Rashida Tlaib Blasts anti-BDS Bill Supporters: 'They Forgot What Country They Represent'

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Less than a week into her term as a congresswoman, freshman Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib sparked her second controversy since her inauguration, after tweeting Sunday that people supporting a bill that protect states that penalize Israel boycotters have “forgot what country they represent.”
The Michigan Democrat's comment did not go unanswered, with Jewish writer Howard Lovy quickly denouncing it as an example of the “old anti-Semitic 'dual loyalty’ garbage ... when the first thing she raises is the ancient specter of Jewish disloyalty, you know this is going to be a rough ride.”
Tlaib was supporting a tweet by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who said Sunday it was an “absurd” bill for Republicans to introduce as the Senate’s first bill of the new Congress.
“It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity,” Sanders tweeted, linking to an article in The Intercept about the bill.
They forgot what country they represent. 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.

“Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don’t reopen the government,” Sanders added. “Let’s get our priorities right.”
U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign any funding legislation that does not include over $5 billion for a wall with Mexico, triggering a government shutdown entering its third week. Tlaib had caused a media storm last week after telling a cheering crowd that "we're gonna go in and impeach the motherfucker," referring to the president.
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In her tweet, Tlaib wrote that those who support the bill “forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right [and] part of our historical fight for freedom [and] equality,” she said. “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.”

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Republican Senators Marco Rubio and James Risch last week introduced the first bill to be considered in the Republican-led Senate, consolidating four bills that languished in the last Congress: One codifies into law $38 billion in defense assistance for Israel over 10 years; another protects states that pass laws targeting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, including states that ban contracts with Israel boycotters. Civil libertarians have decried the laws as infringing on free speech.

Not a week into it and @RashidaTlaib is already invoking the old anti-Semitic "dual loyalty" garbage. There are many things wrong with anti-BDS legislation, but when the first thing she raises is the ancient specter of Jewish disloyalty, you know this is going to be a rough ride.
She refuses to consider that BDS could be akin to Nazi-era boycotts of Jewish businesses. 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.
They forgot what country they represent. 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.
You have some very interesting priorities for someone to accuse other people of representing a foreign government. pic.twitter.com/LWJlgS21LH
The totally-not-anti-Semitic Rashida Tlaib levels the dual-loyalty accusation *right out of the gate.* Amazing. Every reporter going to ask all the prominent Dems about this?
The bill’s other two provisions strengthen the U.S.-Jordan relationship and enhance sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime.
Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, mounted a surprisingly strong challenge in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries against Hillary Clinton, becoming the first Jewish candidate to win major-party nominating contests. He has hinted he may run again in 2020. He has emerged as the leader of progressives in the Senate.
The first bill to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, newly led by Democrats, tackles political corruption and voting rights.

Source: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/tlaib-blasts-anti-bds-bill-supporters-they-forgot-what-country-they-represent-1.6811411

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