Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was a keynote speaker at the annual pro-Palestinian conference, which was dominated by attacks on Israel and the denial of its legitimacy as a state.
On Nov. 29, Tlaib repeatedly compared events in the United States with the problematic relationship between Israel and Palestine before an audience that nurtures anti-Semitism in Chicago.
“Every time I see … the police going after, killing innocent people, innocent, treating African American brothers and sisters like they’re disposable, I think of Palestine and what happens to our brothers and sisters in the occupation,” said Tlaib, quoted by Israel Hayom.
In her speech, Tlaib also compared the border difficulties between the United States and Mexico with those of the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory that borders Israel and is controlled by the terrorist group Hamas.
Zahra Billoo, San Francisco chapter director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), who does not believe that Israel has the right to exist, said, “If a Muslim shows up to an interfaith space, we need to be willing to compromise on Israel’s right to exist for us to be able to participate in that conversation. I’m done with that.”
At the same time, anti-Semitic Islamist activist Linda Sarsour spoke out against the supposed white supremacy of the United States.
The event was organized by the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a group that promotes “extreme anti-Israeli views” and provides “a platform for anti-Semitism.”
Tlaib, of Palestinian origin, is the first American Muslim woman in the Michigan House of Representatives.
She is also part of the “Squad” made up of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayana Pressley.