Bernie Sanders wants us to believe that he is basically pro-Israel. Yet, he surrounds himself with vicious Jew-hating surrogates, including Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar.
This week, he hit AIPAC — American Israel Public Affairs Committee — as a “platform for bigotry.” And although he praises Fidel Castro’s murderous regime for its ‘literacy’ program, he is quick to condemn Benjamin Netanyahu as a “reactionary racist,” while he remains silent about Hamas lobbying missiles against Israeli civilians.
But when questioned about his views on Israel, Bernie falls back on “I actually lived in Israel for a few months.”
Yes, Bernie did in fact travel to Israel in 1963, but it was not on some “Israel solidarity” trip; He volunteered for a few months on a kibbutz – an agricultural collective community – where its members sang “The Internationale” — the anthem of anarchists, communists, socialists, democratic socialists, and social democrats. And flew a red flag during outdoor events.
….In 1963, when Sanders traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz there were scores of American Jewish students who also volunteered. So it is rather strange that Sanders has consistently refused to tell the press about his time there and the kibbutz he worked on. When asked, he and his campaign dodged the issue.
Why would Sanders not answer such a simple question?
Now we have the answer from the Times of Israel. In 1990, Sanders, who was preparing to assume his newly elected position as a member of Congress, was interviewed by Israeli journalist Yossi Melman. Sanders told him that he visited Israel “as a guest of the leftist Zionist Hashomer Hatzair movement and stayed at its affiliated kibbutz, northeast of Haifa.”
Calling Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim simply “leftist” does not sufficiently describe the ideology of Hashomer Hatzair members. At the time, most American students who were Zionists belonged to Habonim, a mainstream group affiliated with Israel’s governing party, Labor.
Hashomer Hatzair, to the contrary, was the affiliate of Mapam, the coalition political group in Israel that united a few different left-wing groups into one political organization. By 1969, Hashomer Hatzair had entered into a unity pact with Labor. Despite this, its own members remained left-wing socialists. Today, its descendants support Israel’s far left political party, Meretz.
But in 1963 when Sanders worked on Hashomer’s kibbutz, its members considered themselves Marxist-Zionists, and they held a pro-Soviet orientation which included supporting Soviet foreign policy.
…a few conservative websites have written about the importance of Sanders’ chosen kibbutz. At Frontpagemag.com, Daniel Greenfield describes its origins and notes how it mourned the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953, ironically just as the Soviet dictator was preparing a major purge of all Soviet Jews, in the so-called “Doctors’ Plot.” In the American Thinker, Thomas Lifson too says that Sanders’ stay at the Hashomer kibbutz “is consistent with Sanders’s honeymoon trip to the Soviet Union” as well as his later visits to Nicaragua and Cuba….