Bernie Sanders Invites Spain's Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Party Leader to Democratic Convention
Because of the tumult over the WikiLeaks revelations showing how the DNC worked to undermine Bernie Sanders’ candidacy in the Democratic primaries, few people have noticed the controversial guest that Sanders has invited to the Democrats’ convention.
Although Podemos came in third place in the June 26 Spanish national election, it is a political force to be reckoned with in Spain. Podemos had joined an alliance with other mostly leftist groups in a coalition called United We Can -- this was the name Podemos ran under. The alliance included the United Left, whose main component is members of the old Spanish Communist Party, which on its own has little support in Spain.
Composed of old Communists, Trotskyists, independent revolutionaries, Basque and Catalan nationalists, leftist urban intellectuals, and former supporters of the Socialist Party annoyed at what they perceive as its continuing compromises, United We Can models itself on the Marxist Greek party Syriza. Syriza brought the Greek economy to near total collapse.
To call Podemos blatantly anti-Semitic would not be a false accusation.
In Madrid, the party’s affiliate is called Ahora Madrid. The head of Madrid’s department of culture, Guillermo Zapata, who is a member, tweeted:
“ ‘How do you fit five million Jews in a SEAT 600 [a car]?’ Answer: ‘In an ashtray.’”
In 2012, he tweeted that Israel is “genocidal posing as an advanced democracy,” and resembles Assad’s regime in Syria.
Not surprisingly, United Left and Podemos support the international BDS campaign. They also supported the anti-Israel flotillas that attempted to sail to Gaza in support of Hamas in its war against Israel. They support virtually all measures the anti-Israel European left has proposed.
Podemos is so anti-Israel that it defends a notorious anti-Semitic Spanish magazine, El Jueves.
An English independent socialist internet magazine, Shiraz Socialist, recently ran an article about El Jueves written by Yves Coleman, appropriately titled: “Spanish radical left tolerates anti-Semitism.”