Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'

Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'

Marco Rubio, are a measure that would provide for a new round of sanctions targeting Syria and language that is getting the most attention because it would seek to thwart efforts to promote boycotts and disinvestment from Israel.

Maryland Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Democrats "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

Rubio responded by accusing the newly-elected congresswoman of anti-Semitism. He made a decision to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and launch a lawsuit to challenge an Arkansas law that requires contractors doing business with state-funded institutions to promise not to back such boycotts.

A public lands bill that was held over from the last Congress is expected to get a vote next week, for example ― and it has support from a number of Western Democratic senators. "Despite my strong support for Israel, I oppose this bill because it clearly violates the Constitution".

Democratic opponents Tuesday said the Senate bill amounted to trampling on the BDS movement's rights.

Another democratic socialist, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., joined Sanders, suggesting that Republicans supporting the bill have forgotten their loyalty to US citizens and are instead representing Israel's interests.

"This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality", Tlaib said in a weekend tweet.

TRT World spoke to Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, to understand why Republicans chose to introduce this bill now.

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Last year, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) lambasted the BDS movement, describing it as a "profoundly biased campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel". A Woodstock-style concert was canceled and some companies stopped offering services in the West Bank settlements. These state laws, dozens of which exist in many different forms, generally compel state contractors and any entity in which the state invests - for example, through a state-run pension, retirement, or endowment fund - to sign oaths promising not to boycott Israel as a requirement of maintaining their relationship with the state. Several states are facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel.

"I don't think it makes sense to say I am upset about the government shutdown [but then say] I don't know why we would also shut down the Senate", Rubio said.

Bernie Sanders tweeted Sunday: 'It's absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity.

Zach Gibson via Getty Images Democrats are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring up bills to reopen the government.

"Let's get that done", Nelson continued.

"States don't have the "right" to punish individuals for participating in political boycotts the government doesn't agree with, which this bill encourages them to do", the ACLU tweeted, adding, "whatever your views on BDS, we all should be able to agree that the government has no business telling us which causes we can or cannot support".

The Anti-Defamation League released a statement in response to Tlaib's tweet: 'Representative Tlaib's tweet regarding the pending bill on the Senate floor has been interpreted by some as suggesting that Jews or Members of Congress, such as the sponsors of the bill, are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, ' the organization said. According to Rubio, Democrat leaders are trying to avoid a vote on his bill because it would expose how many Democrat BDS supporters are now in the Senate. Each side is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday evening. A coalition of civil liberties and liberal Jewish groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and J Street, was working to defeat the legislation, while the influential pro-Israel AIPAC supported it.

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