Ocasio Cortez-Rashida Tlaib Attend Anti-Semitic Muslim Gathering With Links to Hamas

April 14, 2019

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The three new Democratic Senators met with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a rabidly anti-Israel group.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortes (NY-D) and Rashida Talib (Mich-D) attended the Palestine Advocacy Day event for American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

In 2013, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report in which it said: “AMP promotes extreme anti-Israel views and has at times provided a platform for anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans about ‘the just cause of Palestine and the rights of self-determination’.” Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of research at the American think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, claimed in a hearing with the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2016 that at least seven individuals involved in AMP have been involved in organizations shut down or held liable for sending money to Hamas. The chairman of AMP responded by accusing Schanzer of appealing to Islamophobia.

AMP is a more recent incarnation of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)/American Muslim Society (AMS) and several of the officers if the IAP/AMS currently run the AMP. The IAP/AMS acted as the propaganda arm of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a network of U.S.-based organizations established to support Hamas politically and financially. In 2004,  a federal court hed the organizations liable for $156 million in damages in the 1996 Hamas murder of  David Boim. A new lawsuit aims to hold AMP liable for the IAP/AMS’s damages from the original litigation.

On the group’s website, AMP reported that they met with the offices of 191 members of Congress for the event.

Tlaib and Ocasio Cortez are the first members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to serve in Congress, an organization that endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign(BDS) and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea.”

They have both been vocal critics of the Trump administration and advocated impeachment of the President. Both have criticized the Israeli government and called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

The same day she was sworn in, Tlaib arrived to her office to find that a guest, comedian Mohammed “Mo” Amer had altered the world map hanging on the wall, indicating that the area is currently the State of Israel should be labeled Palestine.

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