The anti-Semitic Squad will have a number of new members in the 117th Congress. They will no doubt relentlessly attack Israel and debase America in the months ahead. And what does AIPAC do to confront these haters publicly? Absolutely nothing.
Election Fallout: The Squad Adds Members To The Democrat Anti-Israel Caucus
By Legal Insurrection, November 18th, 2020
As regular readers doubtlessly know, the 2018 midterm elections presented Americans with a new phenomenon in the form of the congressional “Squad“: several avowedly anti-Israel (and often Islamist-allied) first-term U.S. Representatives. Now, as the smoke from #Election2020 begins to dissipate, it seems that (spoiler alert) The Squad’s congressional anti-Zionist cabal is about to get a little bigger.
Despite the unique disdain they’ve often shown for Israel—America’s best ally in a volatile region of the world—Ilhan Omar (MN-04), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), (three “Justice Democrats” who, with Ayana Pressley (MA-07), make up The Squad) were each re-elected on November 3rd 2020. We’ve covered their anti-Israel (and often anti-Jewish) shenanigans in-depth, including when:
- Ilhan Omar insinuated that Jews and AIPAC use money to push Congress towards Israel; suggested that her critics are “weaponizing” charges of anti-Semitism to silence her; spoke at an event for the Council on American-Islamic Relations during which she minimized Al-Qaeda’s 9/11 terrorist attacks; actively campaigned against a House bill condemning BDS; sponsored a pro-BDS House resolution; endorsed Linda Sarsour only hours after joining the congressional Black-Jewish caucus; and gave an interview to Al Jazeera and Mehdi Hasan in which she dismissed Islamist terrorism as less concerning than “white men”.
- Rashida Tlaib participated in the 2020 annual “Palestine Advocacy Days” with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), during which AMP volunteers lobby their reps to help erode Israel’s relationship with the United States; delivered a keynote speech at the AMP annual conference (from whence I was booted for having previously written about the group’s links to Hamas) in which she echoed longstanding efforts by anti-Zionists to stoke racial tension against Israel by falsely accusing it causing police shootings of Blacks; blamed “white supremacy” for Black Hebrew Israelite zealots’ murders of Jews; called for a boycott of Bill Maher’s show after he criticized BDS; planned to visit Israel on a tour with Miftah—a group that has “trafficked in anti-Jewish blood libels“; later backed out of the trip when the Israeli government mandated she not advocate BDS while inside Israel; falsely claimed that Palestinians gave Jews a “safe haven” after the Holocaust; used the old “dual loyalty” canard against Israel supporters; and wrote for a Nation of Islam publication.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked Israel despite her admitted ignorance on the subject; met with members of extremist fringe Neturei Karta, but avoided meeting with progressive Zionists; pulled out of a Yitzhak Rabin memorial event after radical Islamists complained; co-opted the Holocaust to emphasize her perspectives regarding the US-Mexico border; forged a political alliance with terrorist fan-boy Jeremy Corbyn; and spoke at the 2019 Women’s March amidst allegations that some of the group’s leaderswere anti-Semitic.
(Ayana Pressley is arguably not in the same anti-Israel league as her fellow Squad members. While she is a “Justice Democrat, and has erroneously warned that Israel’s annexation of the West Bank would create “apartheid-like conditions“, she also voted to condemn the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel and she fostered positive relationships with a few mainstream Jewish organizations in her district.)
The above list is staggering on its own. But there are still other members of the upcoming 117th Congress whose anti-Israel machinations are less widely known—including incumbents and Freshmen. The latter group (all 50+ of whom are listed here) might be the most important to watch, since some of them appear ready to match The Squad’s bombastic anti-Zionism shot for shot.
I looked into every single confirmed Freshman member (and our previous material on dozens of incumbents) of the January 2021 U.S. House of Representatives. Following are highlights from some (not all!) of the most egregious Israel-haters of the whole 117th bunch.
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