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Bernie Sanders Spokesperson Apologizes For Israel Comments

Bernie Sanders Spokesperson Apologizes For Israel Comments
Field organizer Belen Sisa of Arizona makes phone calls at a campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on February 19, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. ( Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:27 PM EDT

The national deputy press secretary for the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is apologizing after she made disparaging comments on social media about Israel.

According to Politico, Belén Sisa said she regrets asking whether the "American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel."

"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive. Issues of allegiance and loyalty to one's country come with painful history," Sisa said.

"At a time when so many communities in our country feel under attack by the president and his allies, I absolutely recognize that we need to address these issues with greater care and sensitivity to their historical resonance, and I'm committed to doing that in the future."

Sisa was referencing an online discussion that took place Sunday night, during which she also pledged her support of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who has come under fire for making statements considered to be anti-Semitic.

When asked if the question could be applicable to Sanders, Sisa wrote, "I think I would probably have to ask him? But his comments make me believe otherwise as he has been very blunt on where he stands."

And last month, according to The Washington Free Beacon, Sisa shared an article on Facebook that drew parallels between Democrats and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Republicans and the National Rifle Association.

It was reported last week, meanwhile, that two other members of Sanders' staff have been implicated in an anti-Semitism scandal.

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The national deputy press secretary for the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is apologizing after she made disparaging comments on social media about Israel.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:27 PM
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