Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib served as the keynote speaker at an event run by a Muslim organization that promotes anti-Semitic conspiracies.
Tlaib, who is a member of The Squad consisting of herself and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, was at the top of the ticket during the American Muslims for Palestine’s (AMP) 2020 election conference in Chicago last month.
The Michigan representative appeared on stage with a host of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists including Linda Sarsour, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
AMP is at the forefront of the anti-Israel movement in the United States. A report from the Anti-Defamation League, a watchdog group that combats anti-Semitism, said the group promotes “extreme anti-Israel views” and provides “a platform for anti-Semitism.”
Tlaib’s participation in the conference is the latest in a series of appearances and remarks that have caused consternation among pro-Israel activists. Tlaib is a supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, a position that led Israel to deny her entry to the country earlier this year. During her first term in Congress she accused her Jewish colleagues of dual loyalty to Israel—an anti-Semitic trope—and shared on Twitter cartoons drawn by an anti-Semite who won a prize in Iran’s notorious Holocaust denial contest.
In her keynote remarks, Tlaib compared the U.S. border with Mexico to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian territory that borders Israel and is controlled by the Hamas terror group. The lawmaker also accused Israel of running an “occupation” of Palestinian lands, saying the movement to carve out key portions of Israel for a Palestinian state is akin to fighting racism in America.
“Do you know what I saw at the [U.S.-Mexico] border? I saw Gaza,” Rep. Tlaib said at the conference.
“When you think about the border, you have got to understand how interconnected the oppression in Palestine is with the oppression taking place at the border,” she said.
She then compared the situation with black Americans and the police to the situation in the Palestinian territories.
“Every time I see … the police going after, killing innocent people, innocent, treating African-American brothers and sisters like they’re disposable,” she said.
“I think of Palestine and what happens to our brothers and sisters in the occupation,” the Michigan representative said.
She has been involved with the anti-Semitic group before, notably in April when she met with members and received backlash from Israel supporters.
“AMP has its organizational roots in the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States until it was dissolved in 2004,” the ADL said.
“Since its creation in 2005, AMP continues to work closely with some former IAP leaders who currently hold positions as AMP board members,” it said.
“No one should be surprised” that Tlaib “would appear at AMP conference where new strategies to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state and her Zionist supporters are developed and fine-tuned for campus campaigns aimed at bullying Jewish students and other supporters of Israel into silence,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
Talib “will be listed on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2019 top 10 anti-Semitic/anti-Israel for deploying the dual loyalty canard. Instead of using her historic election to become peacemaker, Tlaib is a verbal flamethrower against Israel and American Jewry. Perfect fit for AMP’s goals,” he said.