Democrats are calling out radical leftist Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for remarks she made this week during an online advocacy seminar.
On Tuesday, while speaking at an online advocacy seminar held by Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action) and co-sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Tlaib stated that Democrats could not be considered “progressive” if they support Israel’s government.
“I want you all to know that among progressives, it has become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government,” Tlaib said during the seminar.
“We will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive, except for ‘Philistine,’ any longer,” she added.
Democrat Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib says the quiet part out loud about today's Democrat Party: "You cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel's 'apartheid' government." pic.twitter.com/MrPo0gLoev
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 21, 2022
In one sentence, @RepRashida simultaneously tells American Jews that they need to pass an anti-Zionist litmus test to participate in progressive spaces even as she doubles down on her #antisemitism by slandering Israel as an apartheid state. 1/2 https://t.co/9AIEnA6i5t
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) September 21, 2022
Tlaib’s fellow Democrats in Congress are calling her out.
“I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive. … I would happily put my progressive record and credentials up against anyone’s. It is both wrong and self-defeating for progressive leaders to abide such an offensive litmus tests,” tweeted Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
“That’s right, Chairman Nadler,” Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) wrote in response to Nadler’s tweet. “And remember, there are progressive activists, progressive students, and progressive Members of Congress whose support of democratic Israel is fundamentally a part of their progressive values. They all belong at the table. We will not be silenced.”
“Jews are the most targeted religious community in the United States. Divisive language is never acceptable, especially at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise. People can absolutely hold progressive values and support Israel’s right to exist,” said Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY).
“The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) wrote. “Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace.”
“There’s nothing progressive about advocating for the end of Israel as a Jewish State. Nothing progressive about opposing the Abraham Accords, which promotes peace. Nothing progressive about opposing Iron Dome, which protects civilians from indiscriminate rocket fire,” Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) tweeted.
Many people also jumped in to criticize Democrats who are speaking out against Tlaib’s comments, saying that they are “all talk,” and refuse to actually “punish the anti-semites” in their party.
“Unless you punish such antisemitism, its [sic] all talk,” said physician Pradheep J. Shanker.
“So, you have a chance to be better. Punish the anti-semites in your party,” he added. “Take the high road. DO BETTER.”
“Why don’t you move to kick her off her committees like you all did to a Republican for similar reasons?” asked writer Peter Roff.