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Pic: Rep. Tlaib tied to secret Hamas-supporting Facebook group: Report

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, will be allowed to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. (Tanya Moutzalias |
November 23, 2023

During recent investigation, Fox News revealed that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is a member of a secret Facebook group, the Palestinian American Congress, which has been accused of promoting pro-Hamas content and anti-Israel sentiments. The revelation comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East following the surprise attacks carried out in early October by Hamas terrorists against Israel.

The secret group, which is hidden from public view on Facebook, reportedly features posts that glorify Hamas, particularly in the wake of their recent conflict with Israel, according to Fox News. The group is supportive of Hamas, despite Hamas being recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries, including the United States, due to its attacks against Israeli civilians.

Fox News reported that the Facebook group’s founder, Maher Abdel-qader, has been linked to Tlaib and other liberal politicians. Abdel-qader has previously faced criticism for antisemitic posts, including those questioning the Holocaust.

The controversial nature of the Facebook group was exposed by Fox News, which disclosed multiple posts within the group. For instance, a post dated October 12 contained a threatening message towards Israel, accompanied by an image depicting an Israeli woman held captive by a Hamas fighter. “We don’t want to throw you in the sea,” the post stated. “We want you to ride it back from where you came.” 

Another post from October 19 praised the “achievements” of Hamas in Northern Israel, referencing the death of Israeli soldiers.

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Members of the group have also been critical of the American media’s portrayal of the conflict, accusing the media of bias and of ignoring Palestinian suffering. One member, in a post dated October 10, condemned the media for labeling Hamas as a terrorist organization while ignoring the alleged plight of Palestinians.

Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, reportedly joined the group six years ago and posted in the group during her 2018 congressional campaign. The Michigan congresswoman, who has spoken at pro-Palestinian protests and repeatedly spoken against Israel, was recently censured by the House of Representatives for her comments regarding Israel and Hamas.

Tlaib’s association with Abdel-qader, who Fox News reported has been a major fundraiser for the congresswoman and held the title of chairman of her finance committee during her 2018 congressional campaign, has resulted in additional questions and criticism. Abdel-qader, who has a history of promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories, has continued to express anti-Israel sentiments on social media.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.