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.
What: Calling Out Bigotry Press Conference in response to Lima-Taub's Anti-Muslim statements - https://t.co/5Z5DpgfmTc— New Florida Majority (@NewFLMajority) January 18, 2019
Who: NewFM, Emage, FLIC, S. Florida Muslim Federation + partner orgs
When: Weds Jan. 23 4:15p
Where: Hallandale Commission 400 S Federal Hwy Hallandale Beach FL pic.twitter.com/gEarXqqwIY
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.