The kibbutz Bernie Sanders stayed in may have been revealed – Washington Post
Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders, who could become America’s first Jewish president, has been less talkative about his religious practices and beliefs than many aspirants to the highest office, leaving unanswered seemingly innocuous questions like which kibbutz he stayed on with his first wife in a visit to Israel in the early '60s.
Volunteering on one of the communal settlements, which were often based on agriculture, was a rite of passage for many young American Jews.
In recent weeks, Sanders has made several references to his belief in God and what that means for him. But the name of the kibbutz remained a mystery until Thursday, when a clue was tweeted out by an Israeli reporter who interviewed Sanders 25 years ago.
Since Sanders declared his run for the presidency, his campaign has declined to answer questions about the kibbutz. The candidate’s older brother, Larry, said he could recall few details beyond the fact that Bernie met Argentine volunteers there who were interested in the viability of such an agrarian communal system on a bigger scale.
In Israel, the Kibbutz Movement — the umbrella organization for the 250 communal settlements — launched a Facebook campaign to find out where Sanders stayed, featuring the senator’s edited picture in a traditional Israeli “tembel” hat. Reporter Naomi Zeveloff published an article in the Forward about the search, prompting readers to write in, wondering why Sanders was so reluctant to disclose any details.
Then on Thursday Israeli journalist Yossi Melman tweeted that Sanders had told him the name of the kibbutz — Shaar Haamakim, meaning “Gate of the Valleys” — in a 1990 interview.
“Mystery solved!” exclaimed Zeveloff in a phone call Thursday evening, explaining that the Shaar Haamakim was founded in 1935 by immigrants from Romania and Yugoslavia and that it was affiliated with the socialist youth movement.
Melman’s original article, titled “The First Socialist” was reproduced on the Haaretz Hebrew website. In it, according to Zeveloff, Melman wrote that Sanders visited Israel “as a guest of Hashomer Hatzair [a secular Jewish youth movement with socialist ideals] and spent some time on kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’amakim. But upon returning to the United States he forgot about Israel, Zionism, and Judaism.”
The kibbutz Bernie Sanders stayed in may have been revealed – The Washington Post
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13. [Foreign Affairs/Stephen Pampinella] Bernie's World: A Foreign Policy for Sanders
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20. [Israel Hayom] Where the GOP and Democrats differ on Israel
21. [Jerusalem Post] Australian Labor party branch seeks to ban members from visiting Israel
22. [Jerusalem Post] While Brazil rejects Israeli envoy, it inaugurates Palestinian embassy
23. [Jewish Journal] Mystery solved? Bernie’s Kibbutz revealed
24. [Jewish Press] Senior Israeli official: French peace initiative doomed like the rest
25. [Middle East Monitor] Israel’s deputy foreign minister: Palestinians are 'under the influence of ISIS'
26. [Middle East Monitor] Swansea council slams pro-Israel group’s legal action as ‘attack on democracy’
27. [Mondoweiss/Nada Elia] The irreconcilable differences of liberal Zionism
28. [Mondoweiss/Philip Weiss] Sanders should declare a foreign policy of working with Iran in a ‘post-hegemonic’ world — Pampinella
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30. [Newsweek] The anti-Israel bias at CBS News
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32. [RT] Greatest threat to US? Sanders says ‘paranoid’ N. Korea, Clinton picks ‘belligerent’ Russia
33. [Times of Israel] Clinton tells Sanders his Iran policy would endanger Israel
34. [Times of Israel] Military censor seeks control over blogs, Facebook posts
35. [Twitter/MJ Rosenberg] Israel's ambassador to UK, Ortho Jew, flees 2 Israel, after caught repeatedly sexually abusing boys at residence
36. [Veterans Today/Gilad Atzmon] Controlled opposition and Jewish dissent
37. [Veterans Today] Foreign Policy Diary – EU Future?
38. [Vox] People of color will make up 31 percent of 2016's eligible voters — the largest percentage ever
Use Google to retrieve any of the above items — or simply skim the headlines to spot emerging patterns, themes, topics and trends among all the moving parts.
p>(I don't necessarily agree or disagree with any of the above sources or articles.)
–the two most significant trends I’ve noticed in this data
+increasing conflict between Israel and “the nations”
+increasing pro-Israel censorship and attacks on free speech
90 seconds per answer. Sheesh.
(I rarely watch these things, so it’s always a bit of a shock when I see it.)
It's intersting that he picked Stephanie Kelton to be Senate economist for the Democrats, but he won't defend the viability of his policy proposals by presenting a modern monetary theory explanation of how government spending works. I wonder if he holds to MMT but thinks it would be too much novelty for the general public to try to digest. Personally, I think progressives are shooting themselves in the foot if they continue to insist that spending must be funded by taxes (at the federal level).
Some introductions in Italian that could be skipped:
There is so much make believe in discussions at this level. I guess Sanders will never touch US support for takfiri types in its Libyan intervention. ISIS just happened in this narrative, or at most it happened as blowback for US invasion of Iraq.
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