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Sanders Aide Forced to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Facebook Post

“That’s just a terrible statement to make," one member of Congress said in response to the aide's post.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2019 @1:15pm
Sanders Aide Forced to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Facebook Post

The national deputy press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign, Belén Sisa, was forced to apologize for anti-Semitic comments she made on Facebook in defense of known anti-Semite, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Politico reported on Tuesday:

“A Jewish person from Sisa’s home state of Arizona pointed out the history of the “dual allegiance” slur in the Facebook thread — from the hangings of Jews in ancient Persia, to the 1492 purge of Jews in Spain, to Nazi Germany.”

“Sisa’s response: “This is a serious question: do you not think that the American government and American Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel? I’m asking not to rule out the history of this issue, but in the context in which this was said by Ilhan.”

“Another person on her Facebook then asked: “do you think Bernie Sanders has dual loyalty?” Sisa replied: “I think I would probably have to ask him? But his comments make me believe other wise as he has been very blunt on where he stands,” and then linked to articles on Sanders’ recent reaction to Omar’s comments.”

Sisa’s questioning of whether American Jews had a dual allegiance to Israel drew backlash from “Jewish leaders across the political spectrum,” including Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)

“I would totally disagree with that. It’s ridiculous. … She’s wrong,” Frankel told Politico “That’s just a terrible statement to make.”

Frankel went on to tell Politico that Sisa’s comments were an example of why “Bernie Sanders is not my candidate.”

The Facebook post was deleted by Sisa after Politico reporters started asking her questions about her comments.

“In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive. Issues of allegiance and loyalty to one’s country come with painful history,” Sisa told Politico. “At a time when so many communities in our country feel under attack by the president and his allies, I absolutely recognize that we need to address these issues with greater care and sensitivity to their historical resonance, and I’m committed to doing that in the future.”

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