After facing considerable backlash following the sponsorship from a terrorist-supporting group for their congressional “diplomatic” visit to the Jewish State of Israel, Rep. Rashida Tlaib responds with the worst excuse.
According to a report from the Daily Caller — Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib blamed senior members of her party after she and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar faced backlash for partnering with a terror-linked group for their cancelled trip to Israel.
Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday to address the cancelled trip, which Israel barred the lawmakers from making on account of their support for the anti-Israel boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement.
Palestinian-based organization Miftah, which has terror ties and in the past promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, was partially sponsoring the trip. Tlaib dodged responsibility for the partnership when asked about Miftah at the press conference.
“Our colleagues that are senior members, some of whom have served multiple terms, actually told us about the organization,” said Tlaib, who broke down crying at another point in the press conference.
According to a report from OneNewsNow.com, the two Muslim congresswomen did not plan their trip via the conventional bipartisan route.
“The most important element of the story is the fact that two American congresswomen shunned a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel to go on an independent trip to Israel sponsored by vicious anti-Semites,” National Review reported. “Another important element of the story is that – as of [Friday] – the mainstream media have whitewashed Omar and Tlaib’s vile associations.”
The Washington Examiner reported that only one of seven Associated Press reports on the Omar-Tlaib Israel visit mentioned Miftah, with the six others merely calling it a Palestinian advocacy group – similar to reports by the New York Times. The Los Angeles Timesand Washington Post both referred to Miftah as “a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker” with the latter associating it to “longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi.” Reuters, ABC News and Yahoo did not mention Miftah’s anti-Semitic nature and Bloomberg News omitted its mention entirely.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu’s initial denial of Tlaib’s and Omar’s entry into Israel days before their scheduled visit – he later permitted Tlaib to visit her aging grandmother in the West Bank after her plea, which she rejected when offered – appears to be well-warranted in light of the discovery that the trip was sponsored by Miftah, known for its jihadist ties and anti-Semitic teachings.
“Miftah – which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed was funding their trip – is an extremely anti-Semitic Palestinian advocacy group with ties to Palestinian terrorism,” TheBlaze noted. “The organization even once promoted Neo-Nazi material.”
In addition, Miftah has been accused of spreading other anti-Semitic lies – some of which it has tried to wash its hands.
“Miftah … promotes anti-Semitic doctrines, like the ‘blood libel,’ which claims ‘the Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover,’” the Washington Examiner asserted.
With the bad publicity, Miftah attempted to discount and deny claims against it.
“For its part in the controversy, Miftah released a statement Saturday claiming the organization is being targeted ‘by extreme pro-Israeli hasbara groups and individuals who are propagating unfounded accusations and fabrications,’” TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe pointed out. “The group denied promoting blood libel, attributing the article it published about the doctrine to the misjudgment of a junior staffer years ago.”
But such allegations against the group are just the tip of the iceberg.
“Miftah also supports Palestinian terrorists, such as Wafa Idrees – one of the first female Palestinian suicide bombers who blew herself up and killed at least one, injuring 150 others,” Washington Examiner columnist Kaylee McGhee informed. “In a January 2017 interview, founder and chair of the Miftah board of directors Hanan Ashrawi described Idrees as ‘the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives of the cause.’”
Miftah’s Neo-Nazi take and Jewish conspiracy angle were also brought to light.
“Miftah published a Neo-Nazi article that describes a ‘white racist’ as ‘any racially conscious white person who looks askance at miscegenation or at the rapidly darkening racial situation in America,’” McGhee continued. “It goes on to claim Jews control the media in America and thus public opinion. ‘And who are these all-powerful masters of the media?’ asks the author … ‘As we shall see, to a very large extent they are Jews. … The preponderance of Jews in the media is so overwhelming, however, that we are obliged to assume that it is due to more than mere happenstance.’”
Even though Democrats frequently use the politically correct mantra that it’s discriminatory to find fault with Tlaib and Omar as the only female Muslims in Congress, National Review candidly put their unchecked actions in perspective, starting by exposing the appointed sponsor of their trip.
“The group celebrates terrorists – including an evil woman who helped murder 13 Israeli children,” National Review’s David French stressed. “In an article titled ‘Let Us Honor Our Own,’ a Miftah contributor describes Dalal Al Mughrabi as ‘a Palestinian fighter who was killed during a military operation against Israel in 1978’ and as one of the Palestinian people’s ‘national heroes.’ The so-called ‘military operation’ is more widely known as the ‘Coastal Road Massacre’ – a bus hijacking that resulted in the deaths of 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children.”
Suicide bombers are also regarded as icons in Miftah’s and Palestinians’ culture.
“Al Mughrabi is hardly the only terrorist Miftah celebrates,” French continued. “It described female suicide bomber Wafa Idrees as the ‘the beginning of a string of Palestinian women dedicated to sacrificing their lives for the cause.’ It singles out for recognition Hanadi Jaradat – a woman who blew herself up in a restaurant, killing 21 people (including four children).”
The terrorist-supporting roots of Miftah were also exposed.
“The founder of Miftah herself, Ms. Ashrawi, excused jihadist violence by telling an interviewer that ‘you cannot somehow adopt the language of either the international community or the occupier by describing anybody who resists as terrorist,’” French informed.
He then pointed to a tweet confirming that Miftah believes Jews must be displaced from Israel – the homeland that the God of the Bible clearly designated for His people, the Jews. Read more @ OneNewsNew