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May 24, 2016 2:14 pm

Sanders Taps Israel Critics, Including BDS Supporter, for Democratic Platform Committee

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Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on Monday picked two critics of Israel to be members of the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee, amid reports that Sanders wants the platform to focus on Palestinian rights.

Cornel West, a philosopher and social activist, supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. West has called the Gaza Strip “the hood on steroids” and wrote that the crimes of the Palestinian terror group Hamas “pale in the face of the US-supported Israeli slaughter of innocent civilians.”

Sanders’s other appointment, James Zogby, is president of the Arab American Institute non-profit, an organization known to be critical of Israel and mainstream pro-Israel groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In March, Zogby wrote for the Huffington Post that AIPAC-supported anti-BDS bills on the federal and state levels “have the effect of making the U.S. a collaborator in Israel’s violations of international law by protecting Israeli settlements that have been illegally placed in occupied Palestinian lands.”

Sanders also chose US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, for the platform drafting committee. His Democratic primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, named six committee members and US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, named four.

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  • SteveHC

    This wacko believes that the Democratic Party Platform should focus on Palestinan rights.
    The platform should be focusing primarily on US domestic issues and policies as well as on the global war on terror and ISIS, and secondarily on the US’s relationships with Russia, China, Europe and the UN. Everything else should be at the bottom of the list.
    His picks for the platform draft would seem to demonstrate that he truly would be an incompetent “leader if the free world.”

  • Yaakov

    I appreciate the fact that this article did not refer to Sanders as Jewish as the secular media, which considers Jews to be an ethnicity rather than followers of a faith and a way of life, does.

  • Sanders is a meshumad

    We must challenge him at every turn with the Jewish community in Israel, US, Canada and all of our allies to show him as a capo, and his allies who have been whipped up by a self-
    hating Jew.

    Jews live in many countries but our homeland is Israel. It is not the homeland for other people like Denmark for the Danes.

    Sanders is a meshumad by his actions, he has rejected the Torah as in ancient Egypt, miming and mimicking Torah Jews and Zionist Christians and zionist muslims.

    Let us show the “sanderites” the light and Israel the only true democracy in the Middle east, its great achievements in technology, military and the purpose for the rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem as a light to the nations.

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    Bernhard Rosenberg · Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Beth El, Edison NJ

    Any Jew who supports this attitude is no better than a kapo, same holds true for Jewish organizations and RABBIS. TO SELL OUT ISRAEL is a moral crime. NEVER AGAIN… RABBI FOR TRUMP

    KAPO

    Democrats drafting party platform include critics of Israel and a BDS backer

    Philosopher Cornel West, president of the Arab American Institute James Zogby, and Rep. Keith Ellison known for criticism of Jewish state

    • Andrew

      The only thing worse than a Kapo is a Jew calling another such a thing.

  • Bernie Sanders, another fine example of the Erev Rav working hard to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. And once again proving the Kapos in our midst are our great est disgrace and our worst enemy.

    Shame on you Sanders, you should know better at your age.

  • Bernie Sanders = Israelphobic pious progressive Jew”
    read “Chomsky Grilling Linguica” by Rochelle Owens
    A satirical poem about moral hypocracy

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