Rashida Tlaib, a member of the "Squad" in the House of Representatives, is scheduled to speak at a conference organized by an anti-Israel coalition. This coalition, the United States Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), has faced criticism for its alleged ties to Palestinian groups and its strong anti-Israel stance.
Tlaib is set to participate in the USCPR's national conference in Houston, Texas, from October 27 to 29. The USCPR has been accused of sponsoring the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee, which advocates for boycotting Israel and has accused Israel of "apartheid," "ethnic cleansing," and "genocide."
Critics, including Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, have labeled Tlaib's participation in this conference as "anti-American" and "treasonous." They argue that the USCPR aims to mobilize action against the United States, Israel, Jews, and Jewish communities on American college campuses.
Tlaib has faced increasing criticism from both Republicans and some of her Democratic colleagues due to her anti-Israel positions. Last year, she alleged that "Israel's apartheid government" does not align with "progressive values," which led to condemnation from several House Democrats.
The USCPR has criticized Israel's efforts to combat terrorism, and it has opposed the designation of certain Palestinian groups as proxies for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S.-designated terror organization.
The BDS National Committee, sponsored by USCPR, includes members associated with U.S.-designated terror groups, such as the Popular Front, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and the Palestinian Liberation Front.
Some advocacy groups, like TruthTells, find it "incomprehensible" that Tlaib would be affiliated with USCPR and have called for her censure.
The USCPR conference, taking place at a 4-star hotel in Houston, features speakers like liberal activist Marc Lamont Hill and Diala Shamas, who has previously expressed support for boycotts as a form of protest. Additionally, Nida Abubaker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker, is listed as a speaker. Shukri Abu Baker was sentenced to 65 years in prison by the U.S. Department of Justice for his involvement in supporting the terror group Hamas.
The conference's theme is centered on building a future "in defiance of Israeli repression and U.S. imperialism" and expresses solidarity with the Palestinian people resisting what it claims are "75+ years of ethnic cleansing."