On Monday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders went on a tirade against Israel, telling the New York Daily News that the Jewish State’s defensive actions against Islamic terrorists were “disproportionate.” According to Bernie’s hazy estimates, “10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza” as a result of Israel’s bombing campaign.
These blood libels caught the attention of the Anti-Defamation League, a Leftist organization that usually harbors sympathy for Democrats. The ADL even called on the Democratic candidate to withdraw his remarks and correct the massively inflated figures he cited about Palestinian casualties in the 2014 Israeli defense operation in Gaza.
“Even the highest number of casualties claimed by Palestinian sources that include Hamas members engaged in attacking Israel is five times less than the number cited by Bernie Sanders,” asserted CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement, adding:
As Mr. Sanders publicly discusses his approach to key U.S. foreign policy priorities, including Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, accuracy and accountability are essential for the voting public, but also for U.S. credibility in the international community. We urge Senator Sanders to correct his misstatements.
Sanders is way off the reservation here. Even the world’s most virulent anti-Israel organizations dispute the candidate’s numbers. The United Nations itself believes that roughly 2,104 Palestinians total (including innumerable terrorists) were killed during the 2014 operations. Given the fact that the UN often draws its numbers from highly-suspect Hamas-affiliated sources, it’s safe to say that Bernie Sanders has officially lost his mind. Clearly, the senile socialist forgot to bring his meds with him after he escaped the geriatrics ward.
The graph below puts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into perspective, shining a blinding light onto Sander's apparent schizophrenia.
GRAPH OF MIDDLE EAST DEATH TOLL PUTS ISRAELI- PALESTINIAN CONFLICT INTO PERSPECTIVE pic.twitter.com/ik0XZSr5Ko— Bless the Just (@gloriakatz120) July 14, 2015
“During the Daily News interview, Sanders seemed unsure about the figure when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” reports The Hill. Nevertheless, Sanders decided to spew random figures anyway, signaling a disturbing trend in his campaign.
Sanders' dog whistles to Muslim voters and the extreme fringes of the Left have been heard since he began running for president. It’s no surprise that Sanders won by a large margin in Dearborn, Michigan, known as the Arab Muslim capital of the United States. While many pundits wondered why a high proportion of Muslims would support somebody who is nominally Jewish, they conveniently ignored the fact that Bernie’s anti-Israel sentiments struck a chord in the Muslim community.
From the BDS movement to Jewish Voices for Peace (a rather ironic title given the group’s sympathy for Palestinian “resistance”) anti-Israel groups have long relied on self-hating Jews to do their bidding and dismiss allegations of clear anti-Semitism.
The token nominal Jew is a necessary prop used to exclusively demonize the Jewish State without looking like a raging racist. Without Jewish effigies, these movements advocating for the extermination of Israel come off as nothing more than indulgences in hate-filled medieval anti-Semitism.