Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
(photo credit: REUTERS/REBECCA COOK AND ERIC MILLER/REUTERS)
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has defended Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar and called for an end to the "bullying and hateful rhetoric" after a post-it note was left on her door accusing Omar of "Jihad against the Jews."
Tlaib publicized the incident on Twitter on Wednesday, posting a picture of the hand written post-it note, which reads: "Rep Omar, stop your disgusting Jew hatred. Your sign says 'Justice for all.' That means Jews too. Your Jihad against the Jews will fail. Am Yisrael Chai!"
In the Tweet, Tlaib slammed the note, saying that "this is the hateful rhetoric & bullying on my door today. Stop the fear mongering & blantant (sic) lies. Come here w/ the value that all beings deserve human rights, including Palestinians."
She added that both she and Omar "fight for equality & justice for all. There's nothing antisemitic about that!"
Omar has been involved in a storm of controversy over the last few months and has been accused of being antisemitic several times.
Last month, she accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
Omar received heavy backlash for the comments and was accused of antisemitism, with leaders on both the Right and Left condemning her remarks.
Earlier this week, large protest were also held outside the Hilton hotel in Los Angeles where Omar is slated to speak Saturday night at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Greater Los Angeles’s fourth annual Valley Banquet.
CAIR has a long history of affiliation with the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah with its members often defending the actions of Hamas in Gaza.
FBI investigators previously uncovered evidence establishing CAIR's place in the "Palestine Committee," which was a Muslim Brotherhood-created network aimed at helping Hamas in the United States, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. In 2009, US District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is "at least a prima facie case as to CAIR's involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas."
Last month, she was also caught up in a controversy over whether or not she would be speaking alongside an official known for his antisemitic comments at an emergency gala dinner for Yemen in Tampa, Florida.
It was revealed that she would give the keynote address at an Islamic Relief USA dinner alongside Yousef Abdallah, who has advocated for violence against Jews and expressed antisemitic sentiments on his social media pages.
Omar's PR team pushed back and the event’s marketing materials and online invitations were changed. Tzvi Joffre contributed to this report.
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