Lost amid the uproar over President Trump’s rebuke of four radical “women of color” in the House of Representatives is the possibility that he was entirely justified. For months, these freshmen lawmakers, hyped by the media, have used their office to undermine enforcement of our nation’s laws, especially those related to immigration, labeling anyone who disagrees with them as a “racist.” One of these pugilists, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., stands out as an especially nasty piece of work.
A lawyer by training, Tlaib, born in 1976, occupies the Detroit-area congressional seat held for decades by John Conyers. Like the other three members of her vapid, publicity-hungry “squad” – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) – she makes no secret of her loathing for America’s identity and laws. Indeed, as a Muslim born to Palestinian parents, Tlaib proudly identifies with their foreign identity. “I’m more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I am anywhere in the country, in the world,” she declared before the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights this April. Ironically, she’s quick to hurl the charge of “dual loyalty” at Capitol Hill colleagues, Jewish or otherwise, who express support for Israel. She has been especially supportive of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a worldwide movement whose aim is the economic isolation and destruction of Israel.
Rep. Tlaib’s intense identification with Palestine, a fictitious political entity whose leaders from the start have sought to wipe Israel from the map – a goal clearly expressed in Article 19 of the Palestine National Charter of 1968 – is troubling enough. Worse, she has an affinity with terrorist pitchmen who seek that result. Present at her swearing-in ceremony and a subsequent private dinner in January, was Abbas Hamideh, co-founder and executive director of Al-Awda (“right of return”). “Criminal Zionism will eventually die just like Nazism,” Hamideh tweeted this January 13. “No racist and supremacist political ideology should maintain itself.” In August 2016, he tweeted birthday greetings to Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah. His appearance with Rep. Tlaib during her first day on the job was no coincidence.