A Harlem man demanded Sen. Bernie Sanders explain his relationship “with your Jewish community” at an event at the iconic Apollo Theater today.
...“You went to Israel for a year. As you know, Zionist Jews—I don’t mean to offend anybody—they running the Federal Reserve, they running Wall Street, they’re running everything,” John Prince, who came to the event wearing a Black Lives Matter pin, yelled. “What is your relationship with your Jewish community?”
The diverse crowd at the Apollo responded with boos, and Mr. Sanders attempted to calm the visibly agitated Mr. Prince by calling him “brother.”
“No, no, no, no, no, that’s not what you’re asking. No that’s not what you’re asking. I’m proud to be Jewish,” he said to applause before pivoting to his stance on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. “I may be Jewish, but you’re not going to find any candidate running for president, for example, to talk about Zionism and the Middle East.”
“I am a strong defender of Israel, but we have got to pay attention to the needs of Palestinians,” he continued. “We’re going to have to treat both sides with respect and equality.”
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[Bernie's] press secretary, Symone Sanders—an African-American Black Lives Matter activist unrelated to him—took Mr. Prince aside afterward, exchanged contact information and promised to call him.
“We can talk about it tomorrow,” she told him. “I think where we couldn’t have a conversation about it any more came is when you asserted he speaks for all Jewish people—let me finish—Barack Obama doesn’t speak for all black people, he’s the black president. Bernie Sanders cannot speak for all Jewish people, but he’s more than willing to have a conversation.”
“Why don’t we talk about the Zionist Jews that own every major corporation and media company?” Mr. Prince demanded in response. “I want to know why a 74-year-old Jewish man doesn’t want to talk about his religion.”
“When have you ever met a Jew that did not care about other Jews?” he continued.
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