Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), currently being floated as a pick for President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, has been accused of anti-Semitism after sharing a tweet with a message seeking to ‘eradicate’ Israel.
Tlaib retweeted an image celebrating “International Day of Solidarity,” but it included the caption, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
The account for StopAntiSemitism.org noted the message and explained it is a “code for eradicating the State of Israel and its millions of Jews.”
The phrase, according to Fox News, has been interpreted by the Anti-Defamation League to “convey an interest in eliminating the state of Israel.”
Michigan Rising Action alleges Tlaib’s retweet is a “solidarity slogan commonly understood as a war cry to destroy the state of Israel and replace it with Palestine.”
Tlaib reportedly undid the retweet, but others had already screen-captured it.
The very same message shared by the sitting United States congresswoman cost a CNN contributor his job just a little over two years ago.
Marc Lamont Hill was fired by CNN after he made similar comments at a United Nations event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
He also remarked that Palestine was the victim of “state violence and ethnic cleansing.”
He urged the body “to commit to political action, grass-roots action, local action, and international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
Hill denied that he called for Israel’s destruction.
“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone,” he tweeted. “It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza.”
Hill may have been able to plead ignorance, but what is Tlaib’s excuse?
Rep. Rashida Tlaib is, according to the Detroit News, being viewed as a “potential pick” to join Biden’s cabinet.
Two progressive groups – the Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement – are advocating for Biden to appoint Congresswoman Tlaib to his cabinet.
“The group has started a petition listing Tlaib as their top pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Biden,” the report claims.
In sharing a selfie promoting the release of a book by another anti-Semite, Linda Sarsour, Tlaib was seen wearing a shirt which features an image depicting the “state of Palestine” where Israel is currently located.
Other controversial statements or actions by Tlaib include:
Just one week ago, Tlaib was again accused of anti-Semitism over her response to President-elect Biden’s nominee to become Secretary of State.
“So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies,” she said of Antony Blinken. “The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.”
“You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…” the Republican Jewish Coalition fired back.
Meanwhile, some are calling on Tlaib to apologize for her ‘Palestine will be free’ retweet.
“Congresswoman Tlaib should apologize for her latest anti-semitic tweet calling for the eradication of Israel,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of Michigan Rising Action.
“Her hateful, inflammatory rhetoric has no place in our public discourse – especially coming from an elected official like herself.”
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