One thing’s certain when it comes to the “squad” of radical freshman Democrats, the women thrive at playing the victim, relishing in the opportunity to draw attention to themselves.
Reps. Ilhan Omar, (D- Minn.,) and Rashida Tlaib, (D-Mich.,) held a news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Monday afternoon and used the occasion to not only play the victim, but to go on the offensive against Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred the two Democrats from visiting the country.
Netanyahu blocked Omar and Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, from a planned trip because they back the boycott Israel movement. This coming after a tweet from President Donald Trump urging him to do so. (Both women have a long history of anti-Semitic behavior.)
Omar, a Somali refugee, questioned Israel as an ally and as a democracy on Monday, and highlighted the foreign aid the country receives from the U.S., getting the amount wrong, even as she read from prepared comments — Omar said $3 million, instead of the more accurate $3 billion figure.
“We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year,” Omar said. “This is predicated on them being an important ally in the region and (airquotes) ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East. But denying a visit to duly-elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally and denying millions of people freedom of movement, or expression, or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy. We must be asking – as Israel’s ally – the Netanyahu government stop the expansion of settlements on Palestinian land and ensure full rights to Palestinians if we are to give them aid.”
Omar called Netanyahu’s decision “unprecedented for members of Congress,” but the hatred toward Israel seen from these elected officials is also unprecedented.
“The decision to ban me and my colleague, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials,” she added.
But leave it to Tlaib to bring a little political theater to the day’s event.
Tlaib was called out for what proved to be a shameless political stunt last week after she obtained permission from Israel to visit her elderly grandmother following an appeal that said it may be the last time she gets to see her. Once granted permission, the radical left Democrat then publicly rejected the offer.
Summoning a few tears, Tlaib recalled visits as a child to talk about how terrible Israel is.
“As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints,” Tlaib said, pausing to fight back her tears. “Even though she was a United States citizen and proud American.”
She spoke about “shaking with fear” when visiting in a small village “with tanks and guns everywhere,” before going on to claim that she was only “humanizing the pain of oppression” with the planned trip.
Tlaib made it clear that their planned excursion would have been little more than a propaganda ploy designed to demonize Israel.
“Our delegation trip included meetings with Israeli veterans, who were forced to participate in military occupation,” she claimed. “They also desperately want peace and self-determination for their Palestinian neighbors.”
“They could have shed light into the injustice of raids, shooting and demolition and child detention,” Tlaib added. “The delegation would have seen firsthand why walls are destructive.”
Lost in all the drama is who was sponsoring the Democrats’ trip to “Palestine,” as the delegation referred to Israel.
Netanyahu called attention to the organization in his remarks last week.
“[T]he organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel,” he said.
Here’s a quick sampling of reactions from Twitter that suggests social media users are wise to what’s at play here, as the two Democratic lawmakers add to their anti-Semitic repertoire.
Omar and Tlaib are making the statement that they wanted to make on Israeli soil. They are terrorist provocateurs.
— RT (@tietude) August 19, 2019
Why does she get so much TV attention? She’s not a Secretary of State she’s a freshman representative with no prior work experience.
— MarieTweets ?? (@mkues65) August 19, 2019
Omar & Tlaib feign ignorance about their trip's organizer, MIFTAH, which prev organized a meeting w/Dems & a member of a Palestinian terrorist group
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 19, 2019
Defend that, Democrats.https://t.co/hjNr8prKYd
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 19, 2019
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