Rashida Tlaib was accused of anti-Semitism again based on remarks about Biden’s Jewish secretary of state appointee.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib responded to president-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of Antony Blinken as his secretary of state with a non sequitur referencing Israel that immediately led to accusations of anti-Semitism. Blinken is set to be the first Jewish secretary of state in decades.
“So long as [Blinken] doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies,” she said in response to a tweet from a Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager. “The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.”
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Nothing in the post Tlaib responded to mentioned Israel or Netanyahu.
Popular Israeli blogger David Lange, who founded the Israellycool.com site, commented, “[For] those of us paying attention (or who care), this is not Tlaib’s first time perpetuating the anti-Semitic dual loyalty canard. She simply cannot help herself.” He linked to an incident in 2019 in which Tlaib “accus[ed] Jews who oppose the boycott of Israel of dual loyalty, a classic anti-Semitic canard.”
Tlaib is slated to speak on a Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) panel called “Dismantling anti-Semitism, Winning Justice” on Dec. 15. She’ll be featured alongside professor Marc Lamont Hill, who was fired from CNN for anti-Israel bias, as well as Peter Beinart and Barbara Ransby. Beinart is the only Jewish member of the panel and he is anti-Zionist.
About 12 hours after Tlaib made her comments about Blinken, she shared another post saying she’s against anti-Semitism. Read more at United with Israel