December 10, 2019
Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib had a lot to say when she voted against a House resolution on Friday that promoted a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but some are suggesting her choice of attire for the occasion is speaking louder than her words.
Tlaib donned a keffiyeh – the official scarf of Palestinian fighters – on the House floor on Friday to voice her opposition to HR-326, which she claims would treat her grandmother living in the West Bank as a “second-class citizen.”
.@RashidaTlaib constantly questions the loyalty of Jews in America. She wraps herself in a Palestinian flag on election night and now, today, in a keffiyeh, on the House floor.
Q: Why is it ok for her to have dual loyalty but Jews aren't allowed to?
A: She hates Jews. pic.twitter.com/9x1lZoONYm
— Bryan E. Leib (@realBryanLeib) December 6, 2019
“I rise today as a proud granddaughter of a strong, loving Palestinian woman, my Sity,” Tlaib told her colleagues, scarf around her neck. “And for me to stand up for her human dignity, I must oppose House Resolution 326.”
The symbolism wasn’t lost on viewers at home.
“[email protected] constantly questions the loyalty of Jews in America. She wraps herself in a Palestinian flag on election night and now, today, in a keffiyeh, on the House floor,” Bryan E. Leib posted to Twitter. “Q: Why is it ok for her to have dual loyalty but Jews aren’t allowed to? A: She hates Jews.”
That’s not just any scarf. That has become the symbol of Hamas terrorists. Any modest politician would distance themselves from it in order to avoid any indirect support to terrorists. I’m sure Palestinians have other cultural clothings. Why the insistence on wearing this one? https://t.co/2Yj2UBzvYU
— Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) December 7, 2019
Imam Tawhidi, who goes by Imam of Peace, pointed out that Tlaib’s neckwear is “not just any scarf.
“That has become the symbol of Hamas terrorists. Any modest politician would distance themselves from it in order to avoid any indirect support to terrorists,” Tawhidi tweeted. “I’m sure Palestinians have other cultural clothings. Why the insistence on wearing this one?”
He also posted a picture of gun-toting terrorists wrapped up in the keffiyeh.
This is what it’s mainly used for these days. Worn in different ways of course. pic.twitter.com/tmISQIPao1
— Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) December 7, 2019
“This is what it’s mainly used for these days,” he wrote. “Worn in different ways of course.”
Tlaib said the bill “not only endorses an unrealistic, unattainable solution – one that Israel has made impossible – but also one that legitimizes inequality, ethnic discrimination, and inhumane conditions.”
She alleges the Israeli government is working to destroy Palestine and its people.
I spoke today as the proud granddaughter of a strong, loving Palestinian woman in opposition to #HRes326. We must take bolder actions to ensure human rights are upheld in Israel and that Palestinians and Black Israelis are treated with the equality every human being deserves. pic.twitter.com/G3IlRcoVM6
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) December 6, 2019
“Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Likud party have actively fought against a two-state solution and took steps to ensure its demise,” she said. “They increased their illegal taking of Palestinian homes, imprisoned more Palestinian children than ever before, and are building walls right now to annex the West Bank and other Palestinian villages.
“Moreover, Israel’s nation-state law, which states only Jews have the right to self-determination, has eliminated the political rights of the Palestinian people and effectively made them second-class citizens,” Tlaib alleged. “Separate but equal didn’t work in our country, and I can’t see it possible in other countries.”
“We cannot be honest brokers for peace if we refuse to use the words: illegal occupation by Israel,” she said. “To honor my Sity Mufteih, who lives in the occupied West Bank, Palestine, I am unable to support this resolution today.”
Tlaib’s harsh criticism for Israel and Jewish people is nothing new. Neither is Tlaib’s reference to her “Sity” when discussing U.S. policy toward America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.
The Detroit Congresswoman made a spectacle of an attempted visit to Israel in August with fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar. The Israeli government denied their request to visit “Palestine” because of their support for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement, which is designed to cripple the country.
When Tlaib publicly complained about the government blocking her visit to see Sity, Israeli officials relented, but she later decided to back out.
This woman right here is my sity. She deserves to live in peace & with human dignity. I am who I am because of her. The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening. pic.twitter.com/GGcFLiH9N3
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 15, 2019
“This woman right here is my sity. She deserves to live in peace & with human dignity,” Tlaib tweeted in August. “I am who I am because of her. The decision by Israel to bar her graddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:12 am