Jewish comedian Jackie Mason has strong words for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, calling him a “self-hating Jew” in a radio interview. The segment, which aired Sunday, was previewed exclusively by Breitbart Friday.
Mason spoke during his his regular segment on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” a popular talk radio program broadcast weekends in New York and Philadelphia. Klein is also Breitbart’s senior investigative reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief.
Mason, who considers himself “the ultimate Jew”, took Sanders to task for repeated exaggerations and accusations levelled against Israel. When asked whether Sanders’s comments would be taken differently if they were made by a non-Jew, Mason replied, “If a non-Jew was saying it, people would call him an anti-Semite because he is an anti-Semite. Just because he’s a Jew doesn’t mean he can’t hate being Jewish because he obviously is a viciously self-hating Jew.
“For him to create all of these fraudulent statements, one on top of the other, exaggerations and out-and-out lies, and then he apologized for them and then he said it again. He’s like a man determined not just to criticize Israel, but a man who’s determined to prove not only that he dislikes Jews and Judaism, but he hates it and he hates Israel. You would think Israel is a Nazi organization and he’s a Jew fighting the Nazis. You would never know he was a Jew fighting a Jewish country. This man is violently sick.”
Sanders has been criticized for exaggerating the Gazan death toll in 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, accusing Israel of killing 10,000 innocent civilians. When confronted with the actual numbers — just over 2,000 deaths, 44 percent of which were combatants — he acknowledged his error. However, this did not prevent him from claiming Israel bombed hospitals and applied disproportionate force.
At the time, Klein himself pointed out the absurdity of Sanders’s position. Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stop the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza towards Israeli civilians. Despite the mounting danger to its own people, the Jewish state did everything in its power to minimize Palestinian casualties.
“And by calling Israel’s self-defense ‘disproportionate,’ what exactly is Sanders advocating? That instead of acting to minimize the terrorist threat against its civilians, Israel should respond to every act of Palestinian terrorism with an equivalent act?” Klein wrote. “Sanders’s statement is preposterous, nonsensical, and negates Israel’s ability to defend itself and degrade Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure.”
Lest anyone think he misspoke, Mason later emailed Klein to confirm he intentionally called Sanders an anti-Semite. According to Mason’s charges, Sanders does not uphold the Biblical command to love one’s fellow as oneself.
Nor is this the first time Mason has spoken out against Sanders for the latter’s views on Israel. The week before, on the same talk show, Mason called Sanders a “schmuck”, saying “There’s something about [Sanders] being Jewish that makes him self-conscious and nervous. And he has to prove to himself and to the country that he doesn’t favor Israel in any way.”