Antisemitic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Aims To Wipe Out American Groups That Support Israel
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) has a long documented history of antisemitism. Her disdain for the Jewish people has been on full display since she stepped into the political spotlight as a freshman Member of Congress nearly two years ago.
“We also need to recognize – and this is for me as a Palestinian American – we also need to recognize as I think about my family and Palestine that continue to live under military occupation and how that really interacts with this beautiful Black city that I grew up in," Tlaib began, referring to her hometown of Detroit. "You know, I always tell people, cutting people off from water is violence from Gaza to Detroit. And it's a way to control people, to oppress people. And it's those structures that we continue to fight against.
I know that you all understand the structure that we've been living under right now is designed by those that exploit the rest of us for their own profit," Tlaib continued. "I don't care if it's the issue around global human rights and our fight to free Palestine or to pushing back against those that don't believe in the minimum wage or those that believe that people have a right to health care and so much more. And I tell people, those same people, that if you open the curtain and look behind the curtain, it's the same people that make money and, yes they do, off of racism, off of these broken policies. There is someone there making money and you saw it! . . .
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League and special assistant to former President Barack Obama, immediately responded to Rep. Tlaib’s absurd remarks via Twitter:
Stunning to hear @RashidaTlaib claim “behind the curtain,” those who prevent a “free Palestine” are the “same people” who exploit “regular Americans.” We’ve heard this kind of ugly #antisemitic dog whistling before, but it’s appalling when it comes from a member of Congress.
This is the Congresswoman’s response to the criticism of her words:
No matter how much people who support oppression try to police my words + twist my commitment to justice, I will always center love. The attempts to silence me won’t work. My words are truth to power & bringing our movements together scares those who support the status quo.
For those unfamiliar, the phrase “behind the curtain” is a racist trope that the Jews control everything and essentially act as puppeteers pulling strings. According to a fact sheet provided by the Louis D. Brandeis Center that highlights the biggest patterns of antisemitic discourse:
Since medieval times, Jewry has frequently been depicted as a wealthy, powerful, menacing and controlling collectivity, demanding the sacrifice of others to their own greed . . . these stereotypes are often connected with stereotypical Jewish traits, such as malevolence, criminality, greediness, stinginess, and mendacity. Holocaust denial also tends to embody this view, especially when it presents the destruction of European Jewry as a global hoax perpetrated to defraud gullible humanity.
Sidenote: Remember when “the Squad” member said she gets a “calming feeling” when thinking about the Holocaust?
There’s kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think about the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors, the Palestinians, who lost their land, and some lost their lives. Their livelihood, their human dignity . . . their existence, in many ways, had been wiped out. All of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews.
11 million Jews were horrifically murdered during the Holocaust, and you get a “calming feeling” when it crosses your mind? That is deranged.
And now Rep. Tlaib, along with six other far-Left Members of Congress, are viciously going after American charities that provide support to Israeli organizations. In a letter addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Reps. Tlaib, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Betty McCollum, Mark Pocan, and André Carson voiced their “extreme concern that US charities are funding and providing direct support to Israeli organizations that are working to expand and perpetuate Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in violation of international law, including supporting the dispossession and forced displacement of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods.”
The letter further states:
Tax-exempt nonprofit status allows U.S.-based 501(c)(3) entities and their U.S.-based donors to receive an effective subsidy from the U.S. government to support serious breaches of international law and violations of internationally recognized human rights related to the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise. Granting and sustaining 501(c)(3) status recognizes and supports this unlawful conduct that is contrary to existing U.S. obligations under international law and established U.S. public policy.
If you’re surprised to see that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s name isn’t attached to that letter, don’t be. It will eventually make it to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which she sits on.
Make no mistake. Socialists do NOT believe in free speech. They will shut down anyone who doesn’t agree with them.
As we have written, “Rep. Tlaib wants to shut down YOUR ACLJ. She wants to target you, Israel, and anyone who supports an undivided Jerusalem . . . We defeated the Obama-Biden IRS in federal court when it tried to target conservative, pro-life, and pro-Israel groups – obtaining a consent decree that is still enforceable to this day. We WILL NOT allow Socialist Rep. Tlaib to attack Israel and shut down pro-Israel Americans. We won’t hesitate to go to court if necessary. But we urgently need you to take action with us.”
We are currently preparing a response, a legal letter of our own at the ACLJ to debunk the absurd allegations made in Rep. Tlaib’s veiled attack on every American who supports Israel.
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