Tlaib and the BDS BS
NY Post Editorial:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) made her views crystal-clear on the House floor Tuesday when she rose to oppose a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: She hates Israel with a passion.This woman is a disgrace to the Congress and to the Democrat party. She an Omar are bigots who apparently believe a lot of things about Israel that are not true. We should start with the fact that Gaza is not an occupied territory. In fact, Hamas has turned Gaza into an apartheid state which has no Jews living within its borders. Tlaib and Omar apparently grew up on Muslim bigotry and never bothered to find out the truth.
Specifically, she stood to protect “the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and state of Israel.”
The BDS movement calls for action to make the Jewish state feel pain because it’s supposedly the prime cause of Palestinian suffering.
That is, BDSers single out Israel for condemnation even though it does more to protect human rights than any other country in its region. Palestinians in Israel have far more rights than those governed by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Yet Tlaib opted to equate Israel’s critics with the opponents of the Nazis and apartheid, noting: “Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment and genocide of Jewish people.” And: “In the 1980s, many of us in this very body boycotted South African goods in the fight against apartheid.”
Then again, this is a member of Congress who said that the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling” because it lets her think of how her Palestinian ancestors gave up their land to “provide a safe haven for Jews in our world.” Right.
Tlaib also echoed the main argument of the bill’s other opponents, saying, “I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech.”
Thing is, this wasn’t a bill to outlaw or even regulate anything. It was just a purely symbolic measure opposing those who single out Israel for condemnation when it behaves better than most of the world’s nations.