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Simone Zimmerman

Simone Zimmerman is the co-founder (alongside Elizabeth Warren’s radical staffer Max Berger) of the extreme-left self-hating Jewish group IfNotNow (INN), established in 2014.

Despite many of its members claiming to be of Jewish descent, INN is known for its vile antisemitism and Jew hatred. This group of “As A Jew” useful idiots works closely with other antisemitic organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestinian and Hatem Bazian, their founder. Together they call for the destruction of the State of Israel, idolize terrorists, and spread lies and false propaganda against the Jewish State. 

In 2018, INN recited Kaddish (the Jewish mourning prayer) for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists who were killed while trying to breach the Gaza-Israeli border to “free Jerusalem” and murder innocent Jewish civilians on their way to Jerusalem.

The members of INN use their Jewish ancestry as moral justification for their antisemitism and at the same time reject every Jewish value. They train camp counselors to infiltrate Jewish summer camps to teach Jewish children lies about Israel and demonize the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

While Zimmerman claims she does not support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, she did fully admit that BDS is a legitimate, non-violent tactic. Zimmerman has also praised the American pro-BDS group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which has ties to convicted PFLP terrorist Rasmea Odeh and Zimmerman declined to answer questions asking if she considers Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and the PFLP to be terrorist entities.

Zimmerman was hired as the Jewish outreach coordinator for the Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign but proved to be too radical even for Sanders and was fired after only 2 days over controversial social media posts.

Also in 2016, 3 days after the death of Holocaust survivor and founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Elie Wiesel, Zimmerman co-authored an article in which she accused Wiesel of working “to further a violent religious nationalist agenda”.

Simone also spreads vile lies about the Israeli military on her Twitter account:

  • In May 2018, she tweeted: “If Israeli leaders wanted to de-escalate in Gaza, they could have. But the truth is that the violence benefits them. They can pop champagne with their fanatic, racist friends, party to Eurovision soundtrack…”
  • During the 2018 Gaza border riots instigated by Hamas, Zimmerman claimed that Hamas terrorists are mere protesters although most of them were officially identified as terror operatives who were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks, or attempting to breach the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip to kill civilians.

In March 2019, B’Tselem announced Simone Zimmerman as their U.S. Director. B’Tselem is a radical-left anti-Israel NGO that obtains nearly all of its funding from European organizations and the United Nations.

Zimmerman’s family and friends are baffled how she, who grew up in a Zionist home in Los Angeles, attended a Jewish high school in the Valley, spent summers at Camp Ramah in Ojai with her United Synagogue Youth movement,  and seemed destined to become a stalwart of the pro-Israel community, became such an antisemitic radical.

The turning point for Simone was when she arrived at the notorious antisemitic campus of UC Berkeley in fall 2009 and became active at the local Hillel. Within a few years she transformed from a pro-Israel enthusiast, active with AIPAC, into a radical left anti-Israel activist who vigorously promotes Jew hatred across the U.S.

Simone Zimmerman (right) pictured at an AIPAC Event in 2009

This is one of many examples how impressionable and susceptible students such as Zimmerman are systematically indoctrinated at schools like UC Berkley with messages dehumanizing Jews and demonizing those who support Israel’s right to exist.