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Reprint. Dem congressman chides progressives for provoking anti-Semitism by calling Israel ‘apartheid state. Feels good to see someone from the left bitch slap their own.
A Democratic congressman called out his progressive colleagues for provoking anti-Semitism by referring to Israel as “a terrorist or apartheid state.”
During a CNN interview on Monday, Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., was asked if he had conversed with any of his fellow progressive lawmakers regarding his previous tweet, which called out their “silence” on condemning anti-Semitic attacks
Phillips, who is Jewish, said he’s “never had to stand up in this way” throughout his life and that “these are the times” his grandparents and great-grandparents cautioned him about growing up.
The Minnesota Democrat said that there was a “problem on the right” regarding anti-Semitism while referencing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., before noting that America was now “seeing attacks from the left.”
“And just as the former president called COVID the ‘China flu’ — which wrote the tax on Asian-Americans — calling Israel a terrorist state or an apartheid state, to me, is doing the same thing to the Jewish community, which has been persecuted for so many generations,” Phillips said.
The Democratic congressman said it was “time to stand up” and called on his progressive colleagues “to recognize what is at stake here.”
The two-term congressman called out his progressive colleagues on social media for not showing the same amount of “vigor” in pushing back against anti-Semitic attacks as they do other “areas of activism.” The tweet, posted last week, was seen as a thinly-veiled shot at the “Squad,” – the small group of progressive House members who have a history of making anti-Israel comments.
This from MSNBC