Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) compared the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement — which is designed to destroy Israel — to America boycotting Nazi Germany.
Tlaib made the remarks while speaking out against H.R. 246 before the House overwhelmingly voted, 398-17, to oppose the resolution.
“The right to boycott is deeply rooted in the fabric of our country,” Tlaib said. “What was the Boston Tea Party but a boycott? Where would we be now without the boycott led by the civil rights activists in the 1950s and 60s like the Montgomery bus boycott and the United Farm Workers Grape boycott?”
“Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment, and genocide of Jewish people,” Tlaib continued. “In the 1980s, many of us in this very body boycotted South African goods in the fight against apartheid. Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution. It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people’s political speech and to send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn’t like.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made a similar comparison last week when she introduced a pro-BDS resolution.
“Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust,” Omar said in the resolution, Fox News reported.
Omar and Tlaib are widely considered to be the most anti-Semitic members of Congress as they have each repeatedly engaged in promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and tropes.