Bernie Sanders – Hearing about the Holocaust pushed me into politics ‘I strongly defend Israel but I am concerned for Palestine’

Bernie Sanders says being Jewish means he understands racism as he gives talk alongside Eric Garner’s daughter in Harlem

– Bernie Sanders

  • The Senator  from Vermont is battling Hillary former senator for NewYork for state vote and black vote

  • He has won seven of the last eight primaries, took Wyoming on Saturday

Bernie Sanders told crowds in Harlem he understands how it feels to be racially victimized because he is Jewish.

The Vermont senator, who rarely discusses his Jewish heritage in campaign speeches, described crying as a child when he heard his father’s family was obliterated by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
That moment, he said, was a pivotal moment that drove him to become a politician to fight racism and hatred.
‘I am proud to be Jewish’, he added, though he said he feels ‘uncomfortable’ talking about himself and his background.

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Bernie on racism: The Vermont senator, pictured on Saturday in Harlem with Erica Garner as he described crying when he was a child and heard that his father’s family was obliterated by the Nazis in the Holocaust

He also said he is a ‘strong defender of Israel’ but believes that ‘we have got to pay attention to the needs of the Palestinians’, the New York Times reported.
Sanders was speaking alongside Erica Garner – whose father Eric was killed by police in an arrest that galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement – in New York’s Apollo Theater on Saturday.
Garner and fellow panelist Harry Belafonte, a prominent activist, both urged the crowd to back Sanders.
‘A whole bunch of Democrats said “black lives matter” or “Eric Garner”… well where are they?’ Erica said. She also slammed Clinton’s affiliation with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who she accused of ‘covering up murders’.
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Sanders is battling his rival Hillary Clinton for the black vote. Both have won endorsements from key figures in the NAACP.
Al Sharpton even mocked the well-documented contest between them in a cameo on Saturday Night Live this weekend, saying: ‘Each candidate gets a number based on their standing in the black community.
‘[Hillary] Clinton gets a 7.2 rating with black voters because her husband is Bill Clinton, who despite recent outbursts is beloved in the black community.
As for Bernie Sanders, he ‘gets a strong 6.3. Yes he was active in the Civil Rights movement, but he seems like the kind of guy who still calls Muhammad Ali “Cassius”‘.
‘A whole bunch of Democrats said “black lives matter” or “Eric Garner”… well where are they?’ Erica (right) said. She slammed Clinton’s affiliation with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who she accused of ‘covering up murders’
‘A whole bunch of Democrats said “black lives matter” or “Eric Garner”… well where are they?’ Erica (right) said. She slammed Clinton’s affiliation with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who she accused of ‘covering up murders’

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Sanders (pictured going to hug Ohio State Senator Nina Turner at the event on Saturday night) is battling his rival Hillary Clinton for the black vote. Both have won endorsements from key figures in the NAACP
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Harry Belafonte (right), a prominent activist, was also at the event and urged the crowd to back Sanders

Both candidates are also vying for a win in New York’s primary this month, storming the city with huge rallies and speeches. Clinton, whose campaign headquarters are based in Brooklyn, was mocked by Saturday Night Live for trying to portray New York as her home state.
Sanders, meanwhile, has gone to great lengths to remind voters it is his home state, even hosting a photo call at his childhood home in Greenpoint. And he has launched a new ad directed by Harlem-born director Spike Lee. It comes amid a winning streak for Sanders, who has won seven of the last eight primaries against Clinton. On Saturday he took Wyoming, which has a total of 14 delegates to add to the race. However, Hillary’s earlier wins mean she still holds a clear lead.

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