The new talking point for “the Squad” is supporting boycotts of Israel, and comparing them to the boycotts against Nazi Germany.
One of the “squad,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), made the comparison on Tuesday, July 23, in the House saying she opposed a bipartisan resolution against the movement BDS—which calls for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel—seeking to destabilize the country.
Tlaib the daughter of Palestinian immigrants said, “The right to boycott is deeply rooted in the fabric of our country.”
“Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment, and genocide of Jewish people.” Tlaib also referred in her speech to boycotts against apartheid South Africa.
Just a few days prior, Omar, on July 16 had proposed a resolution that without mentioning Israel, included the comparison to Nazi Germany.
“Whereas Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad, including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” the resolution said.
Omar explained her stance by telling Al-Monitor, it “is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
“In twisting the knife, the text of Omar’s pro-BDS resolution goes so far as attempting to draw a moral equivalency with boycotting Nazi Germany,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), wrote in a Fox News op-ed, calling the BDS the “ poisonous instrument of hatred.”
According to Zeldin the BDS is “not all about affirming the rights of Palestinians. It is about delegitimizing Israel by turning it into a pariah state cut off from all trade, tourism, military, diplomatic, and cultural ties with the rest of the world.”
Four members of Congress, including two Democrats and two Republicans, had introduced the resolution in March, and it was supported by 346 Democrats and Republicans in the 435-member House.
BDS has the goal of bringing Israel to its economic knees, and destroying the only remaining Jewish state.
“Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House should unite as much as possible to oppose the BDS movement and stick up for our great ally in the Middle East. And we should help stop the spread of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate on our college campuses, within American politics, and all around the world,” said Zeldin.