Itâ€™s no secret that Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is not a big of Israelâ€™s or the Jewish people that live there. However, she has now taken that hatred and compared it to the US, saying that our government is no different.
Last week, Tlaib was featured as a keynote speaker in Chicago at a summit organized by American Muslims for Palestine or AMP. AMP is an organization that has well documented by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which observes and reports groups and individuals who spread anti-Semitic messages and ideals. ADL has reported AMP as having â€śextreme anti-Israel viewsâ€ť and building â€śa platform for anti-Semitism.â€ť
Being a part of the organization or speaking for them is something â€śno one should be surprisedâ€ť about, says Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He told the Free Beacon, her presence â€śat 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,â€ť is something to be expected.
However, her attacks have now escalated so much that her deep-seated contempt for Israel is now rubbing off on her opinions of America and specific aspects of our government.
In her speech at the conference, she did far more than suggest America is like Israel, she basically it was. She compared the American southern border with Mexico, the Gaza Strip, an area which she and other Palestinians believe is being unjustly occupied by Israel forces and law. But she went even further and added that the supposed racial injustice that fills American society is just like the â€śoccupationâ€ť of her people.
She said, â€śDo you know what I saw at the (U.S.-Mexico) border? I saw Gaza. 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.â€ť
And you know what she does make a good point. There are some real similarities in both situations.
The â€śoppression,â€ť as she calls it, of the Palestinians in Gaza is basically just Israeli law being enforced in an area that is under Israeli control. Any self-respecting nation would impose their rules and make sure that they are held to, regardless of race or religion. The US southern border is similar. American laws are being applied in a place where the US has legal control.
So when people step outside of the law and commit crimes, such as bombing Israeli buildings or strongholds, there is going to be some sort of backlash from local authorities. It is no different than someone illegally sneaking into our nation to gain Democratic support in taking your hard-earned tax dollars.
But, of course, Tlaib had to egg it on, even more, bringing race into the conversation.
â€śEvery time I seeâ€¦ the police going after, killing innocent peopleâ€¦treating African American brothers and sisters like they are disposable, I think of Palestine and what happens to our brothers and sisters in the occupation.â€ť
Once again, if those people are outside of the law, it does not matter what race they are. The fact of the matter is, there are consequences for your actions. If you chose the wrong ones or illegal ones, you will most likely be punished by those in authority.
Tlaib has a bad habit of assuming that everything is about her, her people, her race, her religion. And if it isnâ€™t, she makes it about her. I completely understand wanting to support your faith and your belief system. But what I do not understand is how she takes that to an extreme that says itâ€™s ok to kill and completely obliterate an entire race, religion, and nation.
From the time she stepped into the office, she has fought to destroy Israel and the Jewish people she believes are â€śoppressingâ€ť her people. In Congress, she supported the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that, if approved, would permanently ruin the Israeli economy. She has been a known contributor to a Nation of Islam publication that is led by anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan. And she has praised the fundraising efforts of Maher Abdel-Qader, who spreads conspiracy theories about Israel and Jews, even while he is working for her campaign.
So no, we shouldnâ€™t be surprised she would attend and speak at such a conference, just as she shouldnâ€™t be surprised when Congress kicks her out for her un-American ways.