The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy? by Zaid Jilani, AlterNet staff writer Oct 10, 2015


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One of the most appealing qualities of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the presidency is how consistent he is. While Hillary Clinton continually faces questions about her changing positions, Sanders is seen as the good kind of broken record; someone who says what progressives want to hear over and over again, for decades.

SANDERS ONE WEAK SPOT = Very quiet on Palestine-Israel

Burlington’s Foreign Policy

Sanders = Mayor of Burlington, Vt, in early 1980s = Rejuvenated and more equitable and progressive city = But he had a foreign policy for the city dfined in his memoir Outsider In The House. “I saw no magic line separating local, state, national and international issues.” = Brought in foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky to speak in Burlington in 1985 = Mostly about U.S. policy in Latin America = Sanders wrote to federal leaders to condemn U.S. involvement there.

Sanders traveled to Nicaragua to witness the casualties of the U.S.-sponsored civil wars firsthand. “I will never forget…dozens and dozens of amputees in wheelchairs – young soldiers, many of them in their teens, who had lost their legs in a war foisted on them and financed by the U.S. government.”

Speaking Up For Palestinians, Once

1988 Sanders said = “The sight of Israeli soldiers breaking the arms and legs of Arabs is reprehensible. The idea of Israel closing down towns and sealing them off is unacceptable.” as he supported Jesse Jackson’s for Dem President. = NASTY ROTHSCHILDS MAFIA MEDIA + AL GORE + AIPAC DEM BACKLASH = Jackson was under HEAVY MAFIA FIRE and SANDERS FELT IT ALSO as he offered support for Jackson’s position = Went further on Israeli treatment of Palestinians during the first intifada.

SANDERS = “The United States of America is pouring billions of dollars into arms and into other types of aid in the Middle East. Has the United States of America used its clout, the tremendous clout that it has by providing all kinds of aid to the Middle East, to demand that these countries sit down and talk about a reasonable settlement which will guarantee Israel’s sovereignty, which must be guaranteed, but will begin to deal with the rights of Palestinian refugees.”

Sanders was asked if the wanted US sanctions and he said NO, but said “you have the ability when you are the United States of America, which is supporting the armies of the Middle East, to demand that these people sit down and support a reasonable settlement.” + “Or else you cut off arms…If the United States goes into the Middle East and demands a reasonable, a responsible, and a peaceful solution to the conflict that has gone there because of its clout because of the tremendous amounts of money that it is pouring into that region I think we can do it.”

1988 Sanders = 100% aligned with global human rights = U.S. MUST Resolve Israel-Palestine using its leverage as the major underwriter of Israel’s SURVIVAL.

NOW SANDERS = Missing Palestine Plank = Asked about his thinking on Israel-Palestine in Chicago

SANDERS = PATENTED ROTHSCHILDS MAFIA Response = “In terms of Israel and Palestine you are looking at one of the more depressing tragedies that has gone on in the world for the last 60 years. And I would not be telling you the truth if I said I have a magical solution. But this is what I do believe. I believe in two simple principles. Number one, Israel has a right to exist in peace and security. The Palestinians are entitled to a state of their own with full political and economic power. That’s the broad view that I hold and I will do everything that I can to make that happen.” = A GOAL WITH ZERO PATH to get there. = WORTHLESS STALEMATE!

MISSING = Cutting off arms transfers to Israel like 1988.

SANDERS = “I’m not a great fan” of Netanyahu. = Remarkable comment from a LEADING contender for the presidency.

SANDERS = Would like to move away from providing military aid to Egypt and Israel and instead “provide more economic aid to help improve the standard of living of the people in that area.”

SANDERS Spokesperson Michael Briggs said = “Bernie does not and has not ever supported cutting off arms to Israel and that has never been his position.”

FACT: SANDERS = NEVER votes against military aid to Israel = AFRAID to stand up on the issue when it counts.

SANDERS = Did not cosponsor the legislation before Congress that praised Israel’s war on Gaza. + DID NOT VOTE TO BLOCK IT.

SANDERS in LAST MONTH = His campaign finally started to roll out foreign policy platforms on his website = MOSTLY repeats MAFIA DRIVEN U.S. foreign policy mantras + Two-state solution + BS that “Israel’s right to defend itself” against a harmless dominated people. + BUT He also now condemns “disproportionate” violence by Israel and killings of civilians by the Israeli army. + HIS Platform calls for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.

FACT: SANDERS = NEVER attended AIPAC EVENTS + NEVER speaks at pro-Israel rallies + Hasn’t traveled to region in decades. = He does not align with the harsh anti-Palestinian politics of many of the mainstream Jewish organizations = American Jewish Committee + Anti-Defamation League.

FACT: Sander’s brother Larry supports BDS = Boycott + Divestment + Sanctions Campaign.

2015 Oct Sanders Mega-rally in Boston = 25,000+ People = Largest Democratic Primary History = Young Boston Students for Justice in Palestine wanted to show a banner reading, “Will Bernie #feelthebern 4 Palestine?” but a staffer refused to allow them into the event. = CONFIRM HIS LACK OF SUPPORT.

AFTERWORDS = BIG ANGER AND DISAPPROVAL led SANDERS campaign to respond by his manager, Jeff Weaver, personally calling the student activists and apologizing = “They shouldn’t have been excluded…It was an overreaction by an over-eager staffer who didn’t show good judgment.”

SANDERS = SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE = A POWERFUL TOOL AGAINST ROTHSCHILDS MAFIA RUN HILARITY CLINTON = Clinton wrote a letter to major Israeli-American donor Haim Saban vowing to help fight the Palestinian movement + Parroted MAFIA “talking points” linking resolution to MAFIA RUN ISIS conflict in Syria.


SANDERS = REFUSES BIG MONEY = USUALLY JEWISH Pro-Israel Donors = NO Billionaire donors like Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson.

SANDERS = Average donation = Less than $30 = Rising youth + Minority Base that dislikes Israeli VIOLENCE AND MASS MURDERS by 2 to 1 = Israel’s 2014 war against Gaza “unjustified” + Most intense in Hispanics + African Americans.

SANDERS = BIG CHANCE to reunite the Obama Coalition that won twice = Stake out territory Jesse Jackson’s CONCEPT he supported 25 ago = “Feel the B E R N ” for the Palestinians and human rights.

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