The four far-left congresswomen that belong to “The Squad” split on Tuesday in a House resolution vote on opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The anti-BDS resolution passed overwhelmingly in a 398-17 vote with five lawmakers voting “present” and 12 lawmakers not voting.
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — both of whom are well-documented anti-Semites — predictably voted against the resolution.
What has largely been ignored by the media is how Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) voted.
Ocasio-Cortez sided with her anti-Semitic colleagues and voted against the resolution while Pressley broke from “the Squad” and voted for the resolution.
Multiple news organizations — including CNN, The Washington Post (AP Wire), The Hill, and Politico — did not report that Ocasio-Cortez sided with the anti-Semites or that Pressley broke away from her far-left Justice Democrats.
Omar proposed a resolution last week “supporting the right to boycott Israel, likening the boycott of the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union,” Fox News reported. “Omar’s resolution seeks to push back against U.S. laws banning the boycott of Israel and affirms the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries if they so wish.”
Tlaib compared the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycotting Nazi Germany on Tuesday during a speech from the House floor, the Free Beacon reported.
“The right to boycott is deeply rooted in the fabric of our country,” Tlaib said. “What was the Boston Tea Party but a boycott? Where would we be now without the boycott led by the civil rights activists in the 1950s and 60s like the Montgomery bus boycott and the United Farm Workers Grape boycott?”
“Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment, and genocide of Jewish people,” Tlaib continued. “In the 1980s, many of us in this very body boycotted South African goods in the fight against apartheid. Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution. It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people’s political speech and to send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn’t like.”
This report has been updated to include additional information.