Bill de Blasio, Future Mayor of New York, Supported Anti-Semitic Marxist Terrorists

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Too many people were besotted with Bloomberg bashing to understand that the reason he won so many elections is that the alternatives were much, much worse.

And Bill de Blasio is about as bad as it gets.

Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government.

Mr. de Blasio became an ardent supporter of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries. He helped raise funds for the Sandinistas in New York and subscribed to the party’s newspaper, Barricada, or Barricade. When he was asked at a meeting in 1990 about his goals for society, he said he was an advocate of “democratic socialism.”

Now, Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, describes himself as a progressive. He has campaigned for mayor as a liberal firebrand who would set out to reduce inequality in the city by offering more help to poor families and asking wealthy residents to pay more in taxes. He said that seeing the efforts of the Sandinistas up close strengthened his view that government should protect and enhance the lives of the poor.

“It was very affecting for me,” Mr. de Blasio said of his work with Nicaraguans, in a recent interview. “They were in their own humble way, in this small country, trying to figure out what would work better.”

What did the Sandinistas do that worked better? Ask the Jews of Nicaragua. If you can find any.

In May 1983, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization dealing with instances of anti-Semitism worldwide, issued a statement denouncing Sandinista Nicaragua as “a country without Jews, but not without anti-Semitism.”

What happened to those Jews caught in Bill de Blasio’s Democratic Socialist utopia? Read the State Department’s human rights survey.

 In 1979 many of the country’s approximately 250 Jews fled abroad in the face of persecution and imprisonment by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). The FSLN bombed and partially destroyed the country’s only synagogue, then confiscated the property shortly afterward and converted it into a youth training camp. There is now a funeral home on the site. Some Jews have returned since the Sandinista Government was ousted democratically in 1990, but the total Jewish population of the country consists of fewer than 50 persons.

Or the ADL

Rosenthal, in an article prepared for publication in the ADL Bulletin, the agency’s publication, charged that along with the confiscation of Jewish property and forced exile of the Jewish community, the Sandinista government, which came to power in 1979, has been unresponsive to ADL appeals to end “these human rights violations” and permit the return of the Jews to their country. He wrote that the forced exodus of the Nicaraguan Jewish community was effected by subtle and direct threats or by forcible measures, two cases of which Rosenthal cited in the article.

And what was in that Barricada newspaper that Bill de Blasio loved so much?

At issue is an editorial in last Thursday’s edition of the government- control led newspaper ”Barricada” which tried to explain why the ”Yankee bureaucracy” has had difficulty in disbursing the money.

The editorial said there has been an ”excessive distrust” by the ”Yankees” toward the leading opposition coalition in Nicaragua and attributes this to the ”traditional ‘Jew-style’ with which the U.S. Congress manages the taxes of the taxpayers.”

One wonders what Bill de Blasio currently thinks of “traditional Jew-style” fiscal management. But it could have been worse.

The Managua daily, Nuevo Diario, July 1982, published a series of anti-Semitic articles which included a reference to the “synagogue of satan.”

And speaking of the synagogue…

Nicaragua’s only synagogue was sprayed with submachine-gun fire Friday night…

Jewish sources said two gunmen burst into the synagogue shouting, “We are Sandinistas!” and fired their weapons into the air. The guerrilas tried to set afire a can of gasoline near the door.

AP Dec 2, 1978

And.

One Friday night, a group of Sandinistas went to the synagogue, where the Jewish community was conducting its traditional Shabbat services, with the intention of setting some automobiles afire. Caught up in the mob frenzy, a few of the rebels tossed their Molotov cocktails at the synagogue and the front entrance burst into flames.

The Jews rushed to the exit to see what was going on, but they found the entrance blocked with automobiles. “Death to the Jews,” shouted the guerrilas. “What Hitler started we will finish.”

And there were other slogans as well…

Mr. Levy said he, too, was at the synagogue when a firebomb was thrown against the outside doors and he recalls the terrified worshippers hearing shouts from outside of ”Jewish pigs” and ”Judaism and Somozaism are the same thing.’

Finally the president was arrested and the synagogue was seized.

Elena Gorn, 32 years old, who lives in Hollywood, Fla., said she remembered slogans reading ”Out with the Jews” and ”Death to the Zionists” painted on the walls of the only synagogue in Managua and elsewhere in the city.

She said her father-in-law, Abraham Gorn, the recognized leader of Nicaraguan Jews, was arrested soon after the takeover on what she said were trumped-up charges of tax evasion. Mr. Gorn, then 75, was ordered to sweep the streets while his jailers taunted him with anti-Semitic jokes, she said.

Rosenthal reported at the press conference that the ADL has charged that the synagogue in Managua has been turned into a children’s social club, the exterior Stars of David covered with propaganda posters and the inside wall of the sanctuary have been plastered with anti-Zionist posters.

After enough negative publicity, the regime offered to return the synagogue in the 80s, but by then there were hardly any Jews left.

 “They gave a new definition to democracy,” Mr. de Blasio told The New York Times in 1990 in an article about the wistful reaction of American activists to the defeat of the Sandinistas.

Mr. de Blasio remained supportive of the Sandinistas, often referred to by their acronym, F.S.L.N., even after they lost power. “People who had shallow party sympathies with the F.S.L.N. pretty much dropped everything when they lost,” said Jane Guskin, a fellow activist in the solidarity group. “Bill wasn’t like that.”

To this day, he speaks admiringly of the Sandinistas’ campaign, noting advances in literacy and health care. “They had a youthful energy and idealism mixed with a human ability and practicality that was really inspirational,” he said.

After this, I wonder what could possibly lead a Jew to vote for a supporter of Anti-Semitic Marxist terrorists?

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  • glpage

    I wonder how deBlasio feels about the Miskito and other indigenous peoples in Nicaragua. They didn’t fare too well under the Sandinistas.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      USSR had no problems killing indigenous people. The hard core left isn’t P.C. It just uses the oppressed peoples narrative.

      • UCSPanther

        Anything to help their victim narrative. Cowardly and pathetic. Anyone who does that needs to be outright destroyed…

    • Omar

      The left doesn’t care about the plight of the Miskitos because they do not fit the anti-American agenda. Talking about the plight of the Miskitos undermines the left’s hypocritical propaganda against the United States for its alleged misdeeds in its historical relationship with Native American tribes. The left’s double standards lives on.

  • v

    Unfortunately, Jews will vote for him. The majority of American Jews lost all sense of Judaism. They lost the meaning of Judaism. They lost their sense of association with their religion and Israel.

    • Gee

      Unfortunately you are correct – I wish you weren’t but I would be lying if I said that

  • Omar

    This is frightening. I live in New York City, and I was hoping that this guy wouldn’t win the nomination. For much of the campaign, De Blasio looked like a long shot to be mayor, until all the left-wingers decided to support him. If he wins, there needs to be a more moderate candidate to challenge him in 2017.
    As for the Sandinistas, you can mention how horrible Ortega and his cronies treated their Native American populations in Nicaragua during the 1980s. The Miskitos suffered horrible conditions under the Sandinistas, including near- genocidal conditions in some circumstances. Yet, people would rarely hear about the Miskito’s plight (if they are heard from at all) under the Sandinista dictatorship because that would undermine the left’s self-appointed status as “advocates of the oppressed”. Furthermore discussing about the Miskito’s plight would undermine the left’s endless hypocritical propaganda against the United States for alleged misdeeds committed in its historical relationship with its Native American population. And thus, I refer to the Miskito people as Native Americans who do not fit the anti-American agenda. The left’s double standards live on.

  • Manaphy

    Once again, instead of actually debating those with opposing views in regards to Israel, Daniel Greenfield quickly pulls his finger onto the trigger and shoots out the “Antisemitism” card. Then after all of this, Jews are still confused as to so many call them cowards.

    • Omar

      And you would scream out the “Islamophobia” card any time someone makes a valid point against Islamo-fascism in the Middle East.

      • Manaphy

        I am not pro-islam, nor have i ever used the word “islamophobia”.

        • Omar

          Anyone who argues about Judaism or the so-called “evils” of Zionism (which is a liberation movement design to establish and maintain a Jewish state in the ancestral Holy Land) as well as repeats leftist propaganda against the West and democracy is an Islamist sympathizer. You should look at the amicable relationship between Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega (as well as his cronies in his country and other countries in Latin America) and the Islamist mullahs in Iran (and maybe even al-Qaeda). Bottom line: Most adversaries of the West and its foreign policies from the leftist perspective is a sympathizer of Communists and Islamists. That’s the reality.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      This isn’t about Israel.

      It’s about Venezuela.

      Helps to read the article before trolling.

      • Manaphy

        It is about Venezuelan Marxists, who may or may not have been critical towards Israel at some point of their history. Hence to you they are antisemites.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          It’s about their treatment of the Jewish community of Venezuela, which included firebombing a synagogue

          • Manaphy

            So because Bill de Blasio might have been slightly involved with said group, and even though de Blasio has considerable support from the Jewish Community, and even though de Blasio has never voiced support for the Sandinistas during his campaign, and even though he hasn’t had much contact with the group in decades, Bill de Blasio is still a vicious antisemitic Muslim naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Supporter of Anti-Semitic Marxist terrorist group in the 90s who still speaks fondly about it probably not the best choice for Mayor today

          • Omar

            The best choice for mayor of NYC is Joe Lhota. Both De Blasio and Carrion are horrible politicians. They are both Marxists. At least Lhota is a moderate who will keep New York safe from crime.

          • Manaphy

            I don’t live in New York, but if I did, Lhota would probably have my vote.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Adolf SHlTler has your vote.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            de Blasio is David Dinkins in WhiteFace,

        • Omar

          Earth to Manaphy, all Marxists are hostile towards Israel. Have you not noticed the unholy alliance between the Communists and other leftists in the West and the Islamist mullahs in the Middle East. They have a short-term goal of destroying the West and Israel and a long term goal of establishing a one world totalitarian government dominated by Marxism and Sharia Law, where there would be endless genocide of any and all people who resist the unholy alliance dictatorship. The Communists and the Islamists are the new Nazis. That’s the reality.

    • CowboyUp

      Unlike you, Greenfield knows what he’s talking about, and you’re obviously the one with the knee jerk reaction to go off half-cocked on some oblique.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Excellent break down of de Blasio’s background and who and what the Sandinistas are.
    Many reading this site don’t know about the Sandinistas or forgot since they have been out of the news cycle for years.

  • AdinaF

    As a native New Yorker, and now an American-Israeli, there is little doubt left that NYC politics has fallen down the darkest of sewers. Not only that, but the once Dem Party is nothing more than a shield for leftist revolutionaries dying to turn NYC, as well as the rest of the country, into a socialist, Marxist ‘paradise’.

    In the main, leftist dogma is the same world over and it will kill many more before it is ‘quieted’ – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma-the-same-world-over-freedom-loving-people-beware-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki-32-2/

    A Sisphean choice of leadership….
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://www.adinakutnicki.com

  • ajweberman

    If the Times would have released this info earlier there would have been a run off. It is not in his Wiki bio.

  • defcon 4

    And now they want to invite back the Jews they ethnically cleansed? Kinda sounds like the various islam0nazi states in the Mid-East.

  • kspill

    My parents tell me all about the Sandinistas and how they ruined our beautiful country. The fact that this man doesn’t see how these people destroyed an economy, historical sites and raided, raped and killed its own people for their own gains, makes me wonder what Deblasio has in store for NY, since he speaks so highly of this volatile group.

    • Omar

      This November, I’m going to vote for Joe Lhota. At least he’s a moderate in general, and he will keep the city safe from crime. He did a good job as the MTA Chairman (even though I disagreed with his skepticism over the possible extension of the 7 subway line to New Jersey [I am for the extension]), especially in the aftermath of last year’s “Frankenstorm” (Superstorm Sandy). Both De Blasio and Adolfo Carrion (an independent running for mayor as well) are left-wing fanatics who would love to see a Communist NYC. De Blasio sympathizes with the anti-Miskito, Marxist-Leninist Sandinistas and Carrion supports the far-left Communist separatists in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. I’m asking every New York voter, regardless of characteristics, to stop De Blasio and Carrion and vote for Lhota in November.

  • Boots

    If New York elects de Blasio… they deserve him. Let them return to the paradise Mr Dinkins created and Giuliani had to fix. The big question is will New Yorkers let de Blasio destroy New York to the point of no return… like a much larger version of Detroit?

  • brutus

    jewish vile collective behavior got them rounded up in nacaragua,so what. bill diblasio is very popular unlike treasonous israel firster jewws, i would rethink trying to attack him. ……jeww trash

  • brutus

    ANYONE THE VILE JEWS DONT LIKE IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR MAYOR