BDS for thee, but not for me.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a leading advocate of the boycott, divest, and sanction movement against Israel (BDS), reportedly used an Israeli tech company to build her campaign website.
The British pro-Israel organization Israel Advocacy Movement first pointed out that Tlaib used the Israeli tech giant Wix to build her campaign website.
In a video, the founder of the Israel Advocacy Movement, Joseph Cohen, called Tlaib the “Palestinian Queen of BDS” and said she “has a website that was built and bought from Israel.”
“While she’s telling America to boycott Israel, she’s personally benefiting from their technology,” Cohen said.
“These hollow threats of boycott are nothing but political stunts that could never be implemented,” Cohen added. “Could you imagine how many people would suffer because they were deprived of the medical breakthroughs and technological advances that come out of this small nation? It won’t bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It’s simply narcissistic self-gratifying virtue-signalling that makes the world a much more divided place.”
According to Wix’s website, Wix is a “building platform to over 110 million users in 190 countries” and was founded by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan.
Wix is included on BDS list, a website that lists Israeli companies to boycott.
The Democratic Majority for Israel — a group that works to “maintain and strengthen support for Israel among Democratic leaders” — congratulated Tlaib for breaking her boycott of the Jewish state, according to their website.
“We congratulate Congresswoman Tlaib for her decision to use the best products she can find instead of discriminating against Israel in way that increases hostility, thereby making peace between Israelis and Palestinians more difficult to achieve,” Mark Mellman, the President of the Democratic Majority for Israel said in a statement. “We need to foster economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians instead of encouraging boycotts. We hope Congresswoman Tlaib’s use of Israeli products indicates she has changed her mind on boycotting Israel.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Tlaib’s spokesperson responded to the news, calling it a “non-story.”
“The Congresswoman is focused on protecting the constitutional rights of Americans, including free speech,” Denzel McCampbell said. “She’s also committed to working on policies that will bring justice to her constituents, Americans and people in the Middle East. It’s my hope that the Democratic Majority for Israel will do the same instead of pushing a non-story in an attempt to discredit her and her work.”
In the past Tlaib has criticized others for not supporting the BDS movement. In January, Tlaib hurled an anti-Semitic slur at her congressional colleagues, accusing them of forgetting “what country they represent” for supporting a bill that would allow local, state, and federal agencies to not do business with entities that support the BDS movement, The Daily Wire reported.
Tlaib recently was photographed with a with a pro-Hezbollah activist, Abbas Hamideh, who believes Israel does not have the right to exist and called Israelis “Zionist terrorists,” The Daily Wire reported.