US Jewish politician takes offense to 'dual citizenship with Israel' canard

June 10, 2015 22:31

Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is vying for the Democratic nomination for president, took offense on Wednesday to a statement from a radio talk show host who suggested that he is a dual Israeli-American citizen.

According to a report in the online news magazine Politico, Sanders, who is Jewish, was surprised when WAMU radio host Diane Rehm remarked during their interview, “Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.”

The liberal senator, who is officially an independent but is running as a Democrat, replied: “"Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I'm an American. I don't know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I'm an American citizen, period."

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