It has come to light that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who has been a strong proponent of peace since Hamas terrorized Israel on October 7, is a member of the Palestinian American Congress, a covert Facebook organization. Maher Abdel-Qader formed this organization, which has come under fire for endorsing terrorists who have killed and kidnapped hundreds of civilians, including at least 33 Americans. Tlaib joined the Facebook group six years ago, and since then, it has drawn criticism for its praising of Hamas militants, doubting of the Holocaust, and anti-Israel views.
The contentious organization has shared pictures of Hamas fighters in the wake of the terror group’s attack in southern Israel that claimed the lives of at least 1,200 people and abducted about 240 others before transporting them to the Gaza Strip. Unsettling attitudes are expressed in some of the group’s messages; one member writes, “We want you to ride it back from where you came. We don’t want to throw you in the sea.”
Concern has been raised by the disclosure regarding Tlaib’s affiliation with a group that has come under fire for inciting violence and making derogatory remarks about Israelis. Despite her claims to be a peace activist, Tlaib has come under fire for her affiliation with a group that backs policies that are denounced by the world community.
Requests for comment on the subject were not immediately answered by Tlaib’s spokeswoman. Following Tlaib’s recent reprimand by the House for social media posts endorsing Hamas’s conduct and advocating for Israel’s annihilation, there is now dispute. Prior to this, the Michigan Democrat charged Israel with “ethnic cleansing” and denounced the US government for allegedly sponsoring “war crimes.”
As the narrative progresses, concerns about Tlaib’s position on the information exchanged within the Palestinian American Congress organization and the ramifications of her affiliation with its divisive discourse remain.