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Why Jews are Not ‘Feeling the Bern’ February 11, 2016

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bernie sandersSenator Bernard Sanders (Soc.-VT) was raised in a Jewish family… but is he himself a Jew?  Let’s examine his statements on the matter, and, of course, his halakha.

His Family

Brooklyn-raised Sanders was born to a Polish Jewish immigrant father whose family was mostly wiped out during the Holocaust, and a mother who was the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants.[1] His brother Larry, however, says that his nuclear family was “basically secular” and did not frequently attend synagogue.[2]  Bernie Sanders has been married twice.  With his first wife, he had a son, Levi.  His second wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, came with 3 children already in tow.  She is a Roman Catholic and she raised both her own children and Bernie’s son as Roman Catholics.[3]

His Faith

Sanders has stated, “I am not actively involved with organized religion.” His brother Larry reveals further, “He is quite substantially not religious.” At his bar mitzvah, his brother recalls, “He could read a prayer in Hebrew, but not with a great deal of understanding.”[4]  Though a self-described atheist, Sanders said he finds himself “very close to the teachings of Pope Francis.”[5]  It is not the Pope’s faith, however, that Bernie feels close to, but rather his socialistic political agenda.  When Jimmy Kimmel asked Sanders, “Do you believe in god?,” Sanders’s immediate and unamplified reply was a firm “No!”[6]

His Politics

He scored a solid 0 on a Faith & Freedom Coalition report card, but a perfect 100 from the Pro-Abortion lobby NARAL.

His Record regarding Israel

Sanders joined with the Democrats in boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in fall 2015. Read more here.


In Sanders’s own words: “I’m not particularly religious.”[7] Also noteworthy is that he does not wear a kippa or tallit in public.


  1. New York Times (2007).
  2. Larry Sanders (Jan 2016).
  3. Carol Felsenthal, “Jane O’Meara Sanders: Future First Lady?,” The Hill (9 Oct 2015).
  4. Washington Post (27 Jan 2016).
  5. Bernie Sanders; in USA Today.
  6. Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  7. Bernie Sanders; in Linda Feldmann, “Bernie Sanders,” Christian Science Monitor (11 Jun 2015).

Sirhan Sirhan: From Lutheran Schoolboy to Palestinian Assassin February 9, 2016

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Sirhan SirhanTuesday, February 9th, in California, 71-year-old Jordanian/Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan was once again (for the 15th time since his life sentence began) denied parole.[1]  This man, of Lutheran faith, was born on 19 March 1944 to a family from Taibeh, Jordan, then making their home in the Jewish homeland (then still known under its British Mandate name of “Palestine”) following an expulsion of rabblerousers by the Jordanian crown. His teachers at the Luther School were vehemently pro-PLO and instilled anti-Semitic hate doctrines into Sirhan as a young boy.[2]

In 1951, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated. According to his father Bishara Sirhan, 7-year-old Sirhan was overjoyed by the assassination a man the young boy viewed as a traitor to the PLO cause and became fascinated with studying the details of the event.[3]

On 5 June 1968, Sirhan Sirhan, then 24 years of age, shot and killed 42-year-old New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  Kennedy had just won the California Democratic Primary election when Sirhan, outraged by RFK’s support for Israel, assassinated him.  RFK had called for ending U.S. monetary or military support to any nation which was engaging against Israel militarily (which at that time included all of the Arab nations).[4] His mother would later defend his actions, stating “What he did, he did for his (Palestinian) country!”[5] His father, likewise, came to his defense, stating, “I do not regret his death as Kennedy the American politician who attempted to gain the presidential election by his aggressive propaganda against the Arab people of Palestine.”[6]

Sirhan was caught gun-in-hand and arrested, being initially sentenced to death. In 1972, however, the U.S. Supreme Court briefly outlawed the death penalty, causing his death sentence to be altered to a life sentence in Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.[7]  In 2013, he was relocated from his original prison to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego.[8]

On 2 March 1973, Black September terrorists abducted Cleo Noel, the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and demanded the release of Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan was not released at that time, but this event established Sirhan as being connected with Palestinian terrorism.[9]

91-year-old Paul Schrade, an RFK adviser who was one of the six men shot in the 1968 incident, appeared at the parole hearing to voice his forgiveness of Sirhan.  “I forgive you for shooting me,” Schrade told Sirhan. “I should have been here long ago and that’s why I feel guilty for not being here to help you and to help me.”[10]

Mel Ayton makes a poignant observation:

Populations are not culturally prone to hatred – they are educated toward it as studies of Nazi Germany show. The anti – semitism inculcated in German children in the 1930s and 40s remained with them into their old age and the West German government’s post-war attempts to promote anti-fascism had no effect on those who grew up during the Third Reich.

The propaganda used by Palestinians had no less an effect on the younger generations of children from the 1940s to the present day. From an early age Sirhan had been taught by educators, family members and friends that the Jews were ‘treacherous’, ‘an evil enemy’ and it was his ‘duty’ to rid Jews from Palestine. Sirhan’s generation was taught to hate, despise and fear Jews, to believe that it was not only right for every self-respecting Arab to fight the Jewish state and that it was just and desirable to destroy it.[11]


  1. Corkey Siemaszko, “Robert Kennedy Killer Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole – Again,” NBC News (9 Feb 2016).  Read it online.
  2. Mel Ayton, The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2007), chapter 3.
  3. Bishara Sirhan, personal correspondence.
  4. Ayton, op. cit., chapter 2.
  5. Mary Sirhan; in trial transcripts, U.S. v. Sirhan.
  6. Bishara Sirhan, personal correspondence.
  7. Linda Deutsch, “Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole in RFK Killing,” Associated Press (2 Mar 2011).  Read it online.
  8. Siemaszko, op. cit.
  9. Barry Rubin & Judith Colp Rubin, Chronologies of Modern Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2015), 188-9.
  10. Siemaszko, op. cit.
  11. Mel Ayton, “Sirhan was an ‘Unaffiliated’ Terrorist,” Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum (19 May 2006).

What a friend we have in… Egypt?! February 5, 2016

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It was confirmed today in a session of the Knesset that when Egypt pumped water from the Mediterranean Sea into ten Hamas “terror tunnels” last week, they did so in coordination with Israel.  The two nations worked together against a common enemy – Hamas – with Israel sharing intelligence information with Egypt regarding the locations of the terror tunnels.  The joint operation was deemed a success, collapsing the ten targeted terror tunnels and identifying an eleventh.  This was confirmed by Hon. Yuval Steinitz, Israeli cabinet minister.

The terror tunnel network was built using funds provided by the Obama Administration, supposedly given to the Hamas terrorist organization (formerly known as the PLO) under the guise of a “humanitarian aid” disbursement.  While the U.S. helped build the terror tunnels, operating as an enemy to Israel; traditional enemy Egypt came to Israel’s aid in collapsing the tunnels.  May wonders never cease!

The entrance to a tunnel exposed by the Israeli military is seen on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border

Hamas Terror Tunnel (image courtesy of REUTERS/Amir Cohen)


A fitting quote from General McClellan… February 2, 2016

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General McClellan to Trump

Why do we disapprove? Well, for starters….