Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) called for a boycott of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" after host Bill Maher rebuked Democrats for using the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as an ideological "purity test."
What did Maher say?
"It's a bulls**t purity test. BDS is a bulls**t purity test by people who want to appear 'woke' but actually slept through history class," Maher said on his show Friday.
"It's predicated on this notion — I think it's very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and Palestinians are mostly brown, so they must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this 'completely peaceful people' found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars," he said.
Maher also called out the media for seemingly providing cover for the BDS movement, quoting Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the movement, who said that Palestinians will never "accept a Jewish state in Palestine."
"So that's where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn't even want a Jewish state at all," Maher said. "Somehow this side never gets presented in the American media. It's very odd."
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How did Tlaib respond?
The controversial lawmaker said, "Maybe folks should boycott his show." Tlaib then invoked South African apartheid and claimed Maher is attempting to discredit Palestinian freedom.
"I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom," she said. "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."
Maher's comments came one day after Israel announced it would not permit Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to enter Israel for a planned trip over their continued support of the BDS movement.
Israel officials later said Tlaib could visit Israel on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the West Bank, but she refused, despite submitting a request to do so.