After posing with a terrorist supporter earlier this year and insisting she was unaware of his jihadist backing, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was photographed again just two months later in March with a Palestinian activist who grieved for a terrorist who was killed after leading a bloody attack that assassinated an Israeli rabbi.”
“When U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was photographed with an avowed Hizballah supporter in January – just after being sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives – she claimed she didn't know the guy or what he stood for, but just two months later, Tlaib did it again,” the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) divulged. “In a March photograph just discovered by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Tlaib posed with Nader Jalajel – a Palestinian activist who last year mourned the death of a terrorist who led a shooting attack that murdered a rabbi.”
On Twitter, Jalajel paid tribute to Islamic terrorist Ahmed Jarrar, who was pictured armed with the semiautomatic weapon he used to kill Jews in honor Islam’s god, Allah.
“Allah Yerhamo” (May God have mercy on him), Jalajel wrote in his tweet next to the photo of Jarrar, wearing the traditional red and white checkered scarf worn by anti-Semitic Palestinian militants. “Ahmed Jarrar passes away after a long battle resisting the brutal Israeli occupation and defending his people and his land. We will never forget."
Earlier this week, Jalajel was at it again, honoring four Hamas terrorists who were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after the four broke over the Gaza border armed with a cache of grenades, assault rockets and anti-tank rockets to unleash another unprovoked fatal attack on Jews.
"LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE!!!" Jalajel posted on his Facebook page Sunday – referring to opposition to the Jewish State.
After Tlaib’s association with a terrorist supporter was brought to light, her office discounted the photo’s significance.
"As someone who takes photos with a large amount of people as a public official, Congresswoman Tlaib does not know or endorse statements made by every person she meets," Tlaib’s spokesman, Denzel McCampbell, wrote IPT in response to its inquiries about the photo.
But her connectons to Islamic terror-supporting activists and groups appears more than evident.
“According to Jalajel's Facebook post, the picture with Tlaib was taken March 9 during a Palestinian American Women's Association banquet in Garden Grove, Calif.,” IPT’s Steven Emerson noted. “That same organization directed supporters to donate to help Palestinian terrorist Rasmieh Odeh get out of jail on bail in 2014 while she awaited sentencing for naturalization fraud. Odeh failed to tell U.S. immigration officials about her role in a 1969 Jerusalem grocery store bombing that killed two college students.”
BDS promotes Israel’s destruction
Tlaib’s anti-Israel positioning is evident in her ardent support of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“Tlaib and fellow Muslim freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were in the news Thursday when Israel announced the two were banned from entering the country,” WND reported. “They had planned a trip to ‘Palestine’ this weekend, but Israel argued that they support the BDS boycott campaign, which critics contend ultimately seeks the elimination of the Jewish State.”
While Tlaib has compared BDS to the Boston Tea Party and a boycott against Nazi Germany, her fellow Squad member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), has minimized the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust by saying United States border detention facilities are “exactly like concentration camps” and trivialized the Holocaust mantra, “never again,” – using it as a call to end overcrowded conditions in border facilities for illegal immigrants.
Tlaib, AOC, Omar and the fourth Squad member, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), were among just 13 others who refused to sign on to a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic BDS movement that has infiltrated college campuses from coast to coast.
“Her House colleagues – in a 398–17 vote last month – condemned the BDS movement for encouraging the Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure,’” WND recounted. “The resolution reasoned that BDS ‘does not recognize – and many of its supporters explicitly deny – the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination.’”
Tlaib’s primary reason for visiting Israel was revealed when she asked its leaders for permission to see her aging grandmother in the West Bank. Israel relented under the condition of not promoting anti-Israel BDS policies, but, as OneNewsNow reported Friday, she rejected the offer, and Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri called her out for her hypocrisy – alleging her request was merely staged to draw sympathy for Palestinians.
“Apparently, her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,” Deri tweeted Friday.
Tlaib’s ties are telling
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Tlaib and the Squad for their anti-American and anti-Semitic policies and rants, and the contention about the Muslim members’ greater allegiance to Islam’s Shariah law than the U.S. Constitution appears to be backed by the Michigan congresswoman’s fairly recent photo-ops.
“[By being]caught smiling in a photograph with a terrorist supporter – as the pictures show – Tlaib uses her office to advance BDS and its supporters,” Emerson asserted.
Her continued association with Palestinian-supporting organizations that fund a people co-led by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has kept her loyalty to American interests in question.
“In April, she met with an American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) delegation,” Emerson recalled. “Several AMP leaders – including its chairman and its executive director – previously worked with a group called the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which served as the propaganda arm of a Muslim Brotherhood-run Hamas-support network in the United States [both recognized by the U.S. as terrorist organizations].”
Tlaib’s mere affiliation with Jalajel is problematic – at best – especially considering she is an active elected official in U.S. Congress.
“If it's possible, Jalajel might be even more extreme than AMP – given his open support for terrorists and their actions,” Emerson added. “The same is true for Abbas Hamideh – the man with whom Tlaib posed in January.Jalajel and Abbas Hamideh both work with the anti-Israel group Al-Awda – the Palestine Right of Return Coalition – and the two are Facebook friends.”
The race card has been used to deflect attention off Tlaib’s terrorist ties.
“In February, Al-Awda issued a statement defending Tlaib and her freshman House colleague, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.),” Emerson noted. “Criticism of the two – including anti-Semitism accusations against Omar – are solely due to ‘their support for Palestinian freedom,’ the statement said.”
Tlaib’s true policy concerning Israel
If Tlaib and her Muslim cohorts have their way, Israel’s existence as a people and a nation are reportedly doomed.
“Hamideh runs Al-Awda. Its goal – a Palestinian right of return – would swamp Israel demographically, stripping it of its status as the world's lone Jewish State,” Emerson informed. “Al-Awda's co-founder, Mazin Qumsiyeh, was the coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee Against the Wall, which the Jerusalem Post reported, coordinated its activities with Hamas and the [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] PFLP, among other groups.’"
Al-Awda’s track record is disturbing, considering his close association with Tlaib.
Al-Awda repeatedly stood by Palestinian terrorists, hosting PFLP Secretary-General George Habash during a 2001 rally, the Post story said,” Emerson continued. “It also defended Palestinian Islamic Jihad board members Sami Al-Arian and Mazen Al-Najjar, along with officials from the Holy Land Foundation, who were later convicted of illegally routing $12 million to Hamas.”
But when confronted, Tlaib resorted to her often-used excuse that she was a victim of circumstance, arguing that her detractors were simply reading into things.
"It is also important to note a photo does not mean I agree with anything someone says," Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press in January. “It is obvious this man thrives on media attention from his recent posts. It's unfortunate that he was successful. I do not agree with the statements brought to my attention."
However, Tlaib’s rendition of the situation did not pan out.
“Hamideh, who called Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah ‘the most honorable Arab-Muslim leader of our lifetime,’ saw the relationship differently, saying he was able to attend Tlaib's swearing in ceremony and a ‘private dinner afterward," Emerson pointed out.
Hamideh actually verified his close ties with Tlaib earlier this year.
"I know her well through her campaign and stuff like that – like we've met numerous times [at] numerous events," Hamideh explained to the Daily Caller.
And there are more pictures corroborating Tlaib’s close ties to the man tied to terrorism.
“In fact, the picture was at least the second the two took together – Hamideh posted another one in April 2018, during Tlaib's campaign for Congress,” Emerson stressed. “He reposted it Sunday, with the cutline, the original Squad’ – a play on the nickname given to Tlaib, Omar and fellow freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.”
This was the case again a year ago.
“Hamideh posted it again in August 2018 – after Tlaib won her primary,” Emerson added. "’Congratulations to my dear friend Rashida Tlaib ...’ he wrote.”
Regardless of Tlaib’s backpedaling and claims of being a victim of circumstance, her continued close affiliation and support of people and policies that undermine the very existence of Israel are expected to continue until the day she leaves office.
“Tlaib has claimed that she is being attacked solely for criticizing Israeli policies, but she continues to meet with – and at times embrace – people and organizations who want to see the country eliminated,” Emerson concluded. “As long as that continues, expect more photographs to show a member of the U.S. House smiling with people who support terrorist killers.”