On Rashida Tlaib
It was probably inevitable that Rashida Tlaib would win her primary election. She is now expected to be the first "Palestinian-American" congressional representative. As anyone would expect, and as should be considered perfectly normal, her family back in Beit Our al-Foqa, a village near Ramallah, is thrilled.
They do however expect things from her that would be suspect if these things were expected from a Jewish candidate.
"It's a great honor for this small town. It's a great honor for the Palestinian people to have Rashida in the Congress," said Mohammed Tlaib, the village's former mayor and a distant relative. "For sure she will serve Palestine, for sure she will serve the interests of her nation. She is deeply rooted here."
"They are Americans, like other Americans, and have deep roots here. So we expect them to serve their occupied and embattled country there," he said.
"She told the family that she wants to run for election to defend human rights, women rights, immigrant rights and the Palestinian rights," he said, adding that the Democrats are much better for the Palestinians than the Republicans. "There is a space in the Democratic party to defend Palestinian issues" he said.
As Jews throughout history have been accused of "dual loyalties," these statements about a Jewish candidate would provoke outrage. These days, Israel supporters may be accused of being "Israel firsters" or part of the Israel Lobby for supporting our country's most important and dependable (and Jewish) ally. Never forget that things that are allowed to others are forbidden to Jews.
Of course, these statement are coming from Tlaib's family members not from her, so maybe we shouldn't make much of them.
But we'd better pay attention to statements from Tlaib herself, like these from an article by Aaron Bandler in the Jewish Journal.
Tlaib’s history of anti-Israel statements include the following:
· Linking to an article on Twitter with the headline “How Israel Is Inciting Palestinian Violence” and writing, “This article is on point. I have witnessed it myself.”
· Tweeting support for Rasmea Odeh, who faces a life sentence in Israeli for murdering two American students in a 1969 supermarket bombing in Jerusalem.
· Tweeting that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meant that Harris is no longer “part of the resistance to racism against ALL people.”
· Telling The New York Times that her Palestinian roots give her “strength” and that she “will fight back against racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled” as she adorned a Palestinian flag.
Additionally, a key donor of Tlaib’s, Maher Abdelqader, once called for former President Obama to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and celebrated a former Syrian Catholic bishop who funneled weapons to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as a “freedom fighter.”
Here is a reminder (as if we needed one): Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. And it's growing.
Here is Tlaib's speech to CAIR-LA in 2014. The most interesting part of her speech (at least to me) occurs at 2:45. Other than that it's a pretty straight-forward speech all about her, her biography, some anti-Muslim incidents she's faced, and the things she's done as a state representative. What is more important than her speech is the fact that it is supporting CAIR and that CAIR was named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial.