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Julio Rivera: Will Tlaib/Maher Feud be a "Line in the Sand" Moment for Liberal Jews?

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has not been one to allow her status as a "Rookie" Representative stifle her voice as she's already provided a career's worth of soundbites in less than a year in office.

Her attacks against President Trump, including the infamous “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf**ker,” has led to her garnering praise from the fringiest corners of the far left. She has become a hero to "Never Trumpers," Feminists, and whether or not it's truly acknowledged, anti-Semites.

Tlaib, deciding that her outright hatred of Israel is more important that maintaining a powerful left-leaning media ally, has now directed her scorn towards Bill Maher in response to his segment on HBO's "Real Time w/Bill Maher" in which he called out the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a “bulls--- purity test.”

Using Twitter, she called for a boycott of Maher's HBO show tweeting:

Maybe folks should boycott his show.

I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. - @rashidatlaib

Tlaib's ridiculous comparison of the criticism of the BDS movement to the boycotts of South Africa's apartheid regime is just her latest evidence of her outward anti-Semitism. According to the Washington Examiner, the group behind her now infamous canceled visit to her grandmother in Israel, Miftah, is "an exceptionally anti-Semitic group that praises Palestinian terrorists and claims Jews used the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover. The organization also publishes Neo-Nazis and calls for the destruction of Israel."

Her support of fellow Rookie Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has her own ties to Miftah as well as a history of questionable quotes, is another example of a growing acceptance of anti-semitism within some segments of the political left.

Unfortunately, with what is already known about Tlaib's anti-Semitic tendencies and the evidence continuing to mount, some liberal Jews continue to rabidly support her. Just this Friday, a group known as Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Action organized a rally in support of their "ally" Tlaib in light of the Israel trip "setup." According to the website Common Dreams, "Beth Miller, government affairs manager for Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Action, which organized the event, applauded Tlaib's courage and said it is "heartbreaking that Rashida had to spend this evening with us instead of her beloved family.""

This dangerous acceptance and even celebration of Tlaib by Liberal Jews should be a matter of concern for not only the Jewish people, but by all Americans. Israel has long been a great ally of the United States and she relies on America for support in a region where the many of the countries openly call for her annihilation. As a Congresswoman, Tlaib and her colleague Omar actually have a say in our support of Israel.

The time has come for liberals in general to reexamine their doctrine of unconditional acceptance and normalization of evil. Today's acceptance of anti-semitism can easily become tomorrow's dissolution of diplomatic ties with perhaps America's greatest ally. An ally that relies on America to help ensure her very existence.

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Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera is a small business consultant, political activist, writer and Editorial Director for Reactionary Times.  His writing, which is concentrated on politics and cybersecurity, has also been published by websites including Newsmax, The Hill, The Washington Times, LifeZette, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Toronto Sun, PJ Media and many others.

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