US House Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who is known for her anti-Israel stance and hatred, said Tuesday that there was no room in the progressive movement for supporters of what she called Israel’s “apartheid” government.
The Palestinian-American political said in an online forum organized by American Muslims for Palestine, “I want you all to know that among progressives, it’s become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government, and we will continue to push back and not accept that you are progressive except for Palestine.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League CEO, posted the video of Tlaib speaking and tweeted, “In one sentence, [Tlaib] simultaneously tells American Jews that they need to pass an anti-Zionist litmus test to participate in progressive spaces even as she doubles down on her antisemitism by slandering Israel as an apartheid state.”
Meanwhile, Tlaib’s fellow party members also found her call illogical. “I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be progressive,” said New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, who is Jewish.
Ritchie Torres also took an aim at Tlaib, saying, “There’s nothing progressive about advocating for the end of Israel as a Jewish State. Nothing progressive about opposing the Abraham Accords, which promotes peace. Nothing progressive about opposing Iron Dome, which protects civilians from indiscriminate rocket fire.”
Representative Ted Deutch, another Jewish Florida Democrat who is retiring to head the American Jewish Committee, said support for Israel was itself a progressive value.
“There are progressive activists, progressive students, and progressive Members of Congress whose support of democratic Israel is fundamentally a part of their progressive values,” he said. “They all belong at the table. We will not be silenced.”