repetitions. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., And Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Continue to speak out against President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after deciding to ban them from visiting Israel last week, but now recent social media posts from freshmen – part of the "squad", which includes representatives Alexandria Okasio-Cortez and Ayana Presley – include a political cartoon by an artist known for his anti-Semitic imagery.
Tleib and Omar posted in their stories on Instagram a cartoon depicting Netanyahu drowning Tleib by hiding his mouth while Trump did the same with Omar, Batya Hungar-Sargon noticed on the Jewish daily.
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Hungar-Sargon stated that the cartoonist, Carlos Latuf, has a history of cartoons comparing Israel to the Nazis, including his entry in the 2006 Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which won him second place.
Latuff himself shared the cartoon on his Twitter page, and early Sunday morning posted a link to an interview he did with Forward, where he discussed controversial works of art. He defended the use of the Holocaust to criticize Israel's attitude toward the Palestinians, even acknowledging that the two were not exactly alike.
"Of course, Israel does not build gas chambers in the West Bank, but we can certainly find some similarities between the treatment of Palestinians from [Israel Defense Forces] and the Jews under Nazi rule," Latuf said.
Earlier this month The US State Department is updating its definition of "anti-Semitism" to include "Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy with that of the Nazis. "This happened after Omar introduced a resolution approving the use of boycotts, specifically referring to their previous use against Nazi Germany.
When confronted with criticism for the use of "traditional anti-Semitic motives," insisted by Latuf, "My cartoons do not focus on Jews or Judaism. My focus is Israel as a political entity [.] "He did not explain why it was necessary to use anti-Jewish tropes to criticize Israel, except to say," Israeli Jews happen to be oppressors of Palestinians. "
When pressed on the issue, he said, "No doubt about true anti-Semitism. Of course, people who abduct the Palestinian struggle will have a chance to smash Jews, such as European neo-Nazis who are demonstrating against the occupation of the Palestinian territories or the war in Iraq. . It is essential that
He denied, however, that he was an anti-Semitic anti-Semitist.
It is not clear whether Tleib or Omar were aware of Latuff's history when they shared the recent
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the planned visit to the Israeli Congress in Israel over the weekend. Initially, the Israeli government said it would be welcome, despite Israeli law prohibiting the visit of those who support the boycott of the Jewish state, which Omar and Tleib have publicly endorsed.
On Thursday, the day before they were taken, Israeli Interior Minister Ari Derry decided during his trip to prevent them from coming after all, with Netanyahu backing the decision. The prime minister explained the decision in a statement describing how the government recently received a copy of the Omar and Tleib route, which was referred to as a trip to Palestine rather than Israel, and which Netanyahu said "revealed that the sole purpose of their visit was to harm Israel and increase its incitement against it. "
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Tleib, who has a family resident in Palestinian West Bank, was told she could enter Israel if she presented a humanitarian request and promised not to encourage boycotts of Israel during her visit. She made a formal request stating that this could be her last chance to see her elderly grandmother. said he would not come after all, claiming: "The visit of grandma and under these depressing conditions it meant humiliating me, it would break my grandmother's heart. "
When talk show host Bill Maher criticized the Boycott, Liberation and Sanctions (BDS) movement that Tleib and Omar support, Tleib suggested that viewers should boycotted his HBO show.