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The Friends of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s Friends

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Congresswoman Rahida Tlaib on the floor of the House (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Congresswoman Rahida Tlaib on the floor of the House (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) had an unwanted spotlight shined on her over the weekend after Clarion Project and other media outlets reported that she had invited Abbas Hamideh, a Hezbollah supporter and anti-Semitic Palestinian activist, to a private dinner with family and friends.

Hamideh, who is the president of the Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, tweeted a photo of him and Tlaib.

Another lesser known photo of Hamideh and Tlaib was posted on his Facebook in April:

Now Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Hezbollah supporter Abbas Hamideh (Photo: Facebook)

While it’s unclear how much influence Hamideh has in Tlaib’s life, Hamidah has a history of associations with terrorists and extremists. In the photo below,  Hamideh can be seen at a rally with two controversial individuals:

The woman on the right is Rasmeah Odeh, who was convicted  by Israel for her involvement in a terror bombing in Jerusalem in the 1970s in which two students were killed. Odeh was released by the Israeli government in a prisoner exchange in 1980 and emigrated to the U.S. She was deported in September of 2017 for immigration fraud for concealing her involvement in the bombing.

The individual next to Hamideh in the photo is Abbas Bazzi. Bazzi is a Hezbollah supporter, supporter of the regime in Iran and is a person with problematic international influence.

 

 

Bazzi and Hamideh’s friendship goes back more than 20 years. The following photos taken in November 2018 show Bazzi at the Permanent Iranian Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:

Abbas Bazzi at the at the Permanent Iranian Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (Photo: Facebook)
Abbas Bazzi (pictured here and in the photo at the right) at the at the Permanent Iranian Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (Photo: Facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bazzi also can be seen in the photo below with a delegation hosted by Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad (center, second row). The date of the photo, which was posted by Bazzi, is unknown.

Bazzi (top left) with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad (second row, center)
Bazzi (top left) with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad (second row, center)

When Bazzi saw the publicity that Hamideh’s relationship with Tlaib was getting, he reacted in a Facebook status, posting: “Zionists are going apeshit over one photo with newly elected congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Imagine when we start posting selfies from a liberated Jerusalem,” he posted.

Bazzi and Hamideh don’t appear to just be acquaintances, but rather quite good friends:

Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (second from left) (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (second from left) (Photo: Facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (center) (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (left) with Hamideh (center) (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (right) with Hamideh (left) (Photo: Facebook)
Bazzi (right) with Hamideh (left) (Photo: Facebook)

In a lengthy Facebook post written in March 2017, Bazzi expressed his deep admiration for Hamideh: “It is a shame to refer to Abbas as an activist. He is a revolutionary relegated to performing activism. Give me one thousand Abbas Hamidehs and I can liberate every square inch of Palestine. It is an honor to work in his shadow for the most noble cause of our time,” he said.

When Bazzi, who lives in Michigan, was asked by one of his Facebook friends if Tlaib is a going to make a good representative for anti-Israeli causes, he replied, “She will make us proud to the best of her ability. Obviously, there are constraints, considering the fact that she is a congresswoman, and her top priority is to her constituents.”

 

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Justen Charters

Justen Charters is a research analyst with the Clarion Intelligence Network.