Fox News attacks Rep. Rashida Tlaib for being a member of Facebook group glorifying Hamas – guilt by association

Fox News attacks Rep. Rashida Tlaib for being a member of Facebook group glorifying Hamas – guilt by association

Fox News is claiming that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), an outspoken supporter of the Palestinian people, is a member of a secret Facebook group with members who have “glamorized Hamas in its war battle with Israel.”

In the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas attack, the group, known as Palestinian American Congress – this group does not appear in a Facebook search because it is said to be private – had some members post messages and photos in support of the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli settlement.

“We don’t want to throw you in the sea … we want you to ride it back from where you came, reads one post on October 12 from a group member, referring to the Israeli settlers who took over the land now known as Israel back in 1948.

Another post on October 19 talked about the “achievements” of the “resistance in Northern occupied Palestine,” which resulted in dozens of dead Israeli soldiers. That post was shared along with a photo of a Hamas fighter.

On October 10, just three days after the Hamas attack, a member of the private Palestinian American Congress group on Facebook addressed the “American Media,” which apparently includes Fox News, directly with the following message:

“Since yesterday I have been attached to the TV watching the news. You (American media), and the people directing you, are the problem, you created it almost 100 years ago, made it official 75 years ago and you have been feeding its flam [sic] ever since.”

“You consider Hamas a terrorist organization and I am not going to argue with you at the same time you have been broadcasting that they have been killing women and children, guess that is what terrorists do at the same time no mention to the killing of Palestinian women, children and entire families killed on a daily basses (sic) by the [peace-loving] state of Israel using American gifts of weapons and jet fighters.”

The same poster added another message later on condemning the U.S., the media, and Israel for killing refugees, children, the elderly, and other residents of Gaza who are clearly not Hamas soldiers.

“Yesterday I didn’t see Hamas I saw the grand kids (sic) of the refugees that ethnically cleansed from their homeland attacking the grand kids (sic) of the colonists whom sent them to diaspora,” reads that latter post.

(Related: Almost immediately after the October 7 Hamas attack, Rep. Tlaib blamed Israeli “apartheid” for the conflict.)

Members of U.S. Congress only allowed to unconditionally support Israel

In Fox‘s apparent view, members of Congress must only support Israel at all times. And since Rep. Tlaib does not, the right-leaning media outlet is blasting her as a “Hamas supporter,” framing it as support for terrorism rather than support for resistance against the Israeli occupation.

According to Fox, Rep. Tlaib became a member of the Palestinian American Congress group on Facebook six years ago, and posted to the group during her 2018 congressional campaign. In 2019, the Daily Caller News Foundation also reported on her membership, claiming that many of the posts in the group are “antisemitic.”

In a symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives, which is primarily an Israel First crowd of political puppets for the Jewish state, censured Rep. Tlaib in a 234-188 vote. This was done to publicly rebuke her for not supporting Israel and for supporting the Palestinian people instead.

Maher Abdel-qader, founder of the Palestinian American Congress group on Facebook, has reportedly personally contributed upwards of $6,500 to Rep. Tlaib’s campaign since 2018. He also chaired her finance committee during her 2018 congressional campaign.

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