Congress

South Florida official claims Rashida Tlaib might ‘blow up’ Capitol Hill

Democratic congresswoman has become lightning rod for conservative media and pro-Israel groups

Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., right, and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., leave a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol on January 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A local official in South Florida accused Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of being an anti-Semite who could try to "become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.

Annabelle Lima-Taub, a Hallandale Beach commissioner in Broward County, Florida, signed an online petition calling for Tlaib’s removal from office and posted it to her Facebook page.

“Proudly signed,” Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, wrote. “A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which first reported the story, could not reach Lima-Taub via two cell phone calls Monday. The Facebook post, which was originally posted last Tuesday, was removed sometime Monday, when the Sun-Sentinel made inquiries about it, the paper reported.

Lima-Taub’s fellow commissioners condemned her posting, but didn’t call for an official apology.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018, has become a lightning rod in conservative media and pro-Israel circles after she promised constituents after her swearing-in earlier this month that she would help Democrats “impeach the motherf---er,” referring to President Donald Trump.

Multiple conservatives outlets, including the Washington Times, the Washington Free Beacon, and The Daily Caller, reported that Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh posted photos of himself with the congresswoman at her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit and at a private dinner afterward.

In the past, Hamideh has celebrated Hezbollah leaders, including convicted terrorist Samir Kuntar, whom he called a “legendary Hezbollah martyr.”

Hamideh often asserts on social media that Israel has no right to exist.

At Tlaib’s Washington, D.C., office after her swearing in on Jan. 3, a Palestinian-American comedian stuck a post-it note with “Palestine” over the Middle East on a large map in the congresswoman’s new office, BuzzFeed News reported. That incident prompted several outlets that Tlaib wanted to “wipe Israel off the map.”

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