate. First the headline:

“Sanders faces denunciations for ignorant remarks about Israel”

The headline sounds  as if you’re going to read that NY Times editorial board and other organizations denounced Sanders for “ignorant remarks.” In reality, Sanders is only facing denunciation from people saying he “faces denunciation”– Jennifer Rubin and five other people who are as biased as she is. Translation: Me, Abe Foxman, and Jeffrey Goldberg would like people to believe you are ignorant and say ignorant things about Israel/Palestine! Back to Rubin:

As we noted yesterday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got slapped down by the Anti-Defamation League concerning his remarks in a disastrous New York Daily News interview.

Yesterday I wrote the ADL “reprimanded” Sanders. But then over night I realized that the pro-Israel community needs to reach out to non native speakers of English around the globe. So today I’m gonna tell those people ADL “slapped down” Sanders.

But both yesterday and today I think the ADL has moral authority to “reprimand “ and “slap down” a US senator.

My friends and I are going to use words like “disastrous” to describe that Daily News interview. We write “disastrous” enough times we think maybe a reporter (or fingers crossed maybe a debate questioner!) will ask Sanders, “How are you going to make American Jews and Israel feel secure after your disastrous New York Daily News interview?”

He characterized Israel’s response to Hamas shelling of Israeli citizens as disproportionate and exaggerated the casualty total in Gaza, a war provoked by Hamas’s targeting of civilians.

Senator Sanders, stay away from this subject. We are going to make you defend every Palestinian action since 1948.

Now historian and center-left politician Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, is denouncing Sanders’s remarks:

Now hot off the presses “Historian” (someone “impartial” “objective” non- emotional, a scholar who just tells you where  the evidence leads him), center-left (Israelis who are always taking the side of the Arabs)– even someone as non emotional as him is getting hysterical like me.

Oh and Michael Oren: Isn’t this the Right wing ambassador Michael Oren  appointed by Netanyahu, the Oren who hypothesized that the U.S. president’s “rejection by not one but two Muslim father figures informed his outreach to Islam:?

[Oren:] “First of all, he should get his facts right. Secondly, he owes Israel an apology. . . . He accused us of a blood libel. He accused us of bombing hospitals. He accused us of killing 10,000 Palestinian civilians. Don’t you think that merits an apology?

“He doesn’t mention the many thousands of Hamas rockets fired at us. He doesn’t mention the fact that Hamas hides behind civilians. He doesn’t mention the fact that we pulled out of Gaza in order to give the Palestinians a chance to experiment with statehood, and they turned it into an experiment with terror. He doesn’t mention any of that. That, to me, is libelous.”

OK Mr. Sanders say hello to your new life. Yes I did use “blood libel” “libelous” “owe Israel an apology” because you said something mildly sympathetic to the Palestinians.

We are going to be relentless every time you open your mouth about Israel/Palestine. Your time on the campaign trail will now be spent answering whether you agree with one pro-Israel talking point or another.

It is one more instance, as Hillary Clinton puts it, of Sanders “not doing his homework,” or worse, harboring views of Israel that make President Obama sound like David Ben-Gurion.

Let me tell you something Mr. Sanders, you don’t want me using the word “harboring” and “Bernie Sanders” in the same sentence. And Senator let me jog your memory. Remember all that talk of Obama being an anti-Semite, worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel? Well guess what. We think he sounds like Ben-Gurion compared to you. Now imagine the things we’re going to say about you. Now why don’t you go back to talking about the minimum wage and trade?

Sanders seems to get his information from anti-Israel talking points, which is not surprising since he seeks advice from a bevy of anti-Israel groups.

Sanders doesn’t have his own opinions or judgment on Israel/Palestine. I would like to put an image in your head of Sanders coming out of his office and shouting, “Where are the anti-Israel groups at? I’ve been waiting for the anti-Israel talking points for 2 days now!”

And no, I have no compunction in calling J Street anti Israel. That these people at J Street are devoting their lives to what they consider a pro-Israel cause might give  a weaker person pause.  Doubt is the first sign of weakness.

Yes I kept a straight face when I type “anti Israel talking points.”

It is not clear that Clinton wants to hit Sanders on foreign policy, particularly on anything that might be perceived as coming from his right. In this case, however, he is peddling falsehoods and doing exactly what Clinton denounced in her American Israel Public Affairs Committee speech last month. The subject was the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, but her words are equally applicable to Sanders’s remarks, which serve to undermine Israel’s right to self-defense and seek to make Israel an international pariah: “Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in Europe, we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” In essence, accusing Israel of war crimes surely fits that description.

Yes “peddling falsehoods” is an expression I particularly like to throw around. I also am going to use every opportunity to mention Hillary’s speech at AIPAC on BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions, and use the word “denounce.” Maybe that will save some kids from the BDS plague. And now I’m going to throw a lot of scary words at you. Let’s call it a  gentle prodding to stay away from where you don’t belong.

“undermine”” international pariah” “anti-Semitism” “repudiate” “malign”, “isolate” “undermine” “Jewish people” “accusing israel of war crimes”

Senator Sanders you don’t want this is your life. Have one of the kids at your campaign Google “Jimmy Carter -anti-semite” for you and see what turns up.

Sanders’s remarks will strike many New York voters as stunningly ignorant and ill-advised, if not downright offensive. At a time Sanders is (falsely) claiming Clinton accused him of being “not qualified,” he reminds New York voters that his knowledge of foreign policy is, well, almost as nonexistent as Donald Trump’s. That makes him just as unfit to be commander in chief.

Me, the ADL and Jeffrey Goldberg et al would love to convince New York voters (and everyone  else for that matter)  that Sanders remarks were not just ignorant but “stunningly ignorant” “ill-advised” and I’m going to try to get away with calling the remarks “offensive”  just as a trial balloon. Lets see what happens. And one last thing. Those of you who like Sanders, should  know he is no better than that nutjob  Trump.

What a good column by me! I even got to throw in a snide comment about Trump.


Yakov Hirsch

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  1. pabelmont on April 8, 2016, 10:56 am

    Sanders, the “poker player”? Love it! Or, in the alternative, squandering his campaign by carelessness on I/P.

    Could it be that he — who has for so long had only a very few central political positions, but who sees what Clinton is about — has calculated (it’s still a gamble of course, calculation in politics is a poker game) — that adopting a “human rights for Palestine” approach is positive for a progressive candidate in today’s USA. Please recall the drift away from Israel-First “even” among Demo rank-and-file in recent years.

    Let’s hope all this wasn’t just a careless blunder.

    • Emory Riddle on April 8, 2016, 12:00 pm

      Great opportunity for Sanders to expose these hypocrites and liars who are attacking him on this issue.

      A great educational opportunity.

      Let’s hope he does not back down like a coward.

      • echinococcus on April 8, 2016, 1:24 pm

        BS is obviously better at smelling the general mood. It’s also obvious that his new position that contradicts everything in his record is one of his political grandstanding tricks.
        It’s a fact that the ADL criticism will bring him votes.
        It’s also a good thing, as it will inflame debate.
        But in a country (and with a party) where it’s impossible to expect any politician keep to a new trend for longer than it takes to get the desired vote, I believe the record. Watch their hands, not their mouths.
        Otherwise, if we count the newfound critical voice in BS as sincere, we’d have to believe all the pseudo-populist newfound positions of the Empress Clinton II are just as sincere. Yeah.

      • RockyMissouri on April 9, 2016, 10:21 am

        Let it all see the light of day… The world will know of the cruelty that Israel tried to deny for so many years.

  2. niass2 on April 8, 2016, 2:33 pm

    I’m for Bernie. I’m not sure how many were killed, its too many. I am not sure he is in this to know, that’s what staff are for. He’s from Vermont, not Jerusalem. But data is data. He’s late for supper. No matter what he said those parties would be yapping, what else do they exist for?

  3. Boomer on April 8, 2016, 4:31 pm

    I don’t read Rubin, for obvious reasons, but thanks for the translation. Sad that WaPo gives her a platform to spew without annotation.

  4. lonely rico on April 8, 2016, 7:33 pm

    I do not read the Wa Po, but went and had a look at the responses to this queered propaganda by Ms. Rubin.
    I went through about 80 of the most recent letters, which suggest the following –
    70% denigrated Rubin’s (foolish) article,
    18% supported the article/position of Rubin,
    11% wrote OT/incoherently.

    Even readers of the WP can no longer stomach the cruel racist dispossession of the Palestinians.

    C’mon Bernie,
    these are your people –
    not Israelis –

    shedding their illusions,
    no longer in love
    with the demented murderous Zionist project in Palestine.

    • El Cazador on April 9, 2016, 10:18 am

      You’re not alone, lonely rico, on that matter, and I hope you and I will be joined by tens of millions in the US, and hundreds of millions on Planet Earth, to stop that little evil nazionist country named Israel from defying the UN and international laws and finally be a responsible, fair and just State, and give back the whole 47% of the Palestine territory back to the Palestinians, as per the UN Partition Plan (without having consulted the Palestinians first and having had their accord first, mind you). In 1948, some 2,000,000 Palestinians lost 53% of their territory to be given to some 150,000 Palestinian Jews back then. So Palestinians ended up with three small territories interlinked with each another. On Day One of the official creation of zionist Israel, terrorist, armed groups of European Jews like the irgun started shooting Palestinians, killing them, invading villages, scaring some 800,000 Palestinians into leaving their homes, villages, cities and country to save their lives, and that’s when the third Palestinian territory, bordering Lebanon, was stolen by the zionists. The second one, Gaza, lost nearly half its size in the following years, and now the West Bank looks like a swiss cheese, and is becoming smaller and smaller after every Israeli election… I’d guess you know about all this, but I like reminding it so other people can learn more facts about the Palestinians and Palestine, and the terrible situation the zionist State of Israel has imposed on Palestinians in Palestine, thanks to a feeble British government during the Palestine British Mandate.

      A view of an episode of hangings, on both sides, British and zionist:

  5. JWalters on April 8, 2016, 8:09 pm

    When those who rely on lies, as the Zionists do, focus their complaints on lying, their position is crumbling. Because once a discussion focuses on dueling claims about lying, it invites evidence to be brought in. And then their lies and their position will be destroyed.

    Hillary is now facing this problem with her slyly worded claim that Bernie is unqualified to be president (his not “understanding” relevant law). Her string of cleverly calculated deceptions is beginning to blow back.

  6. JLewisDickerson on April 9, 2016, 1:04 am

    Bernie Sanders’ detractors seem to pretty much be using the same playbook that was used recently without much success against Jeremy Corbin in the U.K. Hopefully, its highly orchestrated use against Sanders here in the U.S. (possibly incorporating lessons learned from the lack of success achieved by its past use) will be no more successful than was its use against Corbin in the U.K.

  7. kalithea on April 9, 2016, 1:10 am

    I know the Pope’s going to meet the refugees in Greece around the 16th; but I’m hoping Bernie gets to meet the Pope when he attends the conference at the Vatican and the footage goes viral. It’s about time Hillary gets to feel the bern. Then he can return to take New York. I’m counting on Papal intervention. If he wins after the Vatican visit; the headlines will be stellar.

    So F WaPo’s petty threats.

  8. JLewisDickerson on April 9, 2016, 2:15 am

    RE: “Sanders faces denunciations for ignorant remarks about Israel” is the headline in the Washington Post, on a column by Jennifer Rubin about Bernie Sanders’s comments about Israel and Palestine to the Daily News. It is propaganda from start to finish, beginning with the headline. ~ Yakov Hirsch

    “Inside CUFI’s 2011 Washington ‘Summit'”, Special to, 07/29/11
    ● Our eyewitness report on Christians United For Israel’s annual Washington conference

    [EXCERPTS] Over this past July 17th – 20th, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held its 6th annual Washington Summit in the nation’s capital to rally its staunch, militant support for Israel. . .

    . . . There were also some newcomers to this year’s Summit from the conservative end of the pro-Israel spectrum. These included Elliot Chodoff, a major in the IDF reserves; Colonel Ben Tzion Gruber, also from the IDF reserves; Commentary Magazine editor, John Podhoretz; conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager; the ultra-hawkish blogger Jennifer Rubin; and, of course, conspiracy theorist and former Fox News personality, Glenn Beck…

    . . . CUFI seems quite clearly disinterested in the concerns of Liberal Jews, and although touting itself as an organization dedicated to allowing Israel to choose for itself what it wants to do, this notion has yet to be seriously tested considering the current Government in Israel shares identical earthly aspirations to Christian Zionists (the other-worldly aspirations, are of course, different).

    And this is the rub – Christian Zionists love the idea of Jews – not Jews as they actually are, but as representatives of God’s ongoing truth and impending Christian salvation. They love religious Jews who, through the conflation of American and Israeli identities, many seem to think of as sharing the exact same values as them, minus Jesus. Whether it is CUFI on Campus students excitedly Tweeting “there are so many Jews here!” or women fawning over their new Star of David necklaces and sharing stories of possible Jewish lineage, it seems that actual interaction with Jews of diverse opinions is significantly lacking.

    So while conversion attempts are waning (some attendees expressed the idea that God is creating “one new man” with Christians and Jews as they are) there is still a need for conversion to the political philosophy of Christian Zionists. And this is where those Jews who are strong supporters of CUFI come in handy. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin [of the “Washington (Neocon) Post” – J.L.D.] spent a great deal of her talk slamming her co-religionists for being naively liberal, and referencing her fellow panelist’s father’s book – Norman Podhoretz’s “Why are Jews Liberal?” – as a way to try and explain that they have fallen away from God and been captivated by the “religion of liberalism” to which the audience expressed considerable dismay. Rubin and others are useful for this kind of criticism because it allows them to express contempt for their fellow Jews, which coming out of the mouth of anyone else would, quite rightly, be considered anti-Semitism. . .


  9. Boo on April 9, 2016, 9:41 am

    I’m well familiar with Rubin’s political stance and style, having read most of her columns since she joined the Post. They always reveal much more about her than they do about their ostensible topics. She apparently perceives herself as Krauthammer’s successor — Krautie Lite would be a better description. The present instance is no exception.

    She’s a lapdog for the neocons and a rabid attack poodle on any subject touching Israel. Her nonsensical use of the term “blood libel” is a prima facie example. Post readers are well aware of this, and the breakout of replies to this op-ed (80% dismissive of her tripe) is quite representative.

    Perhaps the most common reaction is “I can’t believe the Post keeps you on staff!” My assessment is that they need a useful idiot to write the kinds of things they’d never have the chutzpah to put in a top-fold editorial; Rubin fills the bill admirably.

  10. James Canning on April 9, 2016, 12:57 pm

    Jennifer Rubin can be relied upon for a steady stream of RUBBISH

  11. Kay24 on April 9, 2016, 1:33 pm

    ““He doesn’t mention the many thousands of Hamas rockets fired at us. He doesn’t mention the fact that Hamas hides behind civilians. He doesn’t mention the fact that we pulled out of Gaza in order to give the Palestinians a chance to experiment with statehood, and they turned it into an experiment with terror. He doesn’t mention any of that. That, to me, is libelous.”

    Yeah? You did not mention the occupation, land grabs, and women and children massacred during the last mowing of the lawn by Israel ( the reason why Hamas keeps sending rockets) and by the way how many died from those rockets so far?
    Make that 33.
    How many died during the Gaza massacre last time? Make that 2251 (mostly women and children). You did not mention any of that Oren. That to me, is libelous.

  12. Katie Miranda on April 12, 2016, 2:34 am

    …”experiment with statehood” has got to be the stupidest comment I’ve heard from Oren and he’s set the bar pretty low. People “experiment” with drugs, I “experimented” with pissing my parents off by dying my hair different colors, Picasso “experimented” with distorting the human figure.

    I’ll just re-write that sentence for him:
    He doesn’t mention the fact that we pulled out of Gaza in order to give ourselves a chance to experiment with new and different weapons upon a captive population in order to market the weapons as “combat tested.”

  13. eljay on April 12, 2016, 8:33 am

    … [Oren:] “First of all, he should get his facts right. …

    I agree, Mr. Oren. You might try doing the same.

    … Secondly, he owes Israel an apology. …

    He owes Israel a retraction and correction.

    … He accused us of a blood libel. …

    No, he got his facts wrong.

    … “He doesn’t mention the many thousands of Hamas rockets fired at us. He doesn’t mention the fact that Hamas hides behind civilians. He doesn’t mention the fact that we pulled out of Gaza in order to give the Palestinians a chance to experiment with statehood, and they turned it into an experiment with terror. He doesn’t mention any of that. That, to me, is libelous.” …

    Mr. Oren and his Zio-supremacist co-collectivists are experts at libel: When commenting on Hamas rocket-fire or knife-wielding Palestinians, they never mention Israel’s decades-long and on-going campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture, murder, belligerence, intransigence, supremacism and sundry (war) crimes.

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