Hmm: Rep. Tlaib Once Wrote a Column for Notorious Anti-Semite Farrakhan's Publication

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Posted: Feb 12, 2019 8:30 AM
Hmm: Rep. Tlaib Once Wrote a Column for Notorious Anti-Semite Farrakhan's Publication

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib once wrote a column for the Nation of Islam’s publication, Final Call, whose leader is notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. 

“Lost in the often-vitriolic national quarrel over immigration reform is any examination of proposed measures that would result in excessive punishment, such as detention and deportation, for the most minor offenses,” the Palestinian-American congresswoman wrote in the 2006 column. “Concern for 'national security' has introduced unprecedented insecurity to living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.”

The column, which is not accessible online, was unearthed by blogger Jeryl Bier.

"The article is entitled "Bills must stop deportations for minor offenses" and addressed the problem of legal immigrants deported for technicalities and other relatively minor issues," he wrote on his blog. 

Since the time of Tlaib’s writing, Final Call has published numerous articles espousing anti-Semitic conspiracies with headlines such as “Racist Rabbis: A Long History of Jewish Race-Haters,” “The Secret Relationship Between Rappers and Jews,” and “Solving The Mystery of Jewish Financial Success,” among others. Tlaib has not published in the outlet since her initial 2006 column.

Tlaib has faced significant criticism since her election over her ties to anti-Semitic Palestinian activists and her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which seeks to put financial pressure on Israel. In January, she attended a dinner with Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, who has referred to Israel as a “terrorist identity” and likened the state’s underlying ideology to that of ISIS.

Additionally, one of Tlaib’s top fundraisers, Maher Abdel-qader, has repeatedly espoused anti-Semitic tropes online. Abdel-qader also created the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” which often hosts anti-Semitic discussions and which Tlaib is a member of, the Daily Caller reported last month. (National Review)

While Tlaib's office did not respond to Bier for comment, a spokesperson did issue a statement to Business Insider.

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"The piece was from 2006 and was not an endorsement of Farrakhan or anyone for that matter," the spokesperson said. "The Congresswoman has not had any direct contact with Farrakhan and condemns his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views."