Freshman Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., drew consideration when she mentioned she would place an Israeli flag outdoors her workplace as a result of she disagrees with neighbor Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the primary Palestinian-American lady elected to Congress.
“Rep. Tlaib, who has an office right next to mine in DC, has some strong opinions about Israel that [100%] I disagree with, so I’ve made a pledge to plant Israel’s flag outside my door right next to the American flag. I think it’ll be very helpful as she walks past both every day,” Cammack wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Cammack confronted some criticism for her tweet.
“Oooh, good one! Maybe next you can look into planting Apartheid-era South African flags near your Black colleagues’ offices. Or maybe just some Jim Crow-era signage at the water coolers?” Palestinian-American political scientist Omar Baddar wrote on Twitter.
“My apologies, Congresswoman. I mistook you for a Floridian and was unaware that Israel was represented in the Congress,” Baylor University YAF Chairman Zachary Miller wrote on Twitter.
Not all the response was unfavourable, nonetheless.
“Thank you for your support to #Israel Congresswoman Kat Cammack!” the Israeli consulate in Miami posted on its official Twitter account.
A spokesman for Tlaib referred to as Cammack’s motion a publicity stunt.
“Congressional members were elected to take on pressing issues impacting their constituents, not publicity stunts. Rep. Tlaib is focused on solving issues and showing up for her constituents. One can only hope that Rep. Cammack will do the same,” Tlaib’s spokesman informed The Times of Israel.
Tlaib has confronted criticism for her feedback about Jews in addition to her assist for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion in opposition to Israel.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Tlaib was criticized by House Republicans final 12 months after describing the “calm feeling” she skilled when interested by the Holocaust. However, the congresswoman mentioned her critics have been policing and “twisting” her phrases and defended the comments she made.
The Michigan congresswoman additionally made headlines when she sought a humanitarian go to to her grandmother after the Israeli authorities rejected her and Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, D-Minn., request to enter the Jewish state. Citing their itinerary, Israel claimed that their go to was supposed to advertise boycotts in opposition to the nation.
Fox News‘ inquiry to Tlaib’s workplace was not instantly returned.
Fox News‘ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.