After praising Third World dictators and communist regimes, Sen. Bernie Sanders has finally found a group he opposes: Israel-supporting American Jews.
Sanders, who is Jewish, has announced he is refusing to attend the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.
The conference, scheduled for March 1, is apparently asking Democratic candidates to speak.
Sanders, who has never attended, said over the weekend that AIPAC provides a platform for people who “express bigotry” and oppose “basic” right for Palestinians, and so he was refusing to attend.
AIPAC called the comments “insulting” and “shameful,” USA Today reported.
“Bernie Sanders is another one of these self-hating Jews,” responds Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, a pro-Israel ministry. “And, unfortunately, what goes along with that is they're going to be hating Israel even though it is his heritage.”
Sanders was already scaring fellow Democrats after his decisive win in the Nevada caucuses, and it didn’t help when he didn’t retreat from a history of making glowing comments about Fidel Castro, which didn’t got unnoticed in Florida, home to many Fidel-hating Cubans and 29 electoral votes.
Markell says American Jews have witnessed President Donald Trump prove to be an ally of Israel during his first term, but those same people will choose their far-left politics over Israel, she predicts.
“The liberal politics become a god to a lot of these leftist people,” she says. “And, of course, my concern is a lot of Jews are going to vote for Bernie Sanders because they are just so enamored with liberal politics that goes above and beyond their faith or their concern for Israel."
In a Twitter post about Jews and left-wing politics, New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz predicts that Sanders as the nominee will “bring a lot of things to a head” in the Jewish community.
“It’s going to be important to not be cowered and not be afraid,” she writes. “He stands with bigots, he stands against Israel. Where do you stand?”