What does it say about Joe Biden that one of the people being floated as a pick for his cabinet is a diehard anti-Semite?
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), whose past stunts have included relabeling a map of the Middle East in he congressional office to read “Palestine” in place of “Israel and following an Instagram account that brands Jews as rats, vampires, and Nazis, is at it again. This time the congresswoman has shared a tweet advocated for the eradication of 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.” StopAntiSemitism.org noted that the commonly used phrase is “code for eradicating the State of Israel and its millions of Jews.”
Tlaib reportedly undid the retweet, but others had already screen-captured it.
Rashida Tlaib RT's out the same message that got Marc Lamont Hill canned from CNN.
From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free – code for eradicating the State of Israel and its millions of Jews.
Reminder – this is a sitting U.S. Congresswoman pic.twitter.com/zEWOptrGPW
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) November 30, 2020
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.”
CNN's Marc Lamont Hill appears to call for violence against Israel and for the elimination of Israel, says, "Justice requires a free Palestine from the river to the sea."
The phrase "from the river to the sea" is a phrase used by those who believe Israel should be eliminated. pic.twitter.com/26TL205Ylb
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 28, 2018
Hill denied that he was calling 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.”
Tlaib Being Floated as Possible Biden Cabinet Pick
According to the Detroit News, Tlaib is 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 offer her an appointment. “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.
Rashida Tlaib, Pramila Jayapal Top Progressives' Cabinet Picks https://t.co/NFAGUB0LWk
Absolutely NO! Folks should stop telling #BidenHarris who to appoint to their cabinet. They know what they’re doing.
— silverprincess? (@marsha_vivinate) November 13, 2020
Other manifestations of Tlaib’s overt anti-Semitism have included acknowledging that thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” and accusing pro-Israel advocates of having dual loyalty.
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.”
Cross posted at the Mental Recession