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April 6, 2016 9:56 am

Bernie Sanders Inflates 2014 Gaza War’s Civilian Death Toll at Least Sevenfold

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested that more than 10,000 Palestinians died in the 2014 Gaza war. Photo: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested that more than 10,000 Palestinians died in the 2014 Gaza war. Photo: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in an interview with the New York Daily News editorial board that Israel launched “indiscriminate” attacks against the residents of Gaza in 2014, resulting in what Sanders suggested were more than 10,000 Palestinian civilian deaths during that summer’s war between Israel and the Hamas terror group.

“Anybody help me out here, because I don’t remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. Does that sound right?” Sanders said. When told that the figure was “probably high,” Sanders replied, “I don’t have it in my number…but I think it’s over 10,000.”

“My understanding is that a whole lot of apartment houses were leveled. Hospitals, I think, were bombed,” he added. “So yeah, I do believe and I don’t think I’m alone in believing that Israel’s force was more indiscriminate than it should have been.”

According to the United Nations Human Rights Council, 2,251 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza war — including 1,462 civilians (65 percent). In its own report on the war, the Israeli government said that 2,125 Palestinians were killed, with at least 44 percent of them confirmed to have been armed members of Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Based on both the Israeli and U.N. estimates, Sanders inflated the Gaza conflict’s total Palestinian death toll about fivefold and its Palestinian civilian death toll at least sevenfold.

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When asked what he would of done differently than Israel during the Gaza war, Sanders said he is not qualified to answer that question, but still called Israel’s attacks against Gaza “indiscriminate.”

“But I think it is fair to say that the level of attacks against civilian areas and I do know that the Palestinians, some of them, were using civilian areas to launch missiles. Makes it very difficult,” said Sanders. “But I think most international observers would say that the attacks against Gaza were indiscriminate and that a lot of innocent people were killed who should not have been killed.”

Sanders, who is Jewish, noted that he has spent time living in Israel, has family members in Israel, and believes “100 percent not only in Israel’s right to exist, a right to exist in peace and security without having to face terrorist attacks.”

Yet Sanders also said that Israel must end its expansion of settlements if it wants to achieve true peace and security.

“From the United States’s point of view, I think, long-term, we cannot ignore the reality that you have large numbers of Palestinians who are suffering now, poverty rate off the charts, unemployment off the charts, Gaza remaining a destroyed area….I think if the expansion was illegal, moving into territory that was not their territory, I think withdrawal from those territories is appropriate,” he said.

Sanders also controversially linked the prospect of “positive” U.S.-Israel relations to the status of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“To the degree that they want us to have a positive relationship, I think they’re going to have to improve their relationship with the Palestinians,” he said.

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  • Is Sanders Bought by the vatican or mecca

    Is Sanders Bought by the vatican or mecca

  • From a Jewish perspective, someone seeking the truth about an event in the Middle East would consult learned scholars and historians who have an evenhanded, objective perspective. That is part of a Jewish kind of respect for educated opinion and legitimate authority, as well as a respect for honesty and impartiality. Being evenhanded does not necessarily mean taking a position midway between two opposing viewpoints. It does mean ferreting out the facts while considering the credibility of the claims being made. In some cases, that may mean arriving at a position much closer to that of one of the opposing parties than to that of the other.

    The secular ideologue, on the other hand, seeks, first and foremost, the fulfillment of his ideological goals. His ideology becomes his religion and may often be prompted by a need to fill a spiritual void in his life. I’ve coined the portmanteau word “ideolotry” to refer to this phenomenon. It is part and parcel of both left-wing and right-wing ideologies, and, if anything, I suspect it is more of a problem with those of right-wing bent. Being truly Jewish, that is to say, regarding Judaism as one’s way of life, protects one from this pitfall.

    It has appeared to me that Sanders has chosen people with ideologies similar to his own for advice. For example, he has recently mentioned talking to the president of the Arab American Institute and to J Street to help shape his perspective on the Middle East. Now there is nothing wrong with being both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian; a win-win situation is always the most desirable result, and justice for all is the goal. But based on the comments regarding Israel he has made, I suspect his choice of consultants and advisors has led to his adopting a stance that is not evenhanded, as he thinks it is, but rather biased somewhat against Israel and against the truth. It’s not that Sanders is dishonest; indeed, I think he is much more honest in general than his political opponents, and his economic philosophy based on social justice is much closer to the Jewish approach than that of his opponents. It is just a matter of giving more weight to less credible perspectives as a result of ideological influences.

    All of the above highlights why I think it is important to define Jews by their faith and by the way of life they follow rather than as some kind of mere identity or ethnicity. Jews are people of all races, colors, cultures, ethnicities, and DNA profiles. Someone who “looks Jewish” is someone who is actively and avidly pursuing the Jewish way of life, a life of respect for knowledge, integrity, and justice.

  • Jonah

    The Bush family has been cursed by God to the forth generation for what they did to Gaza. Bernie is a nut so God may go easy on him. Bernie is a liberal first, and they have no concept of Israel’s standing with God. He will put his finger in the air and say whatever it takes to get elected…just like Hilliary the harlot. They both will sell out Israel for a buck. The most dangerous combination for Israel is the movement away of morality in America…the antisemites ride that wave. Why?Because the Jews are Gods chosen ones and God looks down on alternative lifestyles, therefore not only do they reject God but they join with all the groups rising that want to eradicate Israel. This is Bernies base and he must feed his flock like all good liberals do. The bible seems to indicate in Daniel that the antichrist is a liberal Jew…but Bernie has a whole lot of catching up to do if he wants to acquire what it seems Obama has laid claim to.

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