Democrat Rep Rashida Tlaib is now one of the first in the U.S. Congress to officially endorse the Anti-Israel group “BDS.”
Per Observer, The terrorist organization Hamas and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) share a common goal: The elimination of the Jewish State of Israel—one with rockets, tunnels, suicide bombers and explosives placed to kill the maximum number of civilians; the other with words and actions to demonize Israel, turning it into a pariah not worthy of its own state in the Middle East.
Rashida Tlaib is one of the 1st Congress members to endorse the BDS Movement to pressure Israel to end its crimes against humanity pic.twitter.com/TCbl2Vskko
— Days of Palestine (@DaysofPalestine) February 9, 2019
The news enraged many Americans who see Israel as our most reliable ally in the Middle East.
This is an embarrassment. The only ally we have in the Mideast is Israel. Hamas can launch rockets all day long but somehow Israel is the bad guy.
— SunKing_RLTW (@Ctesiphon75) February 10, 2019
I suppprt Israel’s human rights. Israel surrendered land to the Palestine’s only to have them constantly attack with rockets. Who deserves America’s support? Israel
— Ed Orme (@Eorme1Ed) February 10, 2019
Perhaps she can talk to Hamas about their terrorists activities. Perhaps she should move there to help Hamas become more civil.
— Kathryn Wilson (@Kathryn61576257) February 10, 2019
Per FreeBeacon, in January Tlaib slammed efforts in the Senate to pass a bill that, among other measures, would allow state and local governments to refrain from doing business with U.S. companies that boycott Israel.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, appeared on WBAI, a progressive radio channel, for an interview with “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman, where she was asked about her opposition to Senate Bill S.1, sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.).
“The Intercept is reporting that the Senate in its first legislative act will take up a bill that aims to prevent opposition to the Israeli government by allowing state and local governments to boycott any U.S. companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel,” Goodman said. “It’s called the ‘Combatting BDS Act’ … Can you respond to the state of laws and the legislation being introduced?”
“I agree with Senator Sanders and ACLU and others who see this as an anti-speech, anti-First Amendment bill,” Tlaib said. “The fact that we have our senators that right now could be voting on opening up our government, they have the bills in their hands, are voting on this, that’s distracting us from what is our focus, which is the American people.”
She castigated the “Combatting BDS Act,” a measure contained in the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019” to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which wages economic boycotts on the Jewish state and its people. Tlaid said the act is “literally an attack on our Constitution.”
“One of the most critical rights that we have in our country is freedom of speech. I cannot imagine our country not having the right to economic boycott,” Tlaib said. “I just wish the United States senators that are in power, that are in leadership right now, would not be so focused on taking away our rights and be focused on helping the thousands of families, millions going on the 18th day that are impacted by this government shutdown.”
Goodman brought up Tlaib’s tweet from Sunday, where she said Republicans in the Senate “forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.” The host quoted Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, who said Tlaib’s comment “could be interpreted as offensively insinuating dual loyalty – a trope with a long and troubling history.”
The congresswoman pushed back against Greenblatt and her critics by saying that “everyone knows what my intent was. I said ‘read the United States Constitution.’ That’s exactly what I want them to do because that is the law of the land.”
“I don’t want our right to be able to speak in dissent to be taken away. I don’t care if it’s Saudi Arabia or if it’s Israel or any other country,” Tlaib said. “I can’t imagine our members of Congress or even the residents back in the day that pushed back against the apartheid in Africa not to be able to boycott. All of these kinds of claims are just farce.”
Tlaib said the anti-BDS laws are “fundamentally un-American” in a statement to the Metro Times.
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