Bernie Sanders hits back at Netanyahu over anti-Semitism claims


It is “not anti-Semitic” to criticize the Israeli government’s policies, the US senator has insisted.

US Senator Bernie Sanders has hit back at remarks made by the prime minister of Israel that pro-Palestinian protests at US universities are being overrun by anti-Semitism on a scale comparable to the rise of Nazism in Germany.


In a video posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday, Sanders, the progressive senator from Vermont – who is Jewish – accused Netanyahu of insulting “the intelligence of the American people” by using anti-Semitism to distract attention from the policies of his “extremist and racist government” in the military offensive in Gaza.

“No, Mr Netanyahu, it is not antisemitic or pro-Hamas to point out that, in a little over six months, your extremist government has killed over 34,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 78,000,” Sanders said, stressing that 70% of these were women and children.

The senator further stated that it is “not antisemitic” to point out that Israeli bombing has completely destroyed more than 221,000 housing units in Gaza, leaving more than a million people homeless and obliterating Gaza’s civilian infrastructure.

Sanders added that Netanyahu’s government has unreasonably blocked humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza, causing “thousands of children [to] face malnutrition and famine.”


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