Kat Cammack by the Forward

Florida Congresswoman announces she’ll be taunting Rashida Tlaib with Israeli flag

Rep. Kat Cammack, a new Republican congresswoman from Florida, announced on Twitter Wednesday that she plans to use the emblem of the state of Israel to taunt her new office neighbor, Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American Democrat from Detroit, has been a flashpoint for both pro-Israel Jewish groups and Christian Zionists over her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

In 2019, the Israeli government blocked her from entering its territory, which led her to cancel a planned trip to visit her relatives in the occupied West Bank.

Cammack, who had been chief of staff for the district’s last representative, Ted Yoho, campaigned as a strong supporter for continued U.S. military aid to Israel, and received the endorsements of the several pro-Israel groups, according to the right-leaning Jewish News service.

In response, Tlaib’s office called the act a publicity stunt.

“Congressional members were elected to take on pressing issues impacting their constituents, not publicity stunts,”Denzel McCampbell, Rashida Tlaib’s Director of Communications, told the Times of Israel. “Rep. Tlaib is focused on solving issues and showing up for her constituents. One can only hope that Rep. Cammack will do the same.”


David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein covers breaking news and international Jewish communities for the Forward. You can reach him at Klein@forward.com and on Twitter @davidianklein .

Florida Congresswoman announces she’ll be taunting Rashida Tlaib with Israeli flag

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