BY MOSHE HILL OPINION COLUMNS NOVEMBER 01 2023
The leading voice of the Hamas Caucus in the House of Representative is Rashida Tlaib, Palestinian American from Michigan. Tlaib’s long history of Jew-hatred rivals that of Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour, Louis Farrakhan, and other notable Jew-haters in American politics. A recent report by Canary Mission uncovered that Tlaib doesn’t just support Hamas; Hamas supports Tlaib financially, which helped her get elected in 2018.
Salah Sarsour, an American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) activist, made headlines due to his co-hosting of a Tlaib campaign event in 2018. Sarsour’s connection to Hamas activity, including serving time in prison, raises significant concerns. Canary Mission can confirm that he was listed on an official Tlaib campaign flyer as the lead organizer of the event, even providing his personal phone number for contact. Sarsour’s involvement is even more alarming when considering his past roles in raising funds for groups associated with Hamas, like for Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF).
Rafeeq Jaber, cofounder of CAIR, co-hosted a Tlaib fundraiser in 2018. He has a history of distributing Hamas propaganda in the United States
Rafeeq Jaber, also known as Rafiq Jaber, co-hosted a Tlaib fundraiser in 2018. He has a history of distributing Hamas propaganda in the United States. He is a co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which itself is associated with terrorist groups and is listed by the UAE as a terrorist group themselves. In 2003, Jaber was the president of IAP and the American Muslim Society (AMS). He directed two Hamas front groups in the US to “promote [the Holy Land Foundation] in every way we can” and to distribute Hamas propaganda materials, including an August 2001 editorial that advocated martyrdom operations and the killing of Jewish people.
Abdelbaset Hamayel, another co-host of Tlaib’s 2018 fundraiser in Chicago, was the Executive Director and Secretary General of the IAP. In that capacity, he published Al-Zaytouna magazine, which “focused on Palestinian issues with an emphasis on support for Hamas. He was also heading chapters of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development, which was dissolved in 2011 by the Treasury Department for funneling money to Hamas.
Tlaib didn’t just have these terrorist sympathizers fundraise for her; they helped lead campaign events. There is no indication that she disavowed them or their activities. All evidence points to Tlaib endorsing their actions and supporting Hamas in their attacks on Israel.
To that effect, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is pushing for a censure vote on Tlaib. The resolution accuses Tlaib of engaging in anti-Semitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations, and even leading an insurrection within the United States Capitol complex.
Greene’s resolution shows a history of Jew-hatred expressed by Tlaib since she’s been in Congress. In May 2019, Tlaib made a statement about celebrating the Holocaust. Tlaib reportedly mentioned feeling a “calming feeling” when thinking about the genocide of millions of Jews. In 2020, she retweeted an illustration with a caption that read, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a direct call for the genocide of the seven million Jews living in Israel.
Salah Sarsour cohosted a Tlaib campaign event in 2018. Previously, he raised funds for groups associated with Hamas
The predicate of the resolution is Tlaib’s involvement in inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol complex a few weeks ago. Tlaib urged her followers to storm into the Cannon House Office Building, obstructing official business and putting Members of Congress, their staffs, and Capitol visitors in danger.
Republicans are being too nice with a terrorist supporter like Rashida Tlaib. Greene is only seeking to censure her, not expel her. Other Republicans are already saying they won’t vote for the censure because of free speech issues. Yet that is exactly why it’s a censure and not an expulsion resolution. It’s specifically saying that Tlaib’s words and actions are wrong, yet not punishable under the law.
Tlaib, of course, is playing the “Islamophobia” card and counting on the useful idiocy of groups like Jewish Voice for Peace to say that she doesn’t want to see every Jew dead. Her connections to terror groups that target Jews, however, say otherwise.
By Moshe Hill