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If anti-Semitic Muslim Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were out to prove why Israel had been in the right to block their visit to the Jewish state, then they’ve succeeded with flying colors.

According to Batya Ungar-Sargon, a contributor with the 122-year-old Jewish magazine The Forward, on Saturday the two shared a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon on their Instagram stories.

Worse, the cartoon was produced by a notorious anti-Semite who reportedly came in second place in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest thirteen years ago.

Because Instagram stories self-delete themselves after 24 hours, the photo captured by Ungar-Sargon appears to be the only evidence of the congresswomen’s misdeed.

However, the cartoonist — Carlos Latuff — has pinned the same cartoon to his Twitter profile:

“He is an extreme left-wing political activist who won second place in the notorious Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Competition,” the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs notes. “Latuff is one of the more prolific anti-Semitic cartoonists on the web, with a staggering amount of work dedicated to advancing explicitly anti-Semitic political imagery.”

Omar and Tlaib’s sharing of his cartoon comes only days after they created a huge international fuss over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocking their planned visit to the Jewish state.

In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter last Thursday, the PM specifically cited their ongoing anti-Israel activism; their support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement; and the fact that their visit was slated to be funded by a group whose members “have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

While this decision attracted the blessing of President Donald Trump, it garnered intense criticism from congressional Democrats and Democrat presidential candidates alike.

“As one who loves Israel, I am deeply saddened by the news that Israel has decided to prevent Members of Congress from entering the country … Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said about the same thing, as did presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But growing evidence now suggests they were dead wrong.

Dovetailing back to the original ban, Netanyahu offered to make an exception for Tlaib — given as she has family in the West Bank — in exchange for her pledging “not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.”

Following the announcement, Tlaib bent a knee and submitted a letter to the Israeli government agreeing to comply with the PM’s requests. Shortly thereafter, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri approved her entrance.

But only hours after her request was approved on Friday morning, Tlaib suddenly performed an about-face and issued a statement on Twitter rejecting the offer.

And in explaining why she wasn’t interesting in traveling to Israel anymore, she resorted to spouting the same sort of anti-Semitic rhetoric about alleged Israeli “oppression” and “racism” that had initially inspired Netanyahu to block her visit in the first place.

Later that same evening, the congresswoman went on to attend an event with an anti-Semitic group linked to white nationalists and BDS.

The clear-cut message that critics took from her stunning behavior was that she was more interested in promoting the destruction of Israel — which is BDS’s ultimate goal — than in visiting her own grandmother.

Couple all this information with the cartoon shared by Omar and Tlaib — not to mention their habits of hobnobbing with terrorist sympathizers, making light of the Holocaust, promoting anti-Israel legislation, berating Jewish diplomats and talking trash about Israel — and it becomes exceedingly more difficult to understand why Democrat leaders came to their defense.

Unless the Democrat Party is now officially the party of anti-Semitism, there appears to be no legitimate excuse for why it has and continues to tolerate the two’s stunning anti-Semitism.

Vivek Saxena


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