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Rashida Tlaib Met with Controversial Group That Encourages Violence Against Israel

Democratic squad member got together with members of an organization that endorses all forms of resistance to the American ally, 'whether by pen or gun'

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) found herself in hot water this week after she met with a controversial pro-Palestinian organization that has encouraged violence against Israel, defended the use of terrorism against the Jewish state, and called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

Tlaib was photographed — The Washington Free Beacon reported — meeting with members of the Palestine Youth Movement during the Arab Texas Festival held recently in Dallas, Texas.

This organization is known for its vitriolic rhetoric against Israelis and Jews.

It has previously been caught glorifying the leaders of anti-Semitic terrorist organizations.

Tlaib’s get-together with the PYM organization shows once again that even as a member of Congress, she is willing to meet with some of the most radical and fringe anti-Israel groups.

The PYM organization has openly called to “stop the Zionist occupation and colonization of all Palestine” and requires “full support for the Palestinian resistance,” which includes emphatically supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel (BDS) movement, something that Tlaib openly supports as well.

On social media, the group has memorialized so-called Palestinian martyrs, or those killed or imprisoned while carrying out terrorist attacks on Israel. At least three of the people who were honored, in fact, were known operatives of the Hamas terror group.

In addition, PYM USA sponsors the Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship, Breitbart reported; it’s named after a leader of the terrorist group PFLP.

Back in 2017, PYM USA sent an email to supporters framing the scholarship as a way to “honor the work and legacy of Ghasan Kanafani as part of the larger history of our ongoing liberation struggle.”

“Born on this day in 1936 in Acre, Kanafani dedicated his life to the Palestinian struggle both through his work with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as well as his writing,” the email stated. “The fire and brilliance of Kanafani’s works stems in large part from their ability to illuminate and to inspire.”

Tlaib was recently banned from entering Israel because of her support for the BDS Movement. She then sent a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri begging to be let into the country so that she could visit her grandmother; and though he ultimately relented, Tlaib then refused to go.

Related: Tlaib’s Grandmother Responds to Trump: ‘May God Ruin Him’

She argued she would not visit Israel unless she could go as a “free American United States congresswoman.”

Tlaib’s trip to Israel was co-sponsored by the anti-Israel organization Miftah, led by Hanan Ashrawi — who is “a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee and supporter of BDS.”

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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