Rep. Rashida Tlaib said people cannot call themselves progressive while supporting Israel’s “apartheid government” in a fiery claim at a virtual Palestinian advocacy conference Tuesday.
“I want you all to know that it has become clear among progressives that you cannot claim to have progressive values but still support Israel’s apartheid government,” Tlaib said at the livestreamed “Palestine Advocacy Day” conference hosted by Americans. for Justice in Palestine. Action.
“We will continue to push back and no longer accept this idea that you are progressive, except ‘Philistine’.”
The Michigan Democrat also said Palestine should be granted freedom from Israel.
“If we focus our beliefs and our actions on the truth…that everyone deserves to live fear-free and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, the need to oppose the Israeli government’s apartheid government is clear.” she added.
“The road to freedom for Palestine is long and daunting, we must get to the end. We owe it not only to Palestinians, but to oppressed people around the world who understand that our struggles are linked.”
Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, has repeatedly condemned Israel’s “apartheid” and fueled accusations of anti-Semitism among Republicans and alienated some of her Democratic colleagues.
Her statement about progressives to oppose Israel on Tuesday sparked another firestorm among her own party members.
“I fundamentally reject the idea that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be progressive,” said Representative Jerry Nalder, who is a Jewish himself. tweeted in response to The Jerusalem Post’s story to Tlaib’s comments.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Tlaib’s statements downright anti-Semitic and called her Democratic colleague by name.
“The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is downright anti-Semitic,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. tweet. “Proud progressives support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. To suggest otherwise is embarrassing and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace.”
Another left-leaning congressman, Rep. Ritchie Torres, denounced Tlaib’s claims.
“There is nothing progressive about advocating the end of Israel as a Jewish state,” said Torres, who considers himself a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “There is nothing progressive about opposing the Abraham Accords, which promote peace. There is nothing progressive about the resistance to Iron Dome, which protects civilians from indiscriminate rocket fire.”
Rep. Grace Meng called the comments “divisive”.
“Jews are the most focused religious community in the United States,” Meng tweeted. “Sowing division is never acceptable, especially at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise. People can absolutely adhere to progressive values and support Israel’s right to exist.”
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