Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) was recently pictured with members of the Palestine Youth Movement (PYM), a controversial campus group that has explicitly endorsed terrorism.
The Washington Free Beacon was the first to uncover the photo of Tlaib and members of PYM, who were pictured together at the Arab Texas Festival of Dallas.
“Yesterday, we tabled at the Arab Texas Festival of Dallas. While doing community outreach, Palestinian Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib stopped by our table. Thank you for continuing to stand by your bold stances on Palestine despite unrelenting Zionist backlash,” PYM wrote on Twitter.
Yesterday, we tabled at the Arab Texas Festival of Dallas! While doing community outreach, Palestinian congresswoman @RashidaTlaib stopped by our table. Thank you Rashida for continuing to stand by your bold stances on Palestine despite unrelenting Zionist backlash! pic.twitter.com/Be5FPkoEMI
— PYM-USA (@PYM_USA) September 1, 2019
According to The Free Beacon, PYM has “encouraged violence against Israel, justified the use of terrorism against the Jewish state, and has called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.”
The Hill noted that PYM sponsors a “Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship,” named after a Palestinian writer who led a designated terrorist organization. In promoting the scholarship, PYM expressed support for violent “resistance … whether by pen or gun.”
On Facebook, PYM has “memorialized so-called Palestinian martyrs, or those killed or imprisoned while carrying out terrorist attacks on Israel,” according to The Free Beacon.
The Jewish Press published an article in January 2019 exposing the group’s ties to terror groups. In that article, The Jewish Press reports that PYM has hosted conferences that “endorsed violence and hate towards Israel,” while members have called for “the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and violent uprising.”
In one case, PYM promoted the actions of Mohammad Tareq, who carried out a terror attack on three Israelis before he was shot dead in July 2018.
PYM describes itself as a “transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization and occupation of our homeland.”
As The Michigan Star previously reported, Tlaib’s botched trip to Israel was sponsored by a different group whose members have expressed sympathy for terrorist activities.
During an April 2019 event, she was pictured standing outside her congressional office with Joe Catron of the American Muslims for Palestine. Catron is a supporter of multiple Palestinian terrorist organizations.
In another instance, a Hezbollah sympathizer attended a private dinner hosted for Tlaib after she was sworn into Congress.
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