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Latest Antics from the Israel-Bashing Industry | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Gatestone Institute | 21 Av 5779 – August 22, 2019

Latest Antics from the Israel-Bashing Industry | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | Gatestone Institute | 21 Av 5779 – August 22, 2019

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The anti-Israel trio: Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York).

Written by Andrew Ash and initially posted to the Gatestone Institute website

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D- Michigan) decided to tug the plug on the journey to Israel she was resulting from make, initially together with her fellow “Squad” member, Ilhan Omar, after they each have been invited on an official congressional trip however declined.

Although each Tlaib, and the equally outspoken Ms Omar, had initially been refused entry because of their radical views selling the obliteration of Israel by boycotting it, being boycotted again was not part of the plan, it will appear. Tlaib was lastly granted permission on “humanitarian grounds”, after an emotive plea to Israel’s Inside Minister Aryeh Deri, during which she set out her causes for wanting to go to her Palestinian grandmother in the West Financial institution.

The newly minted congresswoman then back-tracked and has now determined to cancel the trip altogether.

Her grandmother, Tlaib tweeted, wouldn’t need her to return beneath the circumstances she had already agreed to, that is — to refrain from utilizing the alternative as an attention-looking for political platform. “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” Tlaib thoughtfully wrote.

Ms Tlaib’s grandmother is 90 years previous, so this may be the last opportunity they get to see each other once more. For Tlaib, nevertheless, it seems, this lost opportunity is merely collateral injury in relation to the advancement of an anti-Israel political agenda. Having to point out some restraint for a day or two is, it appears, an affront to her conscience.

Contemplating that each Tlaib and Omar had been invited to — and turned down — a scheduled journey to Israel, together with other freshmen members of Congress, just two weeks earlier, the entire episode appears more like a smokescreen to cover her main motivation: to agitate.

Tlaib had initially requested to go to “Palestine,” which thus far does not exist, on a trip arranged and co-sponsored by a Palestinian not-for-revenue group, Miftah, headed by a longtime Palestinian spokesperson, Hanan Ashrawi. Miftah is described by Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner as “an exceptionally anti-Semitic group that praises Palestinian terrorists and claims Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover. The organization also publishes Neo-Nazis and calls for the destruction of Israel.”

Miftah has additionally referred to as female suicide bombers heroes. It must take quite a little bit of effort to be “exceptionally anti-Semitic.”

So, for Israel, it appears clear, any choice was, from the begin, jerry-rigged to be lose-lose. Where is Tlaib’s criticism of China for occupying Tibet, or Turkey for occupying northern Cyprus, or Pakistan for occupying Kashmir, or for criticizing England for refusing entry to the esteemed scholar Robert Spencer whereas hate preachers are welcome?

Tlaib’s revealing behaviour quite probably exposes the actual motivation behind her proposed go to, which now seems to be far much less like a want to go to her grandmother, and an entire lot extra to do with an apparent penchant for bashing Israel and limelight-chasing. What appeared a lovely proposition to travel to Israel and stir issues up in front of the cameras evidently turned less interesting after having to pledge to behave. It appears that evidently if she can’t mix the trip with some controversial protection, there’s, for her, no level in it.

Tlaib has a nicely-documented history, in her bid to spotlight her political considerations, of creating a spectacle of herself. In 2016, at rally in Detroit for then presidential candidate Donald Trump, Tlaib’s “protest” quickly deteriorated into mayhem. As she was filmed grappling with Secret Service brokers, and Trump’s personal safety element, she is heard screaming — “You are all crazy!” — earlier than being forcibly escorted from the auditorium.

In 2018, whilst still a congressional candidate, she arrived, mob-handed, at a supposedly “peaceful” demonstration outdoors a McDonald’s restaurant in Detroit. Once again, Tlaib was escorted out — and this time arrested — whereas protesting for a $15/hour minimal wage.

When she is just not busy being bodily eliminated from a venue, she seems to seek out it patriotic to rail towards the Capitol Police for doing the job assigned to them by Congress: arresting protestors who display an analogous disregard for regulation and order.

“I have never felt more Palestinian, than I have felt in Congress”, she defiantly declared to the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights in April 2019. That does appear a bit rich, coming from the similar lady who has taken succour in tweeting that Senators who supported a pro-Israel bill “forget what country they represent.”

The double-requirements contained in her soundbites unfortunately diminish any credibility she may need had in being a Palestinian lady preventing for the rights of her grandmother’s homeland. Her behaviour solely serves to dilute the seriousness of the issues she claims to symbolize. She simply seems tired of any sort of protest that does not involve both noisy eviction or arrest, or through which she can’t get consideration or be considered a victim. It’s exhausting not to marvel what she is doing for her constituents. Is the wish to bash Israel truly what retains the good voters of Michigan awake at night time? And is anti-Semitism now the accepted new face of the Democrat Get together? It isn’t shocking that her proposed visit may need been of some concern to Israel.

As M. Zuhdi Jasser, writer and founder of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy, stated about the incident:

“I have to tell you, we have to understand first, what is the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement? It’s an anti-Semitic, basically genocidal movement that wants to see the end of Israel. So make no mistake, these are not moderates coming to visit Israel. Israel per its 2017 law has a right to prohibit activists, especially those who want to see it wiped off the map, from coming in.”

The newest ideas to floor from the Israel-Bashing Industry is a dialogue by “around a dozen Democrats” in the US House of Representatives about censuring Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, and the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, over a “deep lack of confidence and trust.” McClatchy quoted a congressional source saying, “We are reviewing all of our options.”

Tlaib in a tweet, then proposed boycotting a television program by Bill Maher, who had the misfortune appropriately to watch about the motion to destroy Israel via “BDS” strangulation, “It’s a bulls— purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.” He went on:

“It’s predicated on this notion—I think it’s very shallow thinking—that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong.

“As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied…Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.

“Let me read Omar Barghouti, one of the co-founders of the movement… His quote: ‘No rational Palestinian … would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.’ So that’s where that comes from, this movement, someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all. Somehow this side never gets presented in the American media. It’s very odd.”

US Rep. Ted Lieu (D- California), evidently not wishing to be omitted, joined in, accusing US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman of “allegiance to [a] foreign power” — however not accusing Rep. Tlaib of allegiance to “Palestine.”

In a weepy press convention, all inconvenient information have been distorted or omitted, resembling what had truly been their planned itinerary, and why Israel had felt compelled to build a security barrier in the first place? Might it have had anything to do with numerous Palestinian terrorist attacks through which “more than 900 people were killed” and “thousands injured’? Did the security barrier in Israel work to stop them? According to then Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Israel saw “over a 90 percent reduction in terrorist acts in that country that they attribute to having an effective fence… If Israel can do it effectively, there’s no reason why America can’t.”

Different fairy tales at the press convention included, amongst other calumnies, efforts to match Israel to apartheid South Africa, when the truth is Arabs are by and enormous treated equally to Jews; are Supreme courtroom judges and members of parliament, have political parties, and are admitted to any career. Rep. Omar additionally referred to as checkpoints dehumanizing, when the solely cause for his or her existence is to cease Palestinian terrorist attacks. In fact, no mention was made at the press convention that the Palestinian Authority, underneath its chief Mahmoud Abbas, now approaching the 14th yr of his four-yr time period in workplace, has “banned a Palestinian LGBT rights group from organizing any activities in the West Bank and threatened to arrest them, saying such activities are contrary to the ‘values of Palestinian society.’” Against this, Israel, yearly, holds one among the world’s largest “Pride” occasions.

Results similar to these to an invite that Tlaib herself had requested for — “This could be my last opportunity to see her [the grandmother]. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit” — point out that Israel’s concern was proper.

(Andrew Ash is predicated in the United Kingdom)

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