On Tuesday, August 4, Michigan will decide which Democrat candidate they will send from the 13th congressional district to send on to the general election in November.
According to the Cook Political Report Partisan Voting Index, Michigan’s 13th congressional district is the most Democratic district in the state. Current incumbent Congresswoman Democrat Rashida Tlaib is facing a primary challenge from Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.
Jones held the congressional seat briefly in 2018 to fill a vacancy created after former Congressman John Conyers resigned due to accusations of sexual harassment.
Both candidates have problematic antisemitic histories.
From her first day in Congress, Rep. Tlaib made antisemitic waves (see a summary of those below).
However, Jones has her own history, which includes support of and association with the antisemitic hate preacher and leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “satanic” and claims they “control everything and mostly everybody.”
In a recent 4th of July speech, Farrakhan claimed, “Those of you that say that you’re Jews, I will not even give you the honor of calling you a Jew. You are not a Jew … you are Satan, and it is my job now to pull the cover off of Satan so that every Muslim — when he sees Satan — picks up a stone, as we do in Mecca.”
“When you know who Satan is, you don’t have to kill him [but] the stone of truth, that’s what you throw. We cast truth at falsehood till we knock out its brains,” Farrakhan continued.
Jones’ association with and support of Farrakhan is not incidental:
- In 2013, she attended a Farrakhan speech where he shared his opinion on “Satanic Jews”
- In 2014, at the NOI’s annual Saviours’ Day convention, she raved over Farrakhan’s “awesome words.”
- In 2018, Jones shared the stage with Farrakhan at the NOI’s Saviours’ Day conventions
- In 2020, when the NOI convention was in Detroit, Jones issued a statement saying, “I am so excited to welcome The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam back home”
Tlaib has an equally problematic history. She is an avid supporter of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, seeking to destroy the State of Israel. In addition:
- Following her swearing-in ceremony, Tlaib hosted a private dinner for close friends and family. One of her guests was Abbas Hamideh, an antisemite and supporter of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah
- Tlaib shared cartoons by Carlos Latuff who is well known for his work mocking Jewish victims of the Holocaust. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest
- Tlaib helped organize a trip to Israel and Palestinian controlled territories with the group Miftah, which published a blood libel accusing Jews of using the blood of Christians to make matzos and republished an article claiming Jews control the news media
- Just recently, Tlaib expressed her support for a Palestinian terrorist who was killed after he carried out a car ramming of an Israeli soldier that sent the soldier to the hospital.
Tlaib currently enjoys a large lead over Jones in the polls, but no matter who wins, the Jewish community will lose.