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