Bernie Sanders posts video citing ‘apartheid-like’ conditions for Palestinians
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Bernie Sanders posts video citing ‘apartheid-like’ conditions for Palestinians

In campaign clip, supporter compares presidential candidate’s past condemnation of South Africa’s old racist regime to his current view of Israeli policies

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent-Vermont, speaks during a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, February 21, 2016. (John Bazemore/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent-Vermont, speaks during a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, February 21, 2016. (John Bazemore/AP)

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders posted a campaign video with a supporter praising him for condemning “apartheid-like” conditions among Palestinians.

“He spoke out against apartheid in South Africa when crazily that was an unpopular thing to do and even today he speaks out against apartheid-like conditions in Palestine even though it’s not popular,” Shaun King said in the video posted Monday on the presidential campaign’s Facebook page.

King, a columnist and activist, spoke at the formal launch of Sanders’ campaign on March 2. The video breaks away from King’s speech to a highlighted online CNN headline, “Bernie Sanders smashes the Israel status quo.”

The CNN report, from April 2016, covered comments Sanders made about the US-Israel relationship in which he called on Washington to stop being “one-sided” in its position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the time Sanders was competing with Hilary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination for president.

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Israel has long bristled at use of the term “apartheid” to describe its policies toward the Palestinians, and officials regularly point out differences between South Africa’s former policies and Israel’s, dismissing use of the word as calumny meant to defame the Jewish state.

Sanders, an Independent of Vermont, has been among the Senate’s most trenchant Israel critics, releasing multiple videos last year decrying Israel’s use of lethal weapons to end protests and riots on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Sanders was the first Jewish candidate to win major nominating contests when he ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

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