A close friend of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib hosted an anti-Semitic hate rally in Washington, D.C. opposite the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Abbas Hamideh, Tlaib’s pal and the organizer of the event, is one of the founders of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, an anti-Israel group that regularly vilifies Israel and opposes its right to exist. Al-Awda was the host of Sunday’s anti-Semitic hate rally.
Following her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit, Congresswoman Tlaib hosted a private dinner for close friends and family. Hamideh was one of her guests.
I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine #TweetYourThobe #RashidaTlaib pic.twitter.com/caJPN12ODX
— Abbas Hamideh (@Resistance48) January 12, 2019
At the rally, Hamideh took the microphone, chanting (in Arabic) that the entire region was ethnically Arab. Chanters also called for a violent intifada (uprising) to take over Israel, as well as “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” (code language for destroying Israel in its entirety).
Rally co-organizer Rami Ibrahim spent his time on the bullhorn justifying his support for violence. Ibrahim is a proud Hamas sympathizer with numerous social media posts supporting this terror organization.
Hamas is an openly anti-Semitic, genocidal organization whose stated goals are to kill Jews and establish an Islamic caliphate. Ibrahim is also a conspiracy theorist who believes that ISIS is a Jewish/Mossad plot.
Protesters first gathered in front of the White House and later marched to the DC Convention Center, where the AIPAC conference was being held.
Several speakers who took the microphone spent their time defining Judaism in an effort to justify why their anti-Semitism was not really anti-Semitism.
Eric Resnick of Jewish Voice for Peace Cleveland, who was carrying a sign, “Real Jews are not Zionist,” spoke to the crowd:
“Zionists are liars. AIPAC is a terrorist organization. AIPAC commits war crimes … AIPAC has been meddling in US elections since the 1950s.”
Resnick then accused the “Israel lobby” of buying the White House and Congress. He concluded by saying, “Zionists aren’t real Jews!”
Members of the minuscule fringe anti-Zionist Jewish orthodox group, Neturei Karta, carried signs, passed out flyers and gave speeches claiming they are the only “authentic” voices of religious Judaism.
Another speaker, Richard Siegel of New Jersey, spent his time justifying his actions by protesting DC’s Holocaust Museum. Siegel spent a lot of time trying to convince rally participants that the Holocaust really did happen before claiming, “Holocaust education basically serves Zionism.”
Similar protests have gone on every year opposite the AIPAC conference, but the one silver lining was the fact that this year’s rally was noticeably smaller than in previous years.
Absent this year was former Al-Awda organizer and current Bernie Sanders surrogate, Amer Zahr. Zahr is usually a regular feature at this protest. Also absent this year were past co-organizers from the Party for Socialism & Liberation and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition.
Perhaps Democrat candidate for president Bernie Sanders, himself a socialist, told his supporters to lay low this year.
Still, there was no lack of bigoted rhetoric, even without the normal participants.
At one point, one participant went a little too far for some of the others, shouting, “The Holocaust will come back to you. You’re going to get burned if you don’t give us the land! Hitler will come back! Burn! All of you!”
“The Holocaust will come back to you,” one yelled at AIPAC attendees. “You’re going to get burned if you don’t give us the land!”
“Hitler will come back! Burned, all of you!”
Others tried to cool him down and keep him away from the frontlines a bit during this. pic.twitter.com/gpQIkFNJ0x
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) March 1, 2020
To dismiss the fallout from this participant and his sentiments, other protests tried to drown him out with the usual chants, “Free, Free Palestine.”
Still others, including rally organizer Hamideh, explained away his presence at the event by quickly jumping on the conspiracy theory bandwagon, claiming the individual was a “professional provocateur” paid for by the Zionists.
Scratch that theory. The individual in question was seen exchanging friendly banter and embracing event co-organizer Ibrahim (see video below). Besides, AIPAC doesn’t need to pay someone to make this rally and its participants look bad. They do that all on their own, for free.