Twitter freaks out over Bernie Sanders's Gaza gaffe

Published April 7th, 2016 - 09:53 GMT
Bernie Sanders after the New Hampshire primary in Feb. 2016. (photo: AFP)
Bernie Sanders after the New Hampshire primary in Feb. 2016. (photo: AFP)

An in interview with the New York Daily News published Monday, one US presidential candidate made a gaffe about Israel's 2014 bombardment of the Gaza Strip. 

"My recollection is 10,000 innocents were killed in the war in Gaza [in the summer of 2014]," candidate Bernie Sanders told the News. In reality, the death toll was closer to 2,200, according to the Gaza Health Ministry and the Palestinian Center For Human Rights. 

Twitter users freaked out at Sanders's mistake. 

 

 

Soon enough, a petition popped up asking Sanders to correct his mistake: 

The US-based NGO Anti-Defamation League quickly seized on the comment to promote their own agenda: 

And soon after that, the Anti-Defamation League started getting some flack of its own: 

Finally, someone pointed out that it's perhaps understandable Sanders would make such a mistake: after all, the number of killed and injured combined during the war stands at about 11,000.

 

--HS


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