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Perhaps the most remarkable and disquieting aspect of the revelation that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is employing three senior advisers with records of involvement in antisemitic incidents, is the disinterest it has engendered in Democratic circles across the board.
First, it emerged that Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir and his senior foreign policy adviser Matthew Duss, while both serving previously at the left-wing think tank, the Center for American Progress, had in 2012 been involved on the center’s blog and website in the use of antisemitic tropes about Jewish dual loyalty and domination of money and politics.
Sanders - Deputy - Press - Secretary - Belén
Then it emerged that Sanders’ national deputy press secretary Belén Sisa had participated in a recent Facebook discussion in which she used the antisemitic trope of Jewish dual loyalty.
The antisemitic incidents involving Shakir and Duss encompassed such a furor at the time that it led the Obama administration, which was often deeply critical of and in conflict with Israel, to criticize those involved and cease contact with them.
History - Candidate - Feels - Ease - Figures
Given this history, it is astonishing that a Democratic presidential candidate feels entirely at ease with having these three figures, tainted with antisemitism, within his inner circle of advisers.
Nor is this all. The Sanders incident is occurring in a wider context of Democratic Party drift towards the vociferously anti-Israel positions of the hard Left, as well as the election to Congress in last year’s midterms of proponents of these positions – reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–NY), Ilhan Omar (D–Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D–Michigan).
THESE - NEW - Legislators - Israel - Existence
THESE NEW legislators clearly don’t support Israel’s existence and support anti-Israel campaigns, such as the Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment (BDS) movement – a position that, until now, enjoyed no support from a sitting member of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez is critical of Jewish communities in the West Bank (Judea/Samaria), even though they comprise less than 2%...
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