Top Dem Casually Dives Into Bigoted Conspiracy
Per Fox News:
Top Republicans in the Senate are also alleging that Democratic leaders are hoping to hide the fact that Tlaib is just one of many new Democratic politicians in Congress who harbor deeply anti-Israel views.
Tlaib, responding to a post by Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday, suggested that Senate Republicans were more loyal to Israel than the U.S., amid a report that GOP leaders were planning to introduce a bill that would punish companies that participate in the so-called "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) global movement against Israel. BDS proponents seek to pressure Israel through economic and other means -- often, until Israel ceases to exist in its current form.
"They forgot what country they represent," Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who made history last week by becoming one of the first two Muslim women to ever serve in Congress, wrote.
"This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away," she added.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) pounced on Tlaib's post, calling it an "anti-Semitic line" promoting the "dual loyalty" conspiracy that claims an Israeli cabal controls politicians in both parties.
This “dual loyalty” canard is a typical anti-Semitic line#BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019
And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected https://t.co/6yBM0bQB5L
Prominent Jewish advocacy groups, including the American Jewish Committee (AJC), also condemned Representative Tlaib.
Besides defending the civil liberties of Jews, AJC has a long history of fighting against discrimination in the United States.
Tlaib defended her response, saying she only targeted Sen. Rubio for "seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech."
Jewish author Howard Lovy remained unconvinced.
She refuses to consider that BDS could be akin to Nazi-era boycotts of Jewish businesses. #BDS activism often goes hand-in-hand with anti-Jewish hate speech. Strange, there are other anti-discrimination laws in government hiring and contracts that nobody complains about.— Howard Lovy (@Howard_Lovy) January 7, 2019