Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) is fundraising off the anti-Semitic event she hosted last week, telling supporters she needs the money to battle “Israel’s apartheid regime.”
Tlaib’s fundraising pitch references the “Squad” member’s controversial push to host an event mourning Israel’s creation as a “catastrophe.” Tlaib in the pitch boasts about her ability to hold the anti-Semitic event last week, even after it was initially canceled by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), as the Washington Free Beacon first reported. After McCarthy intervened on the House side, Tlaib enlisted socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) to reserve her space on the Senate side of the Capitol, where McCarthy has no jurisdiction.
The event—a celebration of the “Nakba,” a Palestinian term for the creation of Israel that loosely translates as “catastrophe”—drew widespread condemnation from House and Senate Republicans. Democratic leaders in both chambers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), remained mostly silent.
“In an attempt to suppress the truth and silence Palestinian voices, McCarthy tried to stop the event by blocking the use of the auditorium it was planned for,” Tlaib wrote in the fundraising email. “But he failed to silence those voices or their truth, as the event proceeded in a different location with a packed, standing-room-only audience.”
In the email to her supporters, Tlaib pledges to confront “Israel’s apartheid regime” and work to cut off the billions of dollars the United States allocates to protect Israel from terrorism.