Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) both reportedly shared an antisemitic cartoon by an artist who participated in Iran’s Holocaust denial contest on their respective Instagram accounts. It really fits a pattern with these extremist fringe democrats.
The drawing by Carlos Latuff, who in 2006 came in second in an Iranian “International Holocaust Cartoon Contest,” depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump with their hands over Tlaib and Omar’s mouths. Tlaib posted it with the caption, “The more they try to silence us, our voices rise. The more they try to weaken us, the stronger we become. The more they try to discredit us, the truth prevails.”
The Jewish Daily Forward’s Batya Ungar-Sargon, who noticed the cartoon and who created it, wrote on Twitter: “Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought [this timeline of events] couldn’t get any worse.”
Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran's International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought the TL couldn't get any worse. pic.twitter.com/uwyBPAsz7T
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) August 18, 2019
Latuff has a history of creating anti-Semitic cartoons and using the Holocaust to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. In 2006 he entered one of such cartoons into the Iran Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which earned him second place. The post comes days after Omar and Tlaibwere denied entrance into Israel due to their support for an international boycott of the Jewish state. Tlaib was granted a humanitarian visa to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, but turned it down, claiming that Israel was trying to silence her.
The Reagan Battalion tweeted: “So @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib just shared this cartoon by Carlos Latuff who is well known for his work mocking Jewish victims of the holocaust. WILL A SINGLE DEMOCRAT SPEAK UP?”
WILL A SINGLE DEMOCRAT SPEAK UP? pic.twitter.com/PlhOBGCN2U
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) August 18, 2019
Earlier in August, the State Department updated its definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ to include ‘Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.’
In 2008, Latuff defended his anti-Semitic cartoons, and he reposted a link to the interview on Sunday morning.
When discussing his controversial artwork, Latuff defended his use of the Holocaust to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
‘Of course Israel isn’t building gas chambers in the West Bank, but surely we can find some similarities between the treatment given to Palestinians by the [Israel Defense Forces] and the Jews under Nazi rule,’ Latuff said.
Tlaib and Omar – part of ‘the squad’ that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley – are the first two Muslim ever women elected to Congress.
Netanyahu said the lawmakers’ visit was designed to ‘hurt’ Israel, citing their support of a boycott Israel movement that wants the country to abandon the occupied territories.
The two representatives support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, which aims to end international support for Israel because of its policies toward Palestinians and its continued construction on the West Bank.
‘Their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,’ Natanyahu said of Tlaib and Omar’s intentions in wanting to visit Palestinian territories in Israel.
Under Israeli law, backers of the movement BDS movement can be denied entry into the country.
‘Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!’ Trump tweeted after Netanyahu made his decision.