In a tweet published on Tuesday, Maher took aim at Tlaib for her calls to boycott his show, asking if the Michigan Democrat wanted to “boycott 93 percent of her own party” after claiming that number voted to “condemn” the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away,” wrote the comedian. “But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the [BDS] movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party?”
The actual count from the House vote to condemn the movement in July was 398 to 17.
Maher also included a clip from his show “Real Time” where he blasted the BDS movement as a “bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”
Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away. But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party? pic.twitter.com/0QrPQmwwiw
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 21, 2019
Maher went on to say in his clip that he believed that the calls to support the BDS movement were “predicated” on the idea that Palestinians “are browner” than Israeli Jews and are therefore “innocent and correct” over the Jewish people.
“It’s predicated on this notion — I think it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied.”
Tlaib responded to Maher’s comments by comparing it to how people “tried to discredit [and] stop the boycott” against apartheid in South Africa.
Maybe folks should boycott his show.
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
“I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom,” she wrote. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit [and] stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in [South] Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now.”