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Rashida Tlaib once again accused of anti-Semitism for questionable response to Blinken nomination

‘Squad’ member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) sent out a tweet on Monday that raised eyebrows and accusations of anti-Semitism. Her attack was aimed at President-elect Biden’s nominee to become Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

Blinken, 58, has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over 20 years. He was a former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration and a foreign policy adviser for Biden. Blinken is a longtime friend of Joe Biden and was tapped for the position as he staffs his Cabinet during the transition process.

Rumors swirled over the weekend that Blinken would be the nominee and that caught the attention of Tlaib after former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir called Biden’s selection a “solid choice.”

“So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice,” Tlaib wrote on Sunday night.

The snarky tweet drew criticism from a number of lawmakers and leaders who were puzzled at the comment since ostensibly, Blinken has literally no effect on Tlaib’s First Amendment right to speak. Many speculated that the reason she invoked Israeli policy was that Blinken is Jewish.

“Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‘Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!’ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!” Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind angrily responded.

“You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…” the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

“The subtext: Blinken is Jewish so, of course, the leading anti-Semite in Congress just wants to ensure that the all-powerful Jew won’t suppress her right to condemn other all-powerful Jews,” radio host Jason Rantz stated.

“You are absolutely free to be as antisemitic, racist, dishonest and hateful as you like Rashida,” author Chad Felix Greene wrote.

“Would she have said this if the nominee weren’t jewish?” Tablet Magazine associate editor Noam Blum wondered.

Tlaib didn’t stop there. She also went after the Trump administration’s pro-Israel policy stance.

“Sec. Pompeo has moved to suppress BDS [Boycott, Divest, and Sanction], a peaceful protest movement protected by the 1st Amendment. I hope that Mr. Blinken and President-Elect Biden’s Administration will change course from Trump’s State Department & not target or suppress support of Palestinian human rights,” Tlaib tweeted.

On November 19, the State Department classified the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and announced that it will take steps to ensure that foreign aid does not go to organizations that boycott Israel or support BDS.

Tlaib has also recently been in the headlines when it was announced she would be participating in an event called “Dismantling Anti-Semitism, Winning Justice,” which is a panel discussion featuring other Israel critics such as professor Marc Lamont Hill and writer Peter Beinart.

Tlaib was taken to the woodshed by House Republicans after describing the “calm feeling” she experienced when thinking about the Holocaust. However, the congresswoman said her critics were policing and “twisting” her words and defended the comments she made.

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