Will Bernie Sanders Lead the Democrats in the Direction of Britain’s Labor Party—Anti-Semitism Included?

Speaking to a British audience in 2017, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders declared that “what [Jeremy] Corbyn has done with the Labor party is not dissimilar to we’re trying to do with the Democratic party.” One can assume that Sanders meant only to convey that he wants to make the Democrats more socialist, not more anti-Semitic, but he has never offered any objection to Corbyn’s anti-Semitism, and one of his campaign’s most visible surrogates, Linda Sarsour, would seem to fit right in with Labor, as Dominic Green writes:

Sarsour [recently represented] Sanders’s campaign as a speaker at the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) conference. . . . Israel, she said, is “built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else”—a libel as equally likely to emerge from the mouths of Islamists as from the thumbs of white nationalists. It’s impossible, Sarsour said, to oppose “white supremacy in America and the idea of being in a state based on race and class” without also opposing the existence of a Jewish state.

Naturally, this specious and defamatory linkage was affirmed by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Naturally, when footage of Sarsour’s diatribe appeared online, she did her best to wriggle out of it with a statement about “context”—but not one about AMP’s official conference program, which called Zionism a “disease” intending to “destroy the purity of al-Quds [Jerusalem].”

Sanders’ alliance with Sarsour isn’t just Magical Grandpa, [as some have nicknamed Corbyn], being sentimental about the kids who remind him of his radical youth. Like Jeremy Corbyn’s passion for Islamists, it’s a calculated attempt to catch votes, transform the party membership, and upend the centrist party managers. These tactics worked for Corbyn. But when Magical Grandpa shakes the tree, it’s not just money that falls out.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Bernie Sanders, Democrats, Labor Party (UK), Linda Sarsour

 

Don’t Let Iran Go Nuclear

Sept. 29 2022

In an interview on Sunday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the Biden administration remains committed to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic, even as it pursues its brutal crackdown on the protests that have swept the country. Robert Satloff argues not only that it is foolish to pursue the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal, but also that the White House’s current approach is failing on its own terms:

[The] nuclear threat is much worse today than it was when President Biden took office. Oddly, Washington hasn’t really done much about it. On the diplomatic front, the administration has sweetened its offer to entice Iran into a new nuclear deal. While it quite rightly held firm on Iran’s demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from an official list of “foreign terrorist organizations,” Washington has given ground on many other items.

On the nuclear side of the agreement, the United States has purportedly agreed to allow Iran to keep, in storage, thousands of advanced centrifuges it has made contrary to the terms of the original deal. . . . And on economic matters, the new deal purportedly gives Iran immediate access to a certain amount of blocked assets, before it even exports most of its massive stockpile of enriched uranium for safekeeping in a third country. . . . Even with these added incentives, Iran is still holding out on an agreement. Indeed, according to the most recent reports, Tehran has actually hardened its position.

Regardless of the exact reason why, the menacing reality is that Iran’s nuclear program is galloping ahead—and the United States is doing very little about it. . . . The result has been a stunning passivity in U.S. policy toward the Iran nuclear issue.

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More about: Iran nuclear deal, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy