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GOP congressman calls for Rashida Tlaib to lose committee assignments after 'disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism'


The congressman alleged Tlaib attended a conference with reported connections to terrorism financiers

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Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.) is calling for the removal of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from her congressional committees because he claims that she has engaged in a "disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism," including attending an "anti-Israel advocacy" conference.

"This week, Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib participated in a forum led by one of the nation's most anti-Israel advocacy groups that featured other participants with reported connections to Hamas, terrorism financiers, and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement," Reschenthaler wrote in a statement released on Saturday.

"Rep. Tlaib's participation in this conference, coupled with her recently deleted retweet of a slogan calling for the elimination of Israel, are just the latest examples of a deeply disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism that has been on display since she was elected," the GOP congressman stated. "Yet Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats refuse to condemn her heinous behavior."

Reschenthaler referred to the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed. Over 50 criminal charges, including 11 counts of hate crimes, were filed against the suspect, who the Justice Department will intend to seek the death penalty against.

"As a Member of Congress representing southwestern Pennsylvania, I have seen firsthand what happens when we stand by and allow anti-Semitism and intolerance to pervade our communities," Reschenthaler said. "In 2018, eleven Jewish worshippers were killed and six others were wounded at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh."

"The day after this cowardly act of violence, I stood in solidarity with Americans of all religions, races, and ethnicities at a vigil honoring the victims of this heinous crime, and the first time I ever spoke on the House floor was to denounce hatred and bigotry in all forms," he said.

Reschenthaler cited how Republicans vehemently denounced Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his comments about white supremacy and white nationalism.

"House Republicans demonstrated we have zero tolerance for hateful speech in our ranks," Reschenthaler noted. "When outgoing Republican Congressman Steve King made inexcusable racist remarks, not only did he receive widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisle, but Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy rightfully stripped him of his committee assignments."

Reschenthaler said on Sunday, "The lack of condemnation from the left regarding Rashida Tlaib's attendance at an anti-Israel conference last week is deeply disturbing."

During Thanksgiving weekend, the Democratic representatives headlined the annual American Muslims for Palestine conference, which was virtual this year.

Tlaib, along with fellow Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Betty McCollum (Minn.), reportedly attended a conference "run by one of the nation's most prolific anti-Israel advocacy groups, lending their support to an organization that champions boycotts of Israel and has partnered with individuals tied to terrorism," according to the Free Beacon.

Last week, Tlaib retweeted and then deleted a tweet that stated, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

"The phrase 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,' first rose to prominence as the slogan of the Palestine Liberation Organization during its founding in 1964. It refers to the notion that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea should be entirely under Arab control, with a Jewish state eliminated," the New York Post reported.

The tweet, which was posted for "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People," was later deleted by Tlaib.

In March, Tlaib wore an eye-raising T-shirt that wiped Israel off the map.

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