FINALLY: Sanders Campaign Suspends Controversial Jewish Outreach Coordinator After She Curses Netanyahu

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Just a day ago, reported on the anti-Israel sentiments of Bernie Sanders’ Jewish outreach coordinator Simone Zimmerman.

Now, Zimmerman has been fired by Sanders after a Free Beacon report revealed the extent of Zimmerman’s anti-Israel sentiments.

In a March 2015 Facebook post obtained by the Free Beacon, Zimmerman called Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu “an arrogant, deceptive, cynical, manipulative [deleted]” and claimed that he had “sanctioned the murder of over 2,000 people this summer.” She later edited the post, swapping the profanity for “politician” and “[expletive] Bibi” for “shame on you, Bibi.”

Zimmerman is active in the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street and the “Open Hillel” movement—both of which have been criticized in the Jewish community for ignoring Israeli grievances in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and whitewashing Palestinian terrorism. Open Hillel rejects the Hillel campus umbrella organization’s guidelines on shunning partnerships with anti-Israel groups, while J Street has also been scrutinized for co-sponsoring events with anti-Israel organizations. Zimmerman has also been involved with IfNotNow, a new movement of young American Jews who oppose Israeli control in the disputed territories.

In a February op-ed for Haaretz, Zimmerman outlined her views on Israel, including her perceptions on what she called “grave injustices committed by the Jewish state” and the “disastrous reality of holding millions of Palestinians under military occupation.”

“Tell the UC Regents: anti-Zionism is not racism, it’s a political belief,” Zimmerman retweeted from the Twitter account of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace in March, reacting to the University of California Board of Regents’ sdoption of a report that condemned both anti-Semitism and forms of anti-Zionism that are anti-Semitic.

The initial decision to hire Zimmerman came after Sanders recently inflated the number of Palestinian civilian deaths in the 2014 Israel-Hamas war at least sevenfold—to 10,000—in an interview with the New York Daily News.

The former head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, wrote in an email that Sanders “needs to fire Simone Zimmerman” because “no amount of word changes can cure her ugly characterization of the prime minister of Israel and the Israeli army and people defending themselves.”

Sanders’s spokesperson, Michael Briggs, told the New York Times that Zimmerman has “been suspended while we investigate the matter.”

{JNS.ORG with Andy}


  1. We need to face the reality that of the four candidates remaining – Clinton and Sanders for the Democrats, Cruz and Trump for the Republicans – Sanders is by far the most anti-Israel and it isn’t even close. He is also quite ignorant about the basic facts in the Middle East.

  2. Sanders is totally clueless on the Middle East. He has never been interested in foreign policy and it shows. Trump and Cruz are almost as bad although Cruz is better on Israel. The only adult in the room and the only one who doesn’t support really dangerous policies is Clinton.


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