World Jewish Congress finds concerning Tlaib’s lobbying for BDS

US Representative Rashida Tlaib called to boycott “Real Time with Bill Maher” of HBO, reported Washington Examiner Monday.

Tlaib claimed that Maher’s show should be boycotted after the host said that the pro-Palestinian BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) movement was a “bullshit purity test.”

“It’s predicated on this notion — it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews are, in Israel, mostly white and the Palestinians are brown. So they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,» Maher said.

In response to that, Tlaib suggested to boycott Maher’s show. “Maybe folks should boycott his show,” she wrote.

The World Jewish Congress found calls for boycott by Tlaib “deeply disturbing.” President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder claimed Sunday that “serious questions need to be asked about Tlaib’s motivation in supporting extremist BDS Movement, which is allied with terrorists and is not shy about its ultimate aim of destroying Israel.”

“The WJC fully supports the constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech and has borne witness to the historic horrors associated with boycotts and the suppression of free speech,» he said. «Adolf Hitler infamously boycotted Jewish-owned businesses and worked to ban those in the entertainment and media industries who were critical of the Nazi party. After annexing Austria in 1938, Hitler quickly targeted for censure the Kabarett satirical reviews renowned for their expression of independent thought.»

«We Jews know what boycotts can lead to. We find it concerning that a member of the U.S. Congress would lobby for BDS and so easily suggest that Maher’s show should be boycotted simply because he expressed an opinion with which she disagrees.»

Last week Israeli authorities denied entry to two US congresswomen Tlaib and Ilhan Omar for their support of the BDS movement. Although Tlaib was allowed to visit on humanitarian grounds, as her family members, including her 90-year-old gandmother, live on West Bank, she refused to go as Israeli government banned her from promoting the boycott. Israeli Interiror Minister Aryeh Deri said that Tlaib’s «hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”

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