The first bill before the newly sworn-in Congress deals with sundry Middle East-related issues, including language to authorize state and local measures against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Taking to Twitter to attack the bill, the freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib wrote that its supporters “forgot what country they represent.” The editors of the New York Post comment:
Rashida Tlaib may take great pains to deny she is anti-Semitic, but she’s just launched her congressional career by resorting to one of the oldest and most blatantly anti-Jewish canards. . . .
American Jews have long been slandered with charges of dual loyalty for their support of Israel. Activists such as [the Women’s March leader and Arab-American activist] Linda Sarsour hurl it more and more often these days. It was used against opponents of the Iran nuclear deal and supporters of the war in Iraq. Yet it’s particularly ironic for Tlaib to make the charge, since she has vowed to “be a voice” for her relatives in the West Bank and declared that her “passion for justice is rooted in [her] beautiful Palestine.” . . .
Her latest tirade . . . gives the lie to her claim that she merely opposes Israel. So far, other Democrats have remained silent on Tlaib’s disgraceful canard. The party’s depressing drift of recent years makes that no real surprise. But it still makes them abettors, enablers—and equally guilty.