Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind had some strong words for members of his own party regarding their response to anti-Semitism.
On Monday, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had been stripped of his committee assignments because of his remarks claiming he didn’t know why “white supremacist” was offensive.
As IJR previously reported, McCarthy made it clear that he would not allow King’s words to go unanswered.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 13, 2019
“That language has no place in America,” McCarthy said. “That is not the America I know, and it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.”
Many Democrats applauded McCarthy’s swift decision to address King’s remarks, but Hikind claimed that Democrats have their own issues that have gone unanswered.
He pointed to newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and comments against legislation that prevents a boycott, divestment, or sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel. Tlaib claimed that those opposed to BDS have dual loyalties to Isreal and are not doing what is best for the United States, saying that “they forgot what country they represent.”
The claim that supporters of Israel have “dual loyalties” has a long history of being used by anti-Semites to justify their hatred.
Tlaib’s comments offended many Jewish leaders, including Hikind. He did not pull punches in his condemnation of them.
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At what point will @TheDemocrats raise their voices in condemnation against the vile haters in their ranks? First the “dual loyalty” trope and now cozying up to a Hezbollah/Hamas supporter? @RashidaTlaib should be ostracized just as Rep. King was by the GOP! pic.twitter.com/OzcazCFdI8
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) January 16, 2019
“One of her first acts as a member of Congress is to accuse the Jewish people of dual loyalty here in America — something that the enemies of the Jewish people going back to Nazi Germany and all over the world have used against the Jewish people.”
Hikind also noted that Tlaib celebrated her swearing-in with Abbas Hamideh. Hamideh has been accused by many of being a pro-Hezbollah activist. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization in Lebanon that has a long history of conflict with Israel.
I love this. It truly represents America’s best interest. The symbol of freedom, and justice in the halls of Congress❤️ pic.twitter.com/GTvLSF7k5P
— Abbas Hamideh (@Resistance48) January 14, 2019
Hikind detailed tweets posted by Hamideh that endorse several anti-Israeli leaders and actions taken by Hezbollah. He explained his frustration with top Democrats for refusing to condemn Tlaib in the way that Republicans responded to King:
“Who is speaking out? Who is standing up? Is it Nancy Pelosi? Does she have the guts? Does she have the courage to stand up regardless of any kind of politics? Is it maybe Schumer […] the minority leader of the United States Senate. Or is it only when it’s a Republican that Democrats speak out? Or is it only when it’s President Trump that the Democratic Party is united to condemn any kind of racism or hatred? What about within the Democratic Party?”
Beyond befriending pro-Hezbollah activists, Tlaib made headlines when she was filmed saying she wants to “impeach that motherf**ker” in reference to President Donald Trump.