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Israel Lobby AIPAC slams Bernie Sanders for branding Netanyahu's Gov't "right-wing, racist"

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On Monday at a CNN town hall, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly . . . What I believe is not radical. I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level playing field basis."

He pointed out that Tel Aviv treats Palestinians "extremely unfairly," and called the coalition of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu a "right-wing, dare I say racist, government."

Only in America, where there is no global heating, social justice is everywhere you look, guns don't kill people, white people are more discriminated against than minorities, and Trump is the great Evangelical hope, could the assertion that the government of Netanyahu is far right wing and racist be controversial.

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee fired back, without naming Sanders:

 

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You have to be Jewish to criticize Israel's brutal suppression of the Palestinians. Otherwise, you'll be tarred as an antisemite. Bernie is among many Jews who have come to realize that we have a responsibility to take leadership on this issue.

Bernie has supported Ilhan Omar when she was most out on a limb.

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This makes Bernie truly great.

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Way to go Bernie. Call a racist a racist. While you're at it ask why AIPAC isn't registered as a foreign agent? Also, why not ask for an investigation into foreign interference in our elections?

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#FeelTheBurn - yes, of course, "the truth hurts", and "any and all" criticism of Israel is "strictly taboo" for anyone "running for office". For presidential candidates, any hint of criticism of Netanyahu and Israel, publicly or in private, may doom one's chances of ever "getting the nod".

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