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Tlaib, Omar Promote Anti-Semitic Cartoonist’s Work
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks on the current political climate and possible impeachment of the current President during a panel discussion led by Aimee Allison, touching the changes of the face of power in the United States after a history making number of diverse members were sworn into Congress the past elections, during a keynote discussion of the Netroots Nation progressive grassroots convention in Philadelphia, PA, on July 13, 2019.
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Anti-Semitic Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) promoted a cartoon on Saturday from a cartoonist who has openly mocked victims of the Holocaust.

The Jewish Daily Forward’s Batya Ungar-Sargon, who noticed the cartoon and who created it, wrote on Twitter: “Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought [this timeline of events] couldn’t get any worse.”

“Latuff has a history of anti-Semitic drawings accusing Israeli lobbyists of controlling U.S. foreign policy,” The Free Beacon reports. “He has also drawn criticism for invoking and minimizing the Holocaust in criticizing Israeli policies towards Palestinians. … He also defended his second place finish in the ‘International Holocaust Cartoon Contest’ saying, ‘I saw this contest as both a good chance for denouncing the suffering of the Palestinian people before the eyes of world public opinion … ‘”

Omar and Tlaib’s decision to share the cartoon sparked backlash online from users who highlighted some of the vile cartoons produced by Latuff.

The Reagan Battalion tweeted: “So @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib just shared this cartoon by Carlos Latuff who is well known for his work mocking Jewish victims of the holocaust. WILL A SINGLE DEMOCRAT SPEAK UP?”

The Reagan Battalion added: “So @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib both shared a cartoon by a cartoonist who not only took part in Iran’s holocaust denial cartoon contest, but also celebrates the death of American soldiers.”

This latest incident involving Omar, Tlaib, and their anti-Semitism comes on the heels of Israel banning them from entering the country last week after it was revealed that they were planning on meeting with groups that support terrorism against Israel, including one that has promoted screeds from neo-Nazis.

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