There have been rumors that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) spoke at a Detroit art exhibition that ran from May 26 to June 17, despite the fact that the featured pieces didn’t adhere to any traditional school or style.
Instead, a black-and-white illustration featured a young woman with a half-smile and the anti-imperialist chant “From the river to the sea” on top, with the phrase “Palestine will be free” at the bottom.
A young woman in a black headscarf was pictured standing in front of a stylized red, gray, and black depiction of someone carrying a rifle while clutching a glue gun like a weapon.
The words “power to freedom fighters” and a piece of barbed wire are visible above. “Free our martyrs” was written in capital letters on a banner of oranges and watermelons.
With a picture of a pig with bloody teeth and an intersectionality theme, a poster refers to law enforcement.
The May 30 exhibition at Detroit’s Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery was sponsored by the Handala Coalition, a coalition of groups that support Palestinians.
Khader Adnan, a 45-year-old terrorist who was detained in Israel and passed away on May 2 after an 86-day hunger strike, was one of the people who received artwork in tribute.
He had been detained 12 times by Israeli authorities and had served eight years in prison for crimes related to terrorism. Who among you is the next suicide bomber? Adnan asked his followers in 2007, demonstrating his dedication to world peace. Who will wear the next explosive belt among you? Who among you is going to shoot the next round?
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired three missiles into Israel after Adnan died. Tlaib has continued to draw criticism for her anti-Israel and anti-Semitic remarks.
Elisha Wiesel wrote an opinion piece for The Hill just a week and a half before the congresswoman went to the art exhibit, criticizing her for trying to incorporate the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018—named after his father—into a House resolution that called for “recognizing the ongoing naqba and Palestine refugees rights.” Wiesel stated: “I am staggered by the silence in response.
To use my father’s name in such vile accusations is so far beyond the pale.”