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April 13, 2016 1:56 pm

Bernie Sanders’ New Jewish Outreach Director Cursed Netanyahu on Facebook, Accused Him of Sanctioning Mass Murder

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Bernie Sanders' new Jewish outreach coordinator Simone Zimmerman, pictured, once called the Israeli prime minister a mass murderer. Photo: Facebook.

Bernie Sanders’ new Jewish outreach coordinator Simone Zimmerman, pictured, once said the Israeli prime minister sanctioned mass murder. Photo: Facebook.

The new Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign cursed Israel’s prime minister in a Facebook post last year, virtually accusing him of war crimes, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday.

“Bibi Netanyahu is an arrogant, deceptive, cynical, manipulative a–hole,” Simone Zimmerman, who is Jewish, wrote on March 3, 2015. “F–k you, Bibi … you sanctioned the murder of over 2,000 people this summer.”

A former activist for the far-Left Jewish lobbying group J Street, Zimmerman also accused Netanyahu of “consistent fear mongering [and] for pushing Israel, in word and deed, farther and farther away from the international community.” She added that “a brutal military occupation of millions more continues under your watch.”

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Zimmerman later edited the post by switching “a–hole” to “politician” and “F–k you” to “shame on you,” according to the Washington Free Beacon, which obtained screenshots of the original and edited posts.

Zimmerman joins Sanders’ campaign after heading the campus chapter of J Street at Berkeley College, when she was an undergraduate. In 2012, while studying at Berkeley, she signed a letter criticizing the University of California for issuing a report on antisemitism on UC campuses. In 2013, Zimmerman wrote an op-ed calling on Hillel International to sponsor campus events promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Zimmerman has also been involved with IfNotNow, an emerging movement of young American Jews who oppose Israeli control in the disputed territories. In a February op-ed for the Israeli daily Haaretz, Zimmerman talked about her views on Israel and included what she believes to be “grave injustices committed by the Jewish state” and the “disastrous reality of holding millions of Palestinians under military occupation.”

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  • Jenny Bernstein

    If Bernie’s people vetted her, as presumably they did, and scoured her background, as presumably they did, then his lambasting of Israel over the Gaza war, is clearly reflective of his overriding view of the Jewish state. Rather than simple missteps on his part it is now in his DNA. One can only assume that the terribly misguided Ms Zimmerman helped mould Bernie’s egregious nonsense. Why egregious? Because Bernie speak to millions of young voters who idolize him and holds sway over their uneducated perceptions of Middle East complexities. And therein lies the YOOOG problem. The oracle spake and they all listened – up and down the country. And they know no better.

  • Yaakov

    So much for shemiras halashon.

  • Amit

    Well, as an Israeli I’m very sorry to say that she is right.

    • Scott Rose

      It’s fine if, as an individual citizen of Israel, you dislike your country’s leader.

      But for an aspiring U.S. president, who if elected, is entrusted with good management of the United States’ diplomacy with other countries, it’s a bad sign that Sanders would pick somebody who is flinging vulgarities and is hostile not just to one elected leader but to an entire allied country.

      It shows that Sanders has very bad judgment.

    • Leon Perez

      Amit, sorry that you are very unhappy with Israel’s Netaniahu, why don’t you leave Israel for, say, an European country
      where you will love the Jew hating leadership, and as a bonus,
      you’ll be loved for being a Jew. Happy travels!!

  • Scott Rose

    My recommendation, for people who want to know just WHO Simone Zimmerman really is, is for you to Google her name – “Simone Zimmerman” – together with the search term Israel – then go to Advanced Search and use those prior search terms, but tell Google not to search for Bernie Sanders in that search.
    Doing that allows you to see Simone Zimmeman’s own words, before she tried to put any “spin” on them for the Sanders’ campaign.

    You’ll learn that Simone Zimmerman is an anti-Israel hate-mongerer. Her thesis in school was on the topic of how to use Jewish day schools in the U.S. to turn Jewish children against Israel. She has no balance in her thinking – for her, Israel is bad, Israel’s enemies are good. You will never find in any of her writings, tweets, articles, posts, et cetera anything acknowledging that Israel’s anti-suicide-bomber fence and wall was built to keep Arab suicide bombers from mass-murdering people in Israel.

    Whereas in fact, many young people today support Israel, Simone Zimmerman as an anti-Israel propagandist will make absurd assertions, such as that all Jewish millennials support her anti-Israel propaganda campaigns.

    For his “Jewish outreach,” Bernie Sanders would have done better to hire a baked Virginia ham.

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