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Tlaib, Omar Accuse Israel of “Human Rights Abuses” in Opposition to Iron Dome Funding

Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

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Aaron Bandler
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced their opposition to a stand-alone bill providing $1 billion to the Israeli missile defense system Iron Dome, accusing Israel of “human rights abuses.”

Before the bill passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority, Tlaib tweeted on September 23: “I will not support a standalone supplemental bill of $1 billion to replenish the bombs Israel used to commit war crimes in Gaza.” A day earlier, she also tweeted that she was going to vote against it to “stop enabling Israel’s human rights abuses and apartheid government.” Tlaib reiterated her allegations of Israeli war crimes and apartheid on the floor of the House of Representatives prior to the vote.

Omar similarly tweeted, “Given the human rights violations in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah, and ever-growing settlement expansion, we should not be ramming through a last-minute $1 billion increase in military funding for Israel without any accountability.” In subsequent tweets, she alleged that the $1 billion in funding “was added without the knowledge or consent of relevant committee chairs or proper budgeting” and that the $1 billion would be in addition to the $73 million that Congress already allocated toward the Iron Dome.”

Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) condemned Tlaib on the floor of the House.

“I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish state of Israel an apartheid state,” Deutch said. “I reject it.” He went onto say that those who make false characterizations about Israel “is consistent with those who advocate for the dismantling of the one Jewish state in the world and when there is no place on the map for one Jewish state, that’s antisemitism. And I reject that.”

Both members of “The Squad” came under fire on Twitter.

“You know the truth but choose to ignore it,” Israeli Ambassador to the United States and United Nations Gilad Erdan tweeted to Tlaib. “The Iron Dome protects Israel against Hamas’ war crimes including its indiscriminate firing of rockets at civilians. The U.S. has declared Hamas a terror organization – your actions help to protect terrorists against a democracy!”

“Here’s what @RashidaTlaib is really saying: Let Hamas & Hezbollah fire deadly rockets at will against 9 million Israelis—Jewish, Muslim, Christian… Let these terror groups pursue their aim of genocide. Deny Israel the right to defend itself,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris tweeted. “SAY NO TO HER UNBRIDLED HATRED.”

Judea Pearl, Chancellor Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, National Academy of Sciences member and Daniel Pearl Foundation President, tweeted to Tlaib: “Anyone who’s obsessed with ‘Israel Apartheid’ has a problem with Israel’s birth, not with ‘rights.’”

 

Journalist David Collier tweeted: “It is clear that @RashidaTlaib wants war and bloodshed. It’s as easy as ABC. A. The Iron Dome saves Israeli lives. B. Which means Israel is not compelled to invade Gaza to stop Hamas rockets. C. Which means Iron Dome prevents war and saves both Israeli and Palestinian lives.”

AIPAC tweeted to both Tlaib and Omar, “By voting against Iron Dome, you’re voting against protecting civilians from terrorism. You’re voting for more war, more destruction, and more Israeli and Palestinian lives lost.”

Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of the International Legal Forum, tweeted to Omar, “Stop lying. Are you really filled with so much hatred and indifference to Jewish lives (and for that matter, Palestinian too), that you would rather see Hamas fire rockets at Israel and murder innocent people, only prolonging the violence? Are you really that heartless?”

 

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations tweeted, “The same people who call for Israel’s restraint against terrorist groups that fire rockets at Israeli civilians are now opposed to funding the Iron Dome. The Iron Dome saves both Israeli and Palestinian lives. Without it, there will only be more terror and violence.”

IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) defended Tlaib and Omar. IfNotNow accused Deutch of “anti-Palestinian racism,” arguing that he shouldn’t “tell a Palestinian woman what she is and isn’t allowed to call the oppression and dispossession that Palestinians have endured through Israeli policies. It’s apartheid.”

JVP, which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, thanked Omar for being “one of a small number of members of Congress who are willing to truly stand up for human rights and safety for ALL people – no exceptions.”

 

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