Why Bernie Sanders Says Terrible Things about Israel
It's been over a week since Bernie Sanders -- in an interview with the New York Daily News -- made arguably the most defamatory factual error of campaign 2016 by drastically inflating Gazan casualties in the 2014 Hamas-Israel war with a figure of "over 10,000 innocent people" allegedly killed by Israel. That number dwarfed those reported by the UN and even (amazingly) Hamas itself. Here's the transcript:
Sanders: Look, why don't I support a million things in the world? I'm just telling you that I happen to believe...anybody help me out here, because I don't remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. Does that sound right?
Daily News: I think it's probably high, but we can look at that.
Sanders: I don't have it in my number...but I think it's over 10,000. My understanding is that a whole lot of apartment houses were leveled. Hospitals, I think, were bombed. So yeah, I do believe and I don't think I'm alone in believing that Israel's force was more indiscriminate than it should have been.
Indiscriminate? Actually it was Hamas and Islamic Jihad that were indiscriminate by purposefully targeting Israeli civilians with their missiles, launched frequently from schools and hospitals in order to encourage reciprocal civilian deaths of their own people for propaganda purposes. And then there are the tunnels under Israel that Hamas and co. are still building to attack Israelis in their homes. All this after Israel withdrew voluntarily from Gaza.
Is it a coincidence that Sanders has chosen Simone Zimmerman, a BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel) sympathizer, to do his "outreach" to the Jewish community?
Such boycotts have been shown to hurt the Palestinians far more than they help them, but never mind. What interest me here is why Bernie Sanders -- a U.S. senator and the first Jewish presidential candidate -- would assert anything as absurd as the Israelis killed 10,000 innocent Gazan civilians. Why wouldn't he have the basic knowledge -- readily available to everyone as it is -- to know how far off his numbers were? Didn't he care?
Well, no. And there's a reason.