Sen. Bernie Sanders confronted by constituents: ‘F*** Israel!’

posted at 10:01 am on August 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

This summer’s war in Gaza has clarified at least one thing: The derangement of those who flail in vain for moral equivalencies between Israel and Hamas.

This conflict has been characterize by Israel’s observance of an absurd number of ceasefires which Hamas has broken, the visible lengths to which Israel goes to avoid civilian deaths – efforts which are matched only by the lengths to which Hamas goes to incur civilian casualties, and the Arab world’s abandonment of Hamas resulting in a virtual civil war between the terrorist group and the Palestinian authority. To ignore the lack of equivalence between Israel and Hamas in this conflict is to bare to an emotional and irrational attachment to the idea that both sides of this Middle East conflict are equally culpable for bloodshed.

Nevertheless, more than a few on the left are eager to profess their attachment to this delusion. Self-identified socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was recently confronted by one group of these gullible fellow travelers at a town hall in his home state (via National Review and BuzzFeed).

After being accused of demonstrating insufficient zeal for the cause by a comrade of apparent good standing, Sanders conceded that Israel had “overreacted” by striking United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees-run schools, which even the U.N. itself has admitted were being used by Hamas militants as missile depots. Even this asinine concession from Sanders was not enough to appease the dogmatists in this audience.

One attendee insisted that the Hamas tunnels into Israel, which video evidence shows were designed so militants could conduct raids on civilian towns, were constructed for “survival purposes.” Another heated town hall guest shouted that Hamas is a “service organization” and that it is “bulls***” to suggest their charter denies that Israel has the right to exist (it does).

“It’s not just terrorist group — it’s a service organization,” This particularly deliberative woman insisted. “It’s a word that means something to people! F*** Israel!”

Well, you can’t argue with that. Literally, you can’t, because it’s not an argument. It’s a tantrum.

And poor Bernie Sanders. He is berated consistently from his left – once more with spirit: from Bernie Sanders’s left – and is reduced at one point to telling his own constituents to “shut up.” When the Vermont senator asked his audience if they had ever heard of the Islamic State, a medieval group of brutes which have made themselves the primary concern of nearly every Middle Eastern government, one of Sanders’s annoyed spectators replied with a perturbed, prolonged, and childlike affirmative. Serious down twinkles.

In the past 24-hours, a Hamas leader has confessed that they ordered the kidnapping and execution of three Israeli teenagers which ignited this latest war and Hamas unilaterally violated another ceasefire negotiated in Cairo. There is no equivalency. There is no comparison. And those who attempt to make one are increasingly reduced to screaming children venting their frustrations in four letter words.


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Those are his peeps and he is getting what he has asked for

georgealbert on August 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

NY Daily

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Aaaaand these people vote.

Akzed on August 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Poor babies. The world is popping their bubble again.

Good Lt on August 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Sanders conceded that Israel had “overreacted” by striking United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees-run schools, which even the U.N. itself has admitted were being used by Hamas militants as missile depots.

Bernie Sanders is Vichy France. Those in the audience are Nazis. I make no apologies for accuracy in labeling.

rbj on August 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders confronted by constituents: ‘F*** Israel!’

Meh. Barky’s been saying “F*** Israel!!” since he first slimed into office and blamed Israel building apartments in Jerusalem suburbs for all the ills in the world … and eventually Barky and his junta couldn’t even utter the name “Jerusalem”, though they had little problem with shouting “Al Quds”. And Bernie Sanders has supported Barky from the beginning. SO, Bernie Sanders has been saying “F*** Israel!” himself, as is true of every lowlife POS who has supported Barky in any way.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Breathlessly waiting for jimbo56′s reasoned take on all this…

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

And yet the Jewish vote still goes heavily democrat, go figure. I know, I know there’s a difference between Israeli Jews and the ones h

bbinfl on August 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Unhinged leftist shallow thinkers. The head choppers smile.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Today’s DimocRats = Yesterday’s Nazi’s

Meople on August 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

What a bunch of maroons

cmsinaz on August 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

He’ll probably say something about Sanders Mom and gerbils.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I live in VT. So frustrating. This town is Middle of Nowhere. maybe half hour outside of Montpelier the state capital. So, these people, if they work, are working with State government, or academia, and live where the ONLY news they get (here’s my theory how VT is so batsh!t) is VPR public radio, BBC, etc.

This is the result. They get no other input.

aeroplane on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The left is mad, the right is mad. The federal government is out of control and picking up speed. Business is nervous and consumers aren’t consuming. The whole country is a pressure cooker and Eric Holder is turning up the heat.

Health insurance premiums are starting to be released for next year, the middle east is still burning while Russia and China are giving uncle Sam wedgies.

Once the average LIV puts down People Magazine turns away from American Idol long enough to notice what’s going on, things could get bad.

I’m nervous.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

And those who attempt to make one are increasingly reduced to screaming children venting their frustrations in four letter words.

Reduced, nothing.

The further left one’s ideology, the further removed is one’s intellect from a rational, adult worldview.

This is who they are: these people now infest the highest levels of our government structure and are becoming increasing emboldened to speak where once they kept quiet.

Its just so loud that now you hear them over your la la la can’t hearyoucanthearyou chant.

Dolce Far Niente on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

That is amazing. Sanders, and I loathe him, says something to the effect of, “Their (Hamas) view is that Israel should not have a right to exist”. The response? “Bullshit!” Not only is that a lucid and articulate retort it has the merit of being so obviously wrong and easily disproved by the Hamas Charter, that I seriously wonder if the shouting woman is mentally ill.

trubble on August 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I was born and raised in Vermont. It used to be a Republican state. I am shocked and disgusted that it has become a very small echo chamber for childish socialists.

dkmonroe on August 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

war in Gaza

I think the left-leaning Progressive meant to say ‘terror attacks by Hamas’

faraway on August 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Unhinged leftist shallow thinkers. The head choppers smile.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

We should send Bernie and his constitutes to Iraq to negotiate with ISIS… What could possibly go wrong?

oscarwilde on August 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Eric Holder is turning up the heat.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Ot – but I think that Holder is thinking about a presidential run. And probably because Carson seems to be inching in that direction.

If the GOP nominates a black conservative for the race, it’s going to break the left’s whole narrative about who is really stoking the divide in this country.

Walter L. Newton on August 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Those are his peeps and he is getting what he has asked for

georgealbert on August 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The far left hates Jews because their unequaled success all around the world, despite persecution and discrimination against them, blows their “Equality” paradigm out of the water. Nothing inspires hate so much as having your beliefs challenged by reality.

LashRambo on August 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Can Israel start taking out Vermont?

Rich on August 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

ISIS, Israel, Ferguson…..
.
Thank God we don’t have to worry about the open border crisis anymore….

FlaMurph on August 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

If the GOP nominates a black conservative for the race, it’s going to break the left’s whole narrative about who is really stoking the divide in this country.

Walter L. Newton on August 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

No it won’t. the left only has one moral or ethical standard, “The End Justifies the Means”. What that means is, that they don’t have to live up to any moral or ethical standards.

2. Of Means and Ends [Forget moral or ethical considerations]

“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” p.24

“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be….” pp.25-26

“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” p.29

“The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” p.34

“The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments…. It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…” p.36

The sooner people on the right quit living in denial about this, the sooner we can begin to effectively counteract it.

oscarwilde on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

“9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
2Thessalonians 2:9-12

Lies and delusion are integral to Leftist philosophy. If it weren’t for lies, liberals/left it’s would have nothing to say.

oldleprechaun on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I seriously wonder if the shouting woman is mentally ill.

trubble on August 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Maybe it was Rosie O’Donnell. She said she didn’t understand why we attacked Afghanistan, because they did nothing to us. Fire can’t melt steel. And she doubts the US version of the 9/11 attacks.

LashRambo on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

oscarwilde on August 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Should probably send tingles along to moderate.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 1h

Meet the firebrand cleric who inspires 1000s of ISIS fighters: a deadbeat fraud convict from Dearborn, MI http://www.freep.com/article/20140821/NEWS02/308210052/ISIS-cleric-Dearborn-Ahmad-Jebril

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Too bad that bullshit artist Sanders didn’t tell that woman to STFU and get into her Burka.

GarandFan on August 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I think everyone in the audience should go off to Gaza and be human shields. Or, better yet, Israel is bumping off Hamas commanders right and left. There are job openings.

Blake on August 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Did Bernie Sanders do the voice of “Steinbrenner” in the Seinfeld series?

dirtseller on August 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Replace Hamas with CCCP and you have a recreation of the rabid left from 1968-1990.

morbius on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

This is funny:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn3PVTYWSA8

Isreal makes some great comedy shows.

Blake on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

were designed so militants could conduct raids on civilian towns, were constructed for “survival purposes.”

If Sanders weren’t a eunuch he would have said, “Really? Is it normal for people to build tunnels INTO enemy territory instead of out in an effort to survive, you f**king retard?”

Then he would have read the Hamas charter word for word which is available on how many websites?

These are your people, Sanders, enjoy the treatment.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

“9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
2Thessalonians 2:9-12

Lies and delusion are integral to Leftist philosophy. If it weren’t for lies, liberals/left it’s would have nothing to say.

oldleprechaun on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Amazing that this is happening in the United States. Even more amazing that there are many who still insist that Biblical Prophecy is not being fulfilled even as we are witnessing it first hand.

bimmcorp on August 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

If the GOP nominates a black conservative for the race, it’s going to break the left’s whole narrative about who is really stoking the divide in this country.

Walter L. Newton on August 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I doubt it.

Yesterday was a twitter-fest about Larry Elder debating/arguing with Marc Lamont-Hill.

The near universal black response consisted of ‘uncle tom’, ‘house nigga’, and a slew of even worse variations on the theme that I won’t detail here.

Carson at the top of a GOP ticket will mean *nothing* in terms of changing the narrative. It may, in fact, drive the black vote to an even more aggressive turnout for the DNC candidate, whoever they are.

Seriously – it was visceral, hateful, and exceedingly ugly.

Midas on August 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Which one was libfree?

darwin on August 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The only “service organization” in the world with its own armed forces.

I wonder when the Red Cross is going to create a heavily-armed paramilitary wing, that should be interesting.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

This is good too:

I Got The Iron Dome Blues!

Blake on August 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Psycho Lefty, meet the psycho Left.

formwiz on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Who wants to bet the media won’t cover this the same way they covered stories alleging that Tea Partiers shouted “racial obscenities”?

Bernie owns this, these loons make up the fascist Democrat base.

Aizen on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I live in VT.

aeroplane on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Time to get out of dodge, buddy. Do us all a favor and move to a purple state.

crrr6 on August 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

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Good.

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

These people are the reason I own so many guns and a massive cache of ammo…

Wyznowski on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Bmore on August 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

It is a shame that Sacha Baron Cohen is reduced to playing Ahmed Jerbil.

F X Muldoon on August 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Ot – but I think that Holder is thinking about a presidential run. And probably because Carson seems to be inching in that direction.

If the GOP nominates a black conservative for the race, it’s going to break the left’s whole narrative about who is really stoking the divide in this country.

Walter L. Newton on August 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I’ve been thinking that too.
not so sure its related to carson possibly running but I think hes considering it.

dmacleo on August 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

What a bunch of wealthy guilt ridden white snobs with their 3 acre back yards and 3 dogs and university tenure. Nothing but time on their hands bitching about their own country but living in luxury while people in the rest of the country have to get up and go to work in factory’s and offices. Yeah, those “rubes” that shop at Wal Mart( the horror). I can’t stand these these effing people and their New England accents. Get the marbles out your mouths and speak like the rest of the country.

Hummer53 on August 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Sanders is a communist. He deserves to be berated.

earlgrey on August 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

You can’t fix stupid.

At least we know know who verbie, litard or die and the other trolls look like!

txdoc on August 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

And who was the angry bearded dude? He seemed to open for some reasonable discussion! /

Deano1952 on August 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Imagine those aholes as your neighbors.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Stick it to the man!

Little Boomer on August 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Does Mr. Holder not realize how many of us “normal” voters and Americans despise him for all his crimes?

Who the hell would vote for him? “His people” do not constute a majority.

Of course, I am forgetting about the left. . .

Cry for America.

Mariadee on August 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

“Iswael?” “Iswaewis?” Is the woman at the beginning of the video related to Tom Brokaw?

Penfold on August 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM

What else could one expect from the Peoples Republic of Vermont and their chief commissar?

rplat on August 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

This conflict has been characterize(D)D! D! D! Doesn’t anybody use a word processor/spell checker anymore??? Especially if you’re going to post it on a major internet site???

wdkeller on August 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The enemies in DC

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I wonder were Israel to use the SAME rockets that Hamas uses would it be okay according to the loudmouths in this country?

JayMac1 on August 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

How would those wonderful even-handed Vermonters react if somebody shot a thousand rockets randomly into the Green Mountains, that ended up blowing up a few houses or schools. Would they send the rocket shooters a Vermont Teddy Bear to appease them?

Maybe we should ask “La Belle Province” (Quebec) if they’re interested in some cheap hilly farmland between Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River. Let the Quebecois deal with these weirdos.

Steve Z on August 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Look if they are dumb enough to vote Sanders into an important office it would be obvious that they are to stupid to understand the difference between Hamas/Palestine and Israel. Israel would love to live in peace but Hamas/Palestine does not want Israel to exits any where. So the people of Vermont are so stupid they don’t understand that Israel is bombing to protect there citizens and Hamas/Palestine is using there citizens to protect there missiles. But what the heck the entire state is full of America hating liberals.

pwb on August 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Clearly, there are some LDS sufferers in the room (Liberal Derangement Syndrome). That video is proof positive that liberalism is in fact a mental disorder.

Those nuts make Sanders look like a right-winger. Insane!

Archer on August 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

If the GOP nominates a black conservative for the race, it’s going to break the left’s whole narrative about who is really stoking the divide in this country.

Walter L. Newton on August 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

No, the far left will just assassinate the GOP candidate, blame the far right for the murder (with MSM help), and go off on an SDS-style bombing, rioting and killing binge.

The left is nearly psychotic over the fact that The One hasn’t raised the Hammer and Sickle over the White House, thrown every registered GOPe into the “re-education camps”, and rounded up all gun owners for mass executions right alongside all members of the U.S. military.

That was his “promise” to them, according to them, and he’s too much of a wimp to “do the right thing”, in their view.

As such, they’re about ready to go into “burn, baby, burn!” mode.

They want to party like it’s 1969, and I don’t mean the song by Prince.

Ferguson is just the overture.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I doubt it.

Yesterday was a twitter-fest about Larry Elder debating/arguing with Marc Lamont-Hill.

The near universal black response consisted of ‘uncle tom’, ‘house nigga’, and a slew of even worse variations on the theme that I won’t detail here.

Carson at the top of a GOP ticket will mean *nothing* in terms of changing the narrative. It may, in fact, drive the black vote to an even more aggressive turnout for the DNC candidate, whoever they are.

Seriously – it was visceral, hateful, and exceedingly ugly.

Midas on August 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

People who respond online are typically more partisan than other LIVs, so I don’t think these responses characterize the total black electorate.

IF a black candidate* is at the top of both party tickets, it “frees” both the conservative blacks and the White Guilt Voters to vote for the Republican candidate. Since these are the people who actually put Obama over the line, it may be enough to elect Carson.
Even if Carson doesn’t run, since the above groups have already “punched their ticket” by voting for Obama, they don’t have as much incentive to vote for a black successor just because he’s black.

*Preceding analysis also applies to womyn voters as well, after they get their “First Woman President” which, unfortunately, is probably going to be a Democrat, but not necessarily Hillary or Liawatha (or so I sincerely hope).

AesopFan on August 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I live in VT. So frustrating. This town is Middle of Nowhere. maybe half hour outside of Montpelier the state capital. So, these people, if they work, are working with State government, or academia, and live where the ONLY news they get (here’s my theory how VT is so batsh!t) is VPR public radio, BBC, etc.

This is the result. They get no other input.

aeroplane on August 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I live in Vermont, and used to live in Plainfield, a 1-horse pee-hole of a town that doesn’t even have a grocery store. It is filled with AGW hippies and pot heads. There are people in that town that get up at 4am to roam the streets during winter and look for cars that were turned on to warm up. If the doors are left unlocked, they turn off the car, remove the keys and toss them into a snowbank.

It’s like you died and went to hippy hell. Weed. Socialism. Feminism. Gaia. That’s all they live for. And, of course, all the women look like a genetic nightmare.

thejackal on August 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Lies and delusion are integral to Leftist philosophy. If it weren’t for lies, liberals/left it’s would have nothing to say.

oldleprechaun on August 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

A great explanation of the Left, and where they are headed.

There is a party whose platform is sloth, envy, and lies.

landlines on August 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

What in the world is wrong with Vermont (and the Northeast in general)?

Seriously, go form your own U.S.S.A. and leave the rest of us alone.

Theophile on August 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM