McCarthy blocks ‘Squad’ member from holding event on ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s founding

A Squad member’s attempt to hold an event against an American ally at the U.S. Capitol was summarily blocked by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) who called out members trafficking “in anti-Semitic tropes.”

Fresh off a trip to Israel, where he became only the second House Speaker to address the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, McCarthy continued his full-throated support of the Middle Eastern nation by outmaneuvering radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Before her latest attack against Israel could even begin, the California lawmaker swept in and reserved her planned event space.

In a tweet issued Tuesday night, McCarthy wrote, “This event in the US Capitol is canceled. Instead, I will host a bipartisan discussion to honor the 75th anniversary of the US-Israel relationship.”

Included in his post was the Washington Free Beacon’s original report on Tlaib’s planned event which had been titled, “Nakba 75 & the Palestinian People.”

Nakba is the Arabic term regarding Israel’s founding meaning “catastrophe,” and details of the event planned for Wednesday evening said, “May 15th marks 75 years since the beginning of the Nakba, which means ‘catastrophe.’ Seventy-five years ago, Zionist militias and the new Israeli military violently expelled approximately three-quarters of all Palestinians from their homes and homeland in what became the state of Israel.”

“To uplift the experiences of Palestinians who underwent the Nakba, and educate Members of Congress and their staff about this history and the ongoing Nakba to which Israel continues to subject Palestinians,” the event claimed, “we’ve partnered together to host this congressional and community educational event, to be followed immediately afterward by dinner.”

Along with the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Americans for Justice in Palestine Action, and Democracy for the Arab World Now, the event was planned by Jewish Voice for Peace Action which has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a “radical anti-Israel activist group that advocates for a complete economic, cultural and academic boycott of the state of Israel” and “celebrates figures who have been convicted of engaging in terrorism.”

In addition to the event, Tlaib joined as an original cosponsor on the latest legislative action designed to hamper Israel’s ability to defend itself and its sovereignty while alleging violations of international humanitarian law. As it happened, groups participating in the Nakba event were also named supporters of the bill.

Speaking with the Free Beacon, McCarthy expressed, “It’s wrong for members of Congress to traffic in anti-Semitic tropes about Israel. As long as I’m speaker, we are going to support Israel’s right to self-determination and self-defense, unequivocally and in a bipartisan fashion.”

His recent trip to Israel followed then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-Ga.) 1998 address before the Knesset, which had marked the 50th anniversary of the Middle Eastern nation’s founding.

At the time of this posting, Tlaib had not yet issued a statement on McCarthy subverting her event and it remained unclear if an attempt to reschedule was planned.

Kevin Haggerty


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