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Harvard Crimson to open borders activists: We’re not apologizing for asking ICE for comment

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When progressives lose the Harvard Crimson … The student newspaper issued a spirited defense after a dispute over a simple, basic act of journalism escalated into a boycott movement. After covering a rally by the group Act on a Dream and their demands to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month, the Crimson contacted ICE for comment on the rally.

For some reason, that “proved controversial with many of our readers.” It did? No really, it did, as Act on a Dream accused the newspaper of threatening the welfare of Harvard students … for asking ICE for a comment after the demonstration:

More than 650 people have signed onto an online petition condemning The Harvard Crimson’s coverage of a protest demanding the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The petition — started by student-led immigration advocacy group Act on a Dream earlier this month — criticizes The Crimson for requesting comment from an ICE spokesperson for its Sept. 13 article, “Harvard Affiliates Rally for Abolish ICE Movement.” The article covers a Sept. 12 protest hosted by Act on a Dream and quotes several students’ criticisms of ICE, including calls for its dissolution. The article notes that ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“In this political climate, a request for comment is virtually the same as tipping [ICE] off, regardless of how they are contacted,” the petition reads. “The Crimson, as a student-run publication, has a responsibility to prioritize the safety of the student body they are reporting on — they must reexamine and interrogate policies that place students under threat.”

Tipping them off to what, exactly? By that logic, the newspaper shouldn’t have even reported on the demonstration. Why, that might have “tipped” off ICE that it took place!

This illogical complaint would get laughed out of an average high-school logic class, but not at Hahvahd. Ten other campus groups joined the petition by Act on a Dream demanding that the Crimson stop contacting ICE and presumably every other bete noire against which they protest on campus for a normal opportunity to defend themselves in the media. The petition demands that the Crimson not only change its policies but also “apologize for “the harm they inflicted” on undocumented students, and declare a commitment to protecting undocumented students on campus.” These groups have now launched a boycott of the student newspaper to demand that they comply with their agenda.

To the credit of the Crimson and its current leadership, the newspaper published an editorial yesterday politely telling the woke brigade to go pound sand. Their mission is journalism, wrote president Kristine Guillaume and managing editor Angela Fu, and they have no interest in acting as the mere mouthpiece for thuggish groups:

At stake here, we believe, is one of the core tenets that defines America’s free and independent press: the right — and prerogative — of reporters to contact any person or organization relevant to a story to seek that entity’s comment and view of what transpired. This ensures the article is as thorough, balanced, and unbiased toward any particular viewpoint as possible. A world where news outlets categorically refuse to contact certain kinds of sources — a world where news outlets let third-party groups dictate the terms of their coverage — is a less informed, less accurate, and ultimately less democratic world.

Experts from the Student Press Law Center and the Society of Professional Journalists have affirmed that The Crimson followed ethical journalistic practices in its reporting in this case and that its request for comment did not place any person in harm’s way. The SPJ Code of Ethics states that journalists should “diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticisms or allegations of wrongdoing.”

We understand that some readers may disagree with The Crimson’s policies. But our mission is facts, truth, narrative, and understanding. In our view, consistent application of a commonly accepted set of journalistic standards is the best way to fairly report on the campus in a sensitive and thorough manner.

Unfortunately for the Crimson, at least a couple of their reporters haven’t learned their Journalism 101 lessons:

But some of the Crimson’s own staff have joined in the calls to stop contacting ICE for any story. Emily Romero, an associate editorial editor for the paper who says she is undocumented, tweeted her support of the protests and wrote that “it pains me to feel unsafe in the building I have devoted countless hours to.”

Another member of the editorial staff, Jessenia Class, wrote on Twitter that the paper’s decision to continue reaching out to the subjects of stories for comment was disappointing and “antithetical to our journalistic values of reporting with sensitivity.”

Anyone who believes that reaching out for comment from parties substantially involved in a factually reported story is “antithetical to our journalistic values” is someone without any journalistic values at all. Journalism involves reporting the facts of events and providing as much context as possible. “Reporting with sensitivity” is narrative-building, serving a cause, not journalism. As far as “feel[ing] unsafe in the building,” that’s a product of the reporter’s own status, not any action of the newspaper and certainly has nothing to do with journalistic values and practices. It speaks to a personal bias that doesn’t belong in the news section, although to be fair Romero works on the opinion pages.

One would think those students who manage to get admitted to Harvard could easily grasp the points Guillaume and Fu have made. Perhaps a new requirement for remedial logic should be added to the curriculum. In the meantime, the best way to make these groups happy is to simply stop reporting on their events at all, except to the extent that they do damage or run riot. That ought to make these activists feel “safe,” and perhaps teach them that the world doesn’t revolve around them, too.

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Sondland’s hotel chain in crossfire: Blumenauer faces ethics complaint

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An ethics complaint has been filed against Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Gordon Sondland’s involvement with Provenance Hotels, a Portland-based company, caused the congressman to call for a boycott of the hotel chain. Now the company’s president is calling the hyper-partisan move a “politically motivated campaign of intimidation.”

Sondland is the United States Ambassador to the European Union. He is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels. He was a major donor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. Sondland is in the middle of Trump’s impeachment inquiry over his text messages about an alleged quid pro quo offered by President Trump to Ukrainian President Zelensky. Rep. Blumenauer called for a boycott of the hotel chain in retaliation against Sondland heeding the instructions from State Department against testifying. Blumenauer issued a statement and also called for a boycott on Twitter.

“Anyone who cares about America should not do any business or stay at any of Gordon Sondland’s hotels. Not until he fulfills his duty as a citizen to testify and turn over all relevant documents to the House of Representatives,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “Nobody is above the law. Mr. Sondland and the entire Trump administration need to be reminded of that.”

Progressive activists took notice and complied with Blumenauer’s call for a boycott.

The ambassador’s appearance on Capitol Hill last week was blocked by the State Department at the last minute. Blumenauer was triggered and tweeted about a boycott in retaliation. Sondland agreed to testify Thursday in compliance with a congressional subpoena and Blumenauer was quick to take credit for that decision. He fights.

An ethics complaint has been filed against Blumenauer for what appears to be a blatant politically motivated action against a company and one that will harm its 1,100 employees.

The complaint filed by Provenance Hotels alleges Blumenauer has improperly used his position to threaten “economic harm” to a company and unlawfully threatened “reprisal” versus a federal official, according to a copy of the complaint posted on Twitter Saturday morning by a Provenance employee.

The company is also sharing a letter written to Provenance employees by Bashar Wali, the company’s president, calling the boycott call a “politically motivated campaign of intimidation.

“Today, we are being targeted. Who will be next? That’s why we are pursuing this Congressional ethics complaint: to call attention to these tactics, defend your jobs and protect those who may be targeted in the future,” Wali wrote.

Provenance Hotels operates six hotels in Portland, three in Washington state, two in New Orleans and one in Nashville. According to Ms. Carmichael, a spokesperson for Provenance Hotels, Sondland is one of 100+ investors in the company. He relinquished his role in running the company when he became Ambassador to the European Union.

This is what politically motivated retaliation looks like. The 1,100 jobs in the balance of ordinary working people trying to keep food on the table for their families may be collateral damage of a Trump deranged politician’s unethical actions. Boycotts are one thing, boycotts called by American politicians against American companies is unacceptable and unethical behavior.

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As Blizzard boycott spreads, World of Warcraft game designer says ‘Communist money is dictating American values’

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If you haven’t heard about any of this before now, you can read the full backstory here. The shortened version is this: Blizzard Entertainment, an American gaming company, punished a player from Hong Kong after he yelled out “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” during a post-game live stream. The player, who goes by the handle Blitzchung, was suspended for a year and had his prize money seized. Blizzard did this because, just like the NBA, it is in business with China.

But the reaction from many players has been swift and furious. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp, who is apparently a daily player of one of the company’s games, suggested a boycott yesterday. He was not alone as similar suggestions were being made in various subreddits and on social media sites like Twitter.

Tuesday evening, game designer Mark Kern who worked on World of Warcraft for Blizzard announced he was joining the boycott because China’s money was dictating “American values.” Kern says he once received an offer for a $2 million dollar bribe if he would accept an investment from a Chinese company.

In addition to Kern, at least two Senators have weighed in:

But there are lots of regular people who are mocking the company with memes like this one featuring Blizzard’s logo superimposed on the Chinese flag:

This mock game card reads, “Silence any minions who oppose you and take their prize money.”

Others are just posting screenshots showing they’ve removed Blizzard’s games from their computers:

Finally, some American University students held up a sign saying “Free Hong Kong/Boycott Blizz” at the end of a live stream yesterday. Watch the camera in the bottom left:

Given all of the polling that shows younger people increasingly support socialism, it’s refreshing to see some young people who still get that appeasement of communist China should not be tolerated. The pushback is getting a lot of coverage, including at major papers like the NY Times, but so far Blizzard has not offered a comment about any of it. Maybe they’re hoping this will blow over? I sincerely hope they’re wrong.

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Tlaib calls for boycott of Maher’s show, he calls BDS “bulls**t” purity test

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The fall-out continues from Bill Maher’s HBO show this weekend. Yesterday I wrote about an opinion he expressed during Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher – a recession would be worth it to get rid of President Trump in 2020. That idea put into a discussion with his panel of guests was deeply disturbing as it showed Maher’s willingness to wish harm to Americans to satisfy his political hopes.

What I didn’t write about was Maher’s plea to Democrats to not use the BDS movement as a purity test for candidates. He called it a “bulls**t purity test”. Supporters of the BDS movement, like Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were singled out by Maher as they are the most vocal lawmakers on the subject. Maher also criticized the media for the lack of historical reference in their reporting. He is absolutely correct when he says that supporters of Palestine act as though the Palestinean territory just woke up one day under what they call occupation for no reason at all. The history of Israel and Palestine is never explained. Nor is the fact that BDS supporters do not think that Israel has a right to exist. Maher said the left supports BDS to be woke but “actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion — it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews are, in Israel, mostly white and the Palestinians are brown. So they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

Even the Never-Trumpers on Maher’s panel agreed with Maher. Most Democrats in the House agree with Maher, too. In July the House passed a resolution opposing the BDS movement. Sixteen Democrats voted against the resolution. Those sixteen are in the minority in their party on this issue. The vote was 398-17. Tlaib and Omar voted against it.

Tlaib, citing her family’s Palestinian roots, said in opposing the bill that she couldn’t “stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government in the state of Israel.”

Perhaps neither Tlaib nor Omar knew that Israeli law prohibits those who support international calls to boycott Israel from entering the country, or maybe they did know. It really doesn’t matter. The fact is that both are provocateurs who had an agenda to push. They didn’t plan to go to learn or find common ground, they want to spread Palestinean propaganda, especially on Israeli soil. As Maher correctly asked, is it a surprise that a visit from them wasn’t welcomed once their intentions became known?

Tlaib now calls for a boycott of Maher’s show. She’s all about freedom and equality as long as it isn’t for Israel, you know. She is unable to demonstrate a desire for a sane conversation, however, and leaps to conflating Israel’s policies to that of South Africa’s. This is why she and her ilk must never be taken seriously on making policy in foreign affairs.

How’s Tlaib’s grandmother doing, you may ask? She seems to be fine but now she’s weighing in on wishing him retaliation from God.

Muftia Tlaib, the 99-year-old grandmother of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., had some strong words for President Trump after he claimed the elder Tlaib was a “winner” because her granddaughter decided not to visit her in Israel.

“Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming,” Reuters reported her saying. “May God ruin him.” The nonagenarian was reportedly hopeful that Rep. Tlaib would come despite the Michigan congresswoman’s claim that doing so — on the condition that she wouldn’t promote boycotts of Israel — would humiliate her.

Trump tweeted that grandma came out the winner when Tlaib exposed her intention of using grandma as a pawn in her plan to stir up trouble on her visit to Israel.

And on it goes. I don’t think Maher’s ratings will move one way or the other over all this.

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Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother to Trash Israel

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Just in case anyone was still under the impression that the trip to Israel planned by Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib was anything but a political stunt, let me relieve you of that notion.

To recap, Israel announced yesterday that they would be taking a pass on letting Omar and Tlaib prance around the country pushing boycotts and trashing the Jewish state. Seems reasonable to me.

Keep in mind, both Congressional members had the chance to go to Israel with the other 70 members of Congress that just got back. They refused because we all know what their real goal was. Their itinerary included meeting with numerous groups with terrorism ties and planning a dangerous visit to the Temple Mount with Palestinian authority members.

The entire trip was clearly just a propaganda tour to tout the anti-Semitic BDS movement and deny Israel’s right to exist. In fact, just to make that last point clear, they refused to even label their trip as being to Israel, instead asserting they were going to “Palestine,” which does not exist.

Despite the bad faith shown by Omar and Tlaib, Israel did offer to grant the latter a humanitarian waiver to go visit her grandmother in the West Bank.

Initially, Tlaib wrote a letter requesting to enter and promised not to promote BDS while in the country. Her grandmother is 90 and isn’t likely to be around much longer.

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That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

This is ego and politics over family to such a degree that it’s pretty stunning to witness.

The Israelis are rightfully pointing to this as proof they made the right decision yesterday. Rashida Tlaib’s hatred of Israel is so ingrained and pervasive that she’s shunning her own grandmother over it.

You want to know the real reason Tlaib wrote that letter? Because she wanted Israel to say no. That would have allowed her to claim them as being so cruel they wouldn’t even let her visit her dying grandmother. When Israel said yes, that left her scrambling and this was the best she could come up with.

As I wrote yesterday, Israel 100% made the right choice to not let Omar and Tlaib into the country. This latest move by Tlaib only reinforces that. These are not genuine actors. They are propagandists for the Palestinian Authority, a terror regime, and they deserve absolutely no platform to spread their hatred. Israel had no obligation to give them one.

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EU Preparing to Put Warning Labels on Jewish Products

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The European Union is preparing to add warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel. Not content with generations of antisemitism before and after the Holocaust, Europe’s ruling class apparently thinks it’s a good idea to push what is the equivalent of an in kind contribution to the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement.

Per The Washington Free Beacon.

The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a “Pandora’s box” of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from “settlements” and “Israeli colonies.”

This kind of ridiculous language ignores everything we know about the rules of war and about the standards every other country on earth is held too. It’s not an illegal “settlement” or “colony” when you beat off almost a dozen Arab countries that were trying to eradicate you in a hot war. But because antisemitism is so pervasive, Israel gets held to a completely different standard and is expected to hand every piece of land they rightfully won back over to terrorist groups that want to destroy them. It’s mind-numbing.

Even dumber is that the same EU Advocate General who made this decision also decided that products from the same area must be labeled as coming from “Palestine,” which does not exist. This is pure politics and simply a hand out to anti-Semites pushing BDS.

“The Advocate General’s opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from ‘Palestine,’ and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from ‘Israeli colonies,’ Goldstein said. “Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently.”

Keep in mind that such labels dictating products are from settlements and colonies is not required of any other nation on earth. This is why BDS is inherently anti-Semitic. It seeks to apply barriers to the only Jewish state on the planet while applying no such barriers to far worse actors. The same groups demanding Israel be boycotted are often against sanctions countries like Iran or Venezuela. This is the position Rep. Ilhan Omar holds, for example.

Europe is getting more and more militant against Jews. There’s been a sharp rise in violent antisemitism as massive migration from the Middle East has overwhelmed many countries. But to blame it strictly on that would not tell the whole story. Carrying just as much blame are the governments of many Western European countries that have long histories of antisemitism. France is actually who started this entire ordeal by first mandating Israeli businesses label their products with clearly political messages. That led to the lawsuit which the EU is now ruling on.

All of this is a call back to boycotts of Jewish businesses before the Holocaust in which Jews were mandated to post signs announcing who they were so anti-Semites could avoid them. It is simply astonishing that such tactics are on the verge of becoming law in Europe again. None of this appears to be getting better and it underscores, now more than ever, exactly why Israel is necessary as a safe haven for the Jewish people.

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Michigan’s #1 Breakfast Chain Gets Targeted by Trump Haters, and Taste Buds & Sound Living Suffer – Just Ask Brad Pitt

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A Michigan restaurant chain is currently under threat of boycott by hundreds on Facebook and Reddit.

The reason? According to its Federal Election Committee filing, in the words of Chris Isaak, “Baby did a bad bad thing”: It made contributions to President Trump.

NOOOOoooooooo!!

From local Fox 17:

[H]undreds of Facebook and Reddit users are posting they will no longer be eating at Anna’s House after seeing a Federal Election Commission filing detailing its political contributions.

The 8-location Anna’s was “voted #1 Best Breakfast in Michigan.” But in April, it coughed up $15,000 to joint fundraising committee Trump Victory.

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This whole hubbub began when 30-year-old Facebooker Doug Chu shared a screenshot of Anna’s FEC documentation.

“[I]t was shared on Wednesday and shared it to his personal Facebook page. It’s since been shared hundreds of times, mostly by people upset to learn about the restaurant chain’s support of the President.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Mr. Chu’s all about his religious responsibility:

“My political beliefs, at their core, come from being a Christian. More specifically, from studying the Bible and and paying attention to the kind of society God wants people to live in, as well as from working to apprentice myself to Jesus’ teachings on how to treat other people.”

But eaterie owner Josh Beckett isn’t ashamed of what he did. He released a statement to that effect:

“I am proud to live in a country where we are free to have different opinions and to support a candidate of our choice. At Anna’s House, we employ and serve people of all backgrounds and beliefs, without judgement. Our goal is to treat everyone like family – and in families, there are often differences of opinion. Embracing these differences and respecting each other despite them is what makes our country great. If you are looking for an open, supportive, and accepting place to enjoy a great meal and conversation, Anna’s House is here for you.”

That reminds me of what Brad Pitt’s brother, Doug, said about his conservative Christian family, in contrast with the agnostic liberal actor:

“You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different? There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you. The bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.”

What a beautiful thing. Doug is exactly right. That’s the way family should be, including the American family.

But some aren’t for it.

Kent County Republican Party Chair Joel Freeman told Fox 17 what he thinks about that, as it relates to orange juice and waffles:

“Treating people with different political viewpoints as enemies to be eliminated is toxic and counterproductive. Anna’s House is a popular locally-owned business that has found success serving delicious breakfasts that everyone can enjoy. It’s too bad that some would prefer division and strife over breaking bread, but that just means there’s more waffles for the rest of us.”

Of course, participating in boycotts is one’s right as a citizen. But in my view, if you’re refusing to get a pancake simply because you’ve heard that a company quietly and respectfully made a donation to a presidential campaign, you’re giving up palatable ecstasy for a wrong cause.

Eat the pancake — it’s delicious.

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Tapper to Rashida Tlaib: Why do you only want to boycott Israel and not, say, Egypt or Pakistan or Saudi Arabia?

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I would happily boycott Egypt or Saudi Arabia for human rights violations, Tlaib insists, responding to Tapper’s question.

Okay, he says. Then why don’t you?

I would do it if those boycott movements existed, she replies, or if there was a resolution on the House floor to that effect.

You can anticipate the reply to that: Why don’t those boycott movements exist? She’s begging the question Tapper is asking here.

And she’s a farking congresswoman. She could introduce a resolution about Egypt herself. Certainly she could use the enormous public megaphone that the Squad (and the president) have given her to broaden public awareness of human rights violations across the Middle East. So, again, to paraphrase Tapper, why doesn’t she?

The most charitable read on her comments is that Rashida Tlaib, social justice warrior, simply will not lift a finger to pressure a foreign regime unless someone else does so first. She’ll join the parade once it’s started, but don’t bug her to get it going. Just let her know where to show up after it’s begun.

The less charitable read is that, as the quote in the clip from Chuck Schumer suggests, the BDS movement and its progressive adherents have a special animus towards Israel that isn’t similarly inflamed by Islamic fascist regimes. Supply your own theory as to why.

Enjoy her displays of civic and geopolitical derring-do while you can, by the way, because Josh Kraushaar’s right that she’s probably not long for Congress:

The same identity-centered politics that generates so much attention for Tlaib and her three like-minded colleagues (Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley) is what’s jeopardizing her standing back home in her Detroit-area district. Tlaib struggled to win significant African-American support in her narrow primary win last year, and she faces the threat of a one-on-one matchup against established Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in next year’s election.

Unlike Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley, who capitalized on the diversification of their districts to defeat white incumbents, Tlaib underperformed with the nonwhite voters in her district last year. She benefited from numerous African-American candidates splitting up the black vote, allowing her to win with just 31 percent of the vote, a narrow 900-vote plurality. (With fewer candidates on the ballot, Jones defeated Tlaib narrowly in a concurrent primary election to serve out the last eight weeks of the term after Rep. John Conyers’s resignation.)

How’d Tlaib pull off her win? White progressives, of course. She’s the sort of person who runs around calling for a $20 minimum wage (while offering her own interns $15) and insisting that the left’s bete noire, Israel, be isolated internationally. Ideologues handed her her term in the House, and Tlaib must be keenly aware that her only chance at a second term depends on them turning out en masse for her in next year’s primary against Jones (who’ll doubtless have establishment Dem support in hopes that she can rid Pelosi of her Tlaib headache). That is, if nothing else, it’s in Tlaib’s political self-interest to single out Israel for special opprobrium. It’s the sort of policy trash her base wants.

She did at least acknowledge Israel’s right to exist here, albeit quickly noting that it exists to the detriment of Palestinians. Doesn’t sound too two-state-y.

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AOC on House BDS resolution: If we punish nonviolent forms of protest, it might force people into violence

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Why, my dear congresswoman, is that a threat?

Of course it’s not a threat, AOC would say. She says right there in the quote below that she hates violence, doesn’t she? Right, but in practice it amounts to “Let me get my way or don’t be surprised if people end up hurt.” If we discourage boycotts of Israel, even with nothing stronger than a frowny-face resolution in the House, then we shouldn’t act shocked later when people start, say, vandalizing Israel-linked businesses to express their frustration instead.

Which was already happening in Rashida Tlaib’s backyard, by the way, even before yesterday’s resolution passed.

The point is to preemptively shift blame away from the violent actor and onto his nonviolent critics:

Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that BDS is “a tough issue, especially for constituencies back home,” but told BuzzFeed News that “ultimately it comes down to protecting free speech. And my concern with being overly punitive on nonviolent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving that kind of path.”

But Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn’t disappointed by how few Democrats voted with her, saying, “I don’t think so. … I saw how those votes were going.”

What’s she saying here about BDS supporters, wonders Noah Pollak?

The resolution condemning BDS ended up passing 398-17, with Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar — but not Ayanna Pressley, the fourth member of the Squad, interestingly — voting no. I reiterate a point made in yesterday’s post: The resolution wasn’t “punitive” towards free speech in any way, not “overly” and not minimally. It suggested no sanction for BDS supporters. It was the legislative equivalent of a thumbs-down emoji. If merely indicating disapproval of BDS is enough to force adherents into “other channels” then we have a major problem.

But that’s of a piece with AOC’s view of criticism generally. Remember, her response to Pelosi’s jabs at the Squad was to wonder if she had a problem with women of color and to note that the four members were receiving death threats. Criticism of Ocasio-Cortez and her causes is perpetually deemed illegitimate at best and dangerous incitement at worst, even when it’s coming from Democratic leaders. Go figure that she’d view a toothless House resolution as potential justification for a terrorist backlash.

This “don’t criticize me or else” logic wouldn’t fly for her in other contexts, needless to say. If a Trump fan threw a rock through her campaign-office window, she’d be irate if the White House spun it as a regrettable but understandable burst of frustration over the recent House resolution condemning Trump’s “go back where you came from” tweets about the Squad. “If the president can’t express his opposition to their views through nonviolent means without formal disapproval from Congress,” the WH press office might say, “then we can’t be surprised when his fans decide that violent opposition is the only alternative.” That response would itself be condemned, correctly, as de facto incitement, possibly even drawing a second rebuke from the House. But here’s AOC embracing the same thought process for the BDS movement. No one will bat an eye, because who cares what one of the most influential politicians in America says about something like this? She’s not the president, right?

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Rashida Tlaib compares anti-Israel boycott movement with boycotts of Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa

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Via the Free Beacon, this is why Pelosi agreed to let the BDS resolution come to the floor in the first place, right? Normally Speakers don’t greenlight legislation, especially meaningless legislation like “sense of the House” resolutions, when they’re apt to cause tensions within their own caucus about sensitive political subjects.

But I think Ringo here and the other three members of the Squad left her no choice. Trump has already attacked them repeatedly for being anti-Israel, a deliberate attempt to make them the face of the Democratic Party on that and other issues. Pelosi is desperate for ways to counter that message. Solution: Give centrist Dems an opportunity to show their support for Israel by voting for a resolution condemning BDS. And hope that not too many progressives go the other way, creating unhappy headlines.

So it was thoughtful of Rashida Tlaib to hand this soundbite to Trump’s presidential campaign knowing that today’s big vote is destined to not go his way. Also, say what you want about her but she’s very much in sync with her district. The latest news out of Dearborn:

A franchisee has delayed the scheduled opening of his Burgerim restaurant in Dearborn amid backlash from the Arab-American community over the popular burger company’s Israeli roots.

Sam Zahr, a Lebanese-American who lives in Dearborn, said he was too worried to open the restaurant on Greenfield Road after his kids were bullied and he received threatening messages from those opposed to the burger chain founded in Israel

“I told you, you are not like us,” someone wrote in a Facebook message to Zahr. “You have Palestinian and Lebanese blood on your hand if you open up that joint.”

In another incident, he set up a tent with free burgers outside the soon-to-open Royal Oak store for Ramadan, a Muslim holiday in April, but he said the tent was destroyed the next morning.

Zahr has opened Burgerim franchises in other cities in Michigan. Only in Dearborn has he encountered a problem. And before you ask, no, of course Tlaib won’t be pressed on whether her repulsive Nazi analogies are contributing to a “climate of hate” that’s made it unsafe for Jews and Israel-linked business to operate in her backyard. “Climate of hate” hand-wringing runs one way only.

I encourage you to read the text of the House resolution, just to see for yourself how toothless it is relative to Tlaib’s absurd alarmism in the clip. “Our right to free speech is being threatened with this resolution,” she warns. “It sets a dangerous precedent because it attempts to delegitimize a certain people’s political speech and to send a message that our government can and will take action against speech it doesn’t like.” It does no such thing, as Philip Klein recently noted. The strongest “action” it takes is to declare that the House “opposes the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) targeting Israel, including efforts to target United States companies that are engaged in commercial activities that are legal under United States law, and all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel.” There’s no penalty for supporting BDS. Again, the whole reason they’re voting on this in the first place is that the anti-Israel cranks in Pelosi’s caucus can’t and won’t be silenced, leaving pro-Israel Dems with no choice but to try to drown them out. But the Squad’s brand of populist progressivism (maybe any populism, really?) requires an endless cycle of victimization and defiance to propel itself, so Tlaib has to trump up a phony grievance that her right to free speech is being threatened because the House happens to think that her politics on this issue are demagogic Jew-baiting garbage.

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