Who are members of ‘The Squad’ and why are they bad for Israel?
Kehila News, Kehila News Israel Staff, July 30, 2019
Recently elected United States Rep. Rashida Tlaib intends to visit her extended family in August … in Palestine. Tlaib’s visit is part of a mission consisting of a few congresswomen who have carved out a new anti-Semitic and anti-Israel niche for themselves that is unprecedented in American politics.
Tlaib, whose parents are from a village near Ramallah, and her compadres had to be granted special permission to enter Israel. Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., said “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.”
Under a recently passed law, Israel can bar supporters of the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement and anti-Israel activists entry into Israel. That was actually a consideration with Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Tlaib and Omar along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have recently been dubbed “The Squad” in the American political landscape. They are all young, tight-knit congressional freshmen tied together by their progressive and left-wing politics.
But perhaps more apt was Fox commentator Laura Ingraham’s description: the four horsewomen of the apocalypse.
Even U.S. President Donald Trump stirred up some controversy when he accused the four of hating America and Israel and demanding they should apologize to both countries.
American politics has always been divided between left and right-wing viewpoints, however both Republicans and Democrats have long united on the subject of Israel. American support of Israel has had its ups and downs, but in general the United States has always been a staunch ally of the Jewish state.
These young politicians, however, are products of American universities where Palestinians activists have strong influence and support for Israel is being marginalized. Analysts are concerned that perhaps “the squad” represents a new wave of up and coming politicians with a flare for anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel.
When Tlaib was sworn in to Congress, she draped herself not in an American flag but in a Palestinian flag. She recently accused the Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of human rights violations and defended the BDS movement.