So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
—The Great Gatsby
Now that Bernie Sanders has established himself as a serious candidate, the world is beating a path to his past. Everyone wants to know everything about Bernie. Not today’s Bernie, they don’t want to know his policy towards Big Banks or how he would fund national health insurance. They don’t care what he thinks about economic inequality or environmental issues.
No, they want to know the really important things, like which kibbutz he worked on in 1963. The name of the Jewish camp summer camp he attended in 1953. What Hebrew school he attended. They want to know the name of the first Jewish girl he kissed. And finally, the world is dying to interview Bernie’s commie mohel. Yep, you heard me right. More on that later.
This is precisely what the same right-wing provocateurs did to Barack Obama in 2008. They went back through his past with a fine-tooth comb. They discovered who Obama had brunch with on Sundays. Where he went to the shvitz. OMG, he had dinner once with Ali Abunimah! OMG, he read Saul Alinsky! They found out which revolutionary study group at Columbia he belonged to. They ferreted out meetings with the Weather Underground. And they dug up his radical pastor who tutored him in the ways of revolution and plotted to smash missiles at an air force base. That’s what led to Barack Obama–Commie community organizer.
Now they’re trying to do the same thing to Bernie. Remember the Indonesian costume that Barack Obama was pictured wearing, which ostensibly showed that he was indeed a true Muslim? Now they’re picturing Bernie in Kibbutz kova tembel, a sure sign that he is an Israeli-inspired revolutionary cadre.
Since Bernie was a red diaper baby, and a good Jewish boy, he had to have a bris. But not just any mohel would do. It had to be a Party member in good standing. So Bernie’s bris was performed by the last mohel who was also a Party member in the Bronx.
Hymie Linkster-Smolik remembers Bernie fondly. “He had such a cute little shmeckle. And he bled true Party red.”
In 1963, the party sent him on a secret mission to Israel, then considered a socialist worker’s paradise. His commissar instructed him to infiltrate Kibbutz Sha’ar HaAmakim. The Politburo suspected members of ideological heterodoxy and Bernie was sent to make a report.
One oddity Bernie noted in his final report was the Kibbutz members were insufficiently loyal to Comrade Stalin, who’d only been dead a decade at that point. They refused to honor his birthday and even went so far as to considering dismantling the collective ownership of the means of production.
Eventually, Bernie returned home where his new orders were to infiltrate the budding radical student movement on college campuses in the Midwest and Northeast. He told his superiors that Vermont was becoming a hotbed of radicalism and requested that he be assigned to recruit new cadres in the Green Kingdom. And that is how Bernie came to Vermont and turned the Green Kingdom into a commie paradise.
And now, thanks to Yossi Melman we know which kibbutz Bernie Sanders infiltrated. It seems Bernie spilled the beans in a 1990 interview with Melman (well before he ever thought of running for president). And thanks to David Horowitz’s FrontPage Magazine, we know the Bernie Sanders was a Stalinist Marxist communist radical traitor. Thank God for such probity and reason. Now the American people will know what the readers of American Thinker and FrontPageMagazine already know: Bernie Sanders is a flaming revolutionary, a Jewish Bolshevik. Bernie Sanders must not be allowed to run this country. If he does he will turn it into kibbutz Sha’ar HaAmakim, circa 1963.
On a more serious note, it’s clear to me that the geniuses behind Frontpagemagazine and American Thinker would prefer to erase the first 30 years of the history of the State of Israel. In those decades, the State was dominated by the Kibbutz movement. The greatest intellectual minds, professors, educators, engineers, agricultural experts–all were members of the Kibbutz movement. Generals in the IDF and the intelligence chiefs all hailed from the same Kibbutz movement. In those days you could not separate the State from the Kibbutz. Until 1977, the country itself was largely led by European Jews (and their descendants) who imbibed socialism with their mother’s milk.
But now, Jewish neo-cons have become historical revisionists. They’re not denying the Holocaust. They’re denying Zionism. They’re writing kibbutzim out of their rightful role in Israeli history. And mangling history in the process. You can’t do that.
To try to smear Bernie Sanders by claiming that he visited a “Stalinist Marxist” kibbutz is in itself anti-Zionist. Because the kibbutz movement epitomized Zionism.
It’s also interesting that David Horowitz is trying to smear Bernie for his visit to a mainstream Israeli kibbutz nearly 50 years ago. The Jewish neocon forgets that he himself was a radical SDS member and supporter of the Black Panthers at the end of the 1960s. But unlike Horowitz, Sanders finds nothing to apologize for in his old associations. Nor should he.
Look people, stop trying to turn Bernie into something he isn’t. He is an American Jew with the emphasis on American. His values come from deep within Jewish tradition. Rooted in Biblical prophecy. He may not be religious Jew, he may not daven in shul (though he did play a rabbi in a low-budget 1999 comedy, My Ex-Girlfriend’s Wedding). He may not lay tefilin. But he’s like most other American Jews, a secular Jew. A Jew who believes in the American dream. Like all other American Jews. You can’t turn him into a Muslim like you could Barack Obama. You can’t turn him into a Communist,. You can’t turn him into a Bolshevik (though they’ll try for sure). He’s an American through and through.
Deal with it.