Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
On September 1970, terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked four passenger planes headed for New York City. The Marxist terrorists separated Jewish passengers and took them hostage. The hijackings ushered in the age of modern airline security with x-ray machines and armed sky marshals, and the War on Terror, when President Nixon ordered an attack on the terrorists.
(President Nixon’s order to bomb the terrorist encampments was never carried out due to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird undermining his decision. “I didn’t have a big argument about it: I just didn’t do it,” Laird recalled. He then told Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lie that there was too much cloud cover to bomb the terrorists.)
On another September, 31 years later, Islamic terrorists successfully repeated the same feat, and bypassed the antiquated security measures, to hijack four planes, and kill thousands of Americans.
Philip Agnew, Bernie’s new senior advisor, had celebrated the PFLP and had commemorated a 9/11 anniversary by tweeting, “Tomorrow America remembers the day that she turned on herself, dismantled her constitution, and killed her own citizens in the name of money.”
“I am excited to welcome Phillip to our team,” Sanders was quoted as saying. “He is a gifted organizer.”
Bernie’s gifted organizer had commemorated September 11 with an Instagram caption, “#neverforget what goes round comes round.”
The cartoon he was captioning pictured the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center as boomerangs labeled, American foreign policy. The cartoon was by Carlos Latuff, an anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist figure, who had taken second place in Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest.
Agnew had co-founded Dream Defenders, a radical anti-American hate group, which claimed that, “Post 9/11, the US declares a War on Terror and becomes a militarization, incarceration, deportation and surveillance machine around the world, all to keep colonial control over people, land and resources.”
Agnew had also promoted Dream Defender’s Blacked Out common core curriculum meant for children as young as 11, which celebrated the violent racists of the Black Panthers, the Marxist butchers of the Sandinistas, and the PFLP.
The curriculum intended for children celebrates the PFLP terrorist group as a “communist, working‐class party” and “Marxist‐Leninist and revolutionary socialist organization” whose goals include “the destruction of Israel”.
“They want to be free from global imperialism. They want liberation. They want equal rights. Just like the Dream Defenders,” the curriculum claims.
Dream Defenders neglects to mention that a key strategy in the PFLP’s Marxist-Leninist struggle was the murder of Jewish children.
In the Avivim school bus massacre, PFLP’s Marxist-Leninists ambushed a bus full of first, second, and third graders. After waiting for other vehicles to pass, the Communist killers targeted the bus with bazooka shells and machine gun fire leaving the floor covered in bloody text books and lunch boxes.
9 children were killed in the attack and another 19 were wounded. The dead included a brother and sister, 7 and 9 years old.
In the Kiryat Shmona massacre, PFLP terrorists attacked an apartment building, killing everyone they encountered inside, including 8 children.
Iris Sheetrit hid in a closet while the PFLP terrorists shot her mother, her 12-year-old sister, her 8-year-old brother and youngest 5-year-old brother. After they left, she came out and saw her younger brothers lying on the floor. Her dying mother told her to run away and hide.
While these attacks took place in the seventies, the terrorist group has continued to carry out killings. The United States government has designated the PFLP as an FTO or Foreign Terrorist Organization. That means providing material support or resources to the terrorist group is punishable by up to life in prison.
But supporting an FTO doesn’t preclude you from becoming a senior adviser to a presidential candidate.
At least not when that candidate is Bernie Sanders.
Agnew had been a longtime surrogate for the Sanders campaign. He’s been campaigning in Mississippi for Sanders alongside fellow surrogate Danny Glover. Glover had worked with the Black Panthers, a violent racist hate group, was a longtime supporter of Castro and the socialist regime in Venezuela.
“We all embraced Hugo Chavez as a social champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being,” Glover had declared.
At a prayer breakfast, during Bernie’s failed effort to win in South Carolina, Al Sharpton, the racist hate group leader, declared that he knows Bernie because he knows his surrogates like, Nina Turner, Cornel West and Phillip Agnew. West is a friend of Louis Farrakhan, the racist leader of the Nation of Islam, who had praised Hitler. He’s a supporter of Hugo Chavez, and is a 9/11 Truther, and a BDS supporter.
Despite Bernie’s insistence that his chosen flavor of socialism is European, the presence of Agnew, Glover, and, West, are reminders that it’s revolutionary Marxism that excites his base.
The Dream Defenders curriculum included support for the Sandinistas: the Marxist thugs who had ethnically cleansed the Miskito Indians and the country’s Jewish community, throwing firebombs at a synagogue, that the regime later seized, while shouting, “Death to the Jews”. More recently, the Sandinistas under Ortega had actually opened fire on a church.
But Bernie Sanders had visited Nicaragua and returned, singing the praises of the Marxist regime. He’s praised Castro, and defended brutal Marxist regimes across the region.
If Sanders were to win the White House, would the Blackout Curriculum be endorsed by the Department of Education? Could we see 6th graders across America being indoctrinated to support terrorism?
Phillip Agnew had slurred Israel as “ethnic privilege masquerading as a Jewish State” and accused Jews of having replicated, “the cruel discrimination and displacement that led to the founding of your supposed “homeland”. Then he declared that Dream Defenders supports BDS. But Bernie Sanders is surrounded by BDS supporters, including Cornel West, Linda Sarsour, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Danny Glover, and others.
Sanders is touting the support of Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson. The racist bigot had previously claimed that Obama’s reign would stop the “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades”.
The Sanders campaign is full of bigots and supporters of Marxist terrorist organizations.
What does all of this mean for America?
“#thankyouferguson for your Molotov,” Bernie’s new senior adviser had tweeted. That same year, he boasted that he was not an activist, but a militant.
Win or lose, the primary or the election, the Sanders campaign is meant to wreck America. Bernie Sanders claims that he wants a revolution. Take him at his word. His surrogates and advisers do.