U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) is already taking aim at the Joe Biden administration warning them they had better let her use her “First Amendment right” to attack Israel as she sees fit.
Responding to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to defund groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she castigated the decision as another slap in the face to Palestinians by Donald Trump’s administration. Tlaib, though born in America, is of Palestinian ancestry and still has family in the West Bank.
“Sec. Pompeo has moved to suppress BDS, a peaceful protest movement protected by the 1st Amendment,” Tlaib said on Twitter,
Then she sent a warning of sorts to the president-elect and his pick for secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
“I hope that Mr. Blinken and President-Elect Biden’s Administration will change course from Trump’s State Department and not target or suppress support of Palestinian human rights,” she said.
“So long as [Blinken] doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies,” she added. “The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.”
But it seems she would not have issued such a declaration if Blinken was not Jewish—in other words, he can’t be fair in regard to Israel and Palestinians, because he is Jewish. Tlaib has long been critical of from when he served as Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Adviser during Barack Obama’s administration.
Tlaib and other younger progressives in congress, such as Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (both Democrats), have frequently criticized Israel and made anti-Semitic comments during their time in office. Tlaib didn’t even mention Jews in her comments on the Holocaust. Israel denied her and Omar entry in the country in 2019.
Last week Pompeo announced while in Israel that the U.S. “strongly opposes the global discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign… and practices that facilitate it, such as discriminatory labeling and the publication of databases of companies that operate in Israel or Israeli-controlled areas.”