This is becoming so common place that it’s not really shocking anymore. Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been previously criticized for inviting a terrorist supporter to her swearing in ceremony, as well as for some very inflammatory speeches to CAIR, a front group that has ties to Hezbollah. She seemingly has no fear of public backlash when it comes to rubbing shoulders with terrorist sympathizers and that’s concerning to say the least.
We may have the worst example yet though.
The Daily Caller has the scoop.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib met with another extreme anti-Israel activist and terrorist-supporter in her Capitol Hill congressional office during American Muslims for Palestine Advocacy Day in mid-April.
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) hosted the annual advocacy and training event, which was open to all adults who “seek justice in Palestine.” Additional criteria for participation includes supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Supporting BDS is bad enough. That alone should disqualify Tlaib from her position. Irregardless of what you think of Israel, the BDS movement is patently anti-Semitic in that its supporters target Israel specifically because it’s a Jewish state, while ignoring far worst actors in the area. It’s not a movement built on any actual care for human rights. There’s a reason these people don’t target places like Iran, Qatar, or Turkey.
The actual terrorist supporter that Tlaib hosted is a man named Joe Catron.
AMP’s New Jersey chapter posted a photograph of Tlaib outside of her office with some of its members during the event, including Joe Catron, an avowed supporter of multiple Palestinian terrorist organizations.
“A tip of my hat to Rashida Tlaib, who really goes above and beyond the call of duty in welcoming every supporter of Palestine to her office, listening to what we have to say, answering our questions, and posing for endless pictures,” Catron wrote on Facebook following the meeting.
Just who is he?
Catron is a long-time extreme anti-Israel activist and has openly supported terrorist organizations. He serves as the U.S. coordinator of Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Samidoun is an affiliate arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian Marxist–Leninist and revolutionary socialist organization. The United States designated PFLP a terrorist organization in 1997, and Australia, Japan, Canada and the European Union shortly followed suit.
As you can see, this isn’t a stretching of the definition of “terrorist supporter.” He’s literally part of an organization that is affiliated with the PFLP, which is a designated terrorist organization and has been for decades.
If that doesn’t convince you, his Twitter account should.
Catron’s cover photo on both of his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts is a montage of a PFLP fighter donned in the organization’s official logo, as well as rockets and soldiers pointed towards a target over the state of Israel. It also displays the Arabic phrase “If you do [more attacks on Gaza] we will do [as well], hell is waiting for you.” The phrase is attributed to Mohammad Deif, the supreme military commander of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing.
You can find screenshots confirming this in The Daily Caller’s story. And if you still aren’t convinced this guy is a terrorist supporter (you probably are, but we’ll roll with it), there are tweets of Catron celebrating the murder of an Israeli policewoman as recently as 2017 posted at the link. Furthermore, Catron has openly supported Hamas and Hezbollah, posting congratulations to the former on their 31st anniversary and saying he loves the latter just two months ago.
Given all that was just shared above, how in the world is it acceptable for Tlaib to host this guy and take smiling pictures with him? This would be the equivalient of Ted Cruz hosting Richard Spencer. Don’t you think that would get some news coverage? In fact, they’d demand he resign in disgrace.
But the mainstream media are so partisan and so terrified of the inter-sectionalists that they won’t even cover this. It took a right-wing news source to do the actual reporting just to get this information out. Where’s CNN? Where’s MSNBC or the major networks? Do they think it’s ok for a sitting Congressional member to rub shoulders with an unquestionable supporter of terrorism? That’s a question they should all be made to answer. Democrat politicians shouldn’t be able to run from this either. If this were a Republican meeting a white nationalist, every single GOP member would be asked for comment and to give a condemnation. The double standards need to stop.
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