Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub's career seems to be on thin ice, and for good reason. Earlier this month, she claimed Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress, was a "Hamas-loving anti-Semite" who might one day "blow up the Capitol Building."
That was an obvious and absurdly racist statement about a woman of Palestinian descent. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Anti-Defamation League, and Hallandale Beach officials have all called the statement offensive. But last week, Lima-Taub stated on Facebook she was "unapologetic" before doubling down and erroneously comparing Tlaib's ideas to those of Adolf Hitler.
Now Lima-Taub will face a demonstration outside her door. Multiple South Florida civil- and immigrant-rights groups, including the Muslim-rights groups
Lima-Taub's rant almost certainly came about because of her disagreements with Tlaib over the state of Israel. Lima-Taub was born in the Jewish nation. Tlaib, meanwhile, is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. She says her grandfather was shot by Israeli soldiers during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Tlaib is, unquestionably, critical of the state of Israel and especially its treatment of Palestinians and other Arabs within its borders. But Lima-Taub's statements went much further than simply criticizing Tlaib's stance on Israel as a nation. Lima-Taub instead conflated criticism of Israel with criticism of Jews. Then she got outright racist by claiming Tlaib might be a terrorist in disguise.
Yet Lima-Taub is demanding that Tlaib
The news conference is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. this Wednesday in the Hallandale Beach City Commission chambers, located at 400 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.