The anti-Semitic Democrat members of “the squad” are preparing to make another show of their hatred towards Israel by threatening to boycott Israeli president Isaac Herzog’s address to Congress this Wednesday. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the hostility shown towards Israel from not just “the squad,” but from the President of the United States himself is causing friction within the Democrat party and with Republicans who have raised concerns about anti-Semitic remarks and behavior.
“Squad” members including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.), Cori Bush (D., Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) have repeatedly attacked Israel and defended Palestine, and whether he is aware of it or not, Joe Biden has seemingly taken their side. In a recent interview, Biden denounced Israel’s government as “extremist” and has been avoiding a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until Monday when he spoke with Netanyahu on the phone and made plans to meet in person. However, the Free Beacon reports some see the extended invitation to Herzog as a rebuke since Herzog has been critical of Israeli reforms backed by Natanyahu.
Democratic New York City councilman Dov Hikind suggested that Biden’s treatment of Netanyahu and bypassing a decades-long tradition of inviting the prime minister to the White House is what “gave a green light to these [anti-Israel] radicals.” Hikind, who was a long-time Democrat, has shared his weariness of anti-Israel sentiment in the White House and pointed out that Biden and top leaders of the Democrat party have “crossed a line.”
Squad member Ilhan Omar has gone so far as to call on voters to elect “Palestinian people who have now experienced occupation and displacement for 75 years” to Congress. Jayapal, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also said that she was “fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state.” In a recent interview with President Joe Biden, the squad’s sentiment appeared to be prevalent as he called Netanyahu’s government “one of the most extremist,” and the White House also advocated support for anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel just last week.
Republicans, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), have condemned the boycott of Herzog’s address, and the repetitive anti-Israel comments. McCarthy told reporters that such action has no place in America, stating “anti-Semitism shouldn’t be anywhere, and especially shouldn’t be inside Congress.”