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Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t support the Green New Deal resolution that’s backed by Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates, according to Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Tlaib, a Democrat and Green New Deal supporter, told Fox 2 Detroit that Pelosi’s lack of support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All hadn’t stopped progressives from pushing those bills.

“What’s incredible is like, even if she’s not jumping up and down about Medicare for All, we’re still proceeding with Medicare for All,” Talib said in an interview that aired Tuesday night. “Is she endorsing Green New Deal? No, but that hasn’t stopped us.”

The Green New Deal was introduced by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in February. The resolution calls for fundamentally transforming the U.S. economy to fight global warming and expand the welfare state. (1 In 5 Americans Blame Global Warming For Cold Winter Weather)

Republicans derided the Green New Deal as “socialist,” but Democratic leadership also gave the resolution a cold reception. Pelosi called it the “green dream or whatever,” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans on having his caucus vote “present” on the resolution.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib questions Cohen during House Oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) questions Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump, as he testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts.

U.S. President Trump walks down Capitol steps with Speaker of the House Pelosi after they attended luncheon at U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the U.S Capitol steps with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after they both attended the 37th annual Friends of Ireland luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi told Politico in February. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

Democrats want to make climate change a top issue in 2020, but there’s disagreement on how to move forward with legislation. Moderate Democrats favor a piecemeal approach while those on the far-left favor Ocasio-Cortez’s sweeping plan.

Republicans see the Green New Deal as an electoral boon that can be tied to vulnerable Democrats in the next election cycle. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans on bringing the Green New Deal to a vote by the end of the month, which Democrats oppose.

Pelosi’s office did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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  • Jewish and Muslim Democrats in the House of Representatives gathered for a private meeting to discuss anti-Semitism and religion after Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar received backlash for repeatedly using anti-Israel tropes.
  • The anti-Trump organization Bend the Arc moderated the discussion and a representative reportedly made an anti-Semitic joke during the meeting.
  • Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes questioned why the “joke” was appropriate and criticized its use.

A member of a progressive anti-Trump organization, comprised of American Jews, used an anti-Semitic trope while meeting with Muslim and Jewish House Democrats to discuss recent allegations of anti-Semitism within the party, according to a report published Sunday.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Andy Levin invited Bend the Arc to moderate a discussion on religion and anti-Semitism between Muslim Democrats in the House and some of their Jewish Democratic colleagues, reported The Washington Post. In addition to Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, America’s first two Muslim congresswomen, other freshman progressives were also invited, such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has defended anti-Israel statements Omar made.

Bend the Arc is a left-wing advocacy group whose mission is “rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.” The group, whose members are progressive Jews, has been critical of Israeli policies and sympathizes with Palestine, which is reportedly why they were chosen to attend. Bend the Arc’s PAC was organized by Alexander Soros, the son of Democratic mega-donor George Soros.

The meeting was largely in response to Omar’s claim that Republican support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Her comments received swift condemnation from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.

“It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Rep. Ilhan Omar’s choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-semitic tropes about Jews and money,” House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement at the time. “Her words are deeply hurtful and offensive, particularly as they build on previous comments she made about Jews ‘hypnotizing’ the world in support of Israel — another old trope born of hate-filled texts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Bend the Arc did not comment on Omar’s use of anti-Israel tropes, but issued a statement condemning President Donald Trump for calling for her resignation. The organization subsequently praised Omar for her apology. (RELATED: Minnesota Democrats Reportedly Want Ilhan Omar Out — She Blames Trump)

During the meeting, a Bend the Arc representative who was facilitating the discussion, reportedly made a joke about Jews and money in what was claimed to be an attempt to ease tensions, according to WaPo. Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes, another freshman in attendance, questioned why the joke was appropriate.

“The comment referred to in the article was an approach to use humor to call attention to an often-used Jewish stereotype. The facilitator apologized when another meeting participant expressed concern with the comment,” Ginna Green, chief strategy officer of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Like the rest of the training, this conversation was open and candid in a way that brought leaders closer to greater connection and understanding.”

“It’s not okay,” Hayes told The Washington Post when discussing the exchange. “These [sorts of jokes] are off-limits. It’s confusing for someone like me who is trying to learn.”

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“I’m looking to try to understand everybody’s perspective,” Hayes added. “This isn’t my community.”

Both Omar and Tlaib’s time in congressional office has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism. (RELATED: Nancy Pelosi Sees Herself In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And Ilhan Omar)

Omar has defended her anti-Israel statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she is on record stating that Israel is not a democracy. She also gave an interview to a host that referred to Israel as the “Jewish ISIS” and mocked how Americans speak about al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.

Omar and Tlaib notably waited until after they won their congressional election to reveal their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The Anti-Defamation League describes the movement as “the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence.”

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib said that people find it easier to attack fellow Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar due to her status as a black female Muslim in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I think she becomes an easier target, is what I’m trying to say,” Tlaib stated when asked why there were strong reactions to Omar’s statements about Isreal.

“And that’s what worries me is that I don’t understand why others can say something probably is worse and probably stemmed on white supremacy can get away with it but then Ilhan, who is really coming from a place of disagreeing with the policies of the country of Israel, where my grandmother lives currently right now with inequality, is not treated with any human dignity. That if she speaks up, that it’s seen and because she’s Muslim and because she’s black, she’s an easier target for them to attack and target.” (RELATED: Minnesota Democrats Want To Topple Ilhan Omar And Nominate New Candidate)

Tlaib also discussed the fact that Democrats attacked Omar’s statements, saying that other members of her caucus have said worse things than Omar did, and got away with it due to their privileged status.

Rep. Omar suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was buying support for Israel in a tweet, a statement that was widely condemned as anti-Semitic. Omar claims the tweet was simply her questioning a U.S. policy decision and wasn’t rooted in any hatred toward any people.

She also made news in February for another anti-Israel tweet she wrote in 2012, before she was a sitting member of Congress.

“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she wrote in 2012.

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib asserted that those who stay silent against hatred in the United States are helping white nationalism during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“You said in a statement after the attack that you were angry at ‘those who follow the white supremacy agenda in my own country that sends a signal across the world that massacres like this are a call to action,’” CNN Host Jake Tapper said. “Who are you specifically talking about?”

“The ones that stay silent,” Tlaib responded. “And the ones that support the Muslim ban. Not only once, but twice, three times, did we in this nation say to the world, and to everyone in this country, that Muslims don’t belong here. From the fact that every time we talk about a wall, it’s not about a structure, but about xenophobia, it’s about racism.” (RELATED: Rashida Tlaib’s Ties To Anti-Semitism Run Deeper Than Previously Known)

Tlaib is one of the freshman members of Congress that is a Muslim. She condemned the attacks on two Mosques in New Zealand and asserted that President Donald Trump needed to take a stronger stance against the ideology spread by the shooter in an extended manifesto that repeatedly referred to Muslims as “invaders.”

“This morning I tried to hold back tears as I hugged my two brown, Muslim boys a little tighter and longer,” she said in a statement shortly after the attack. “I am so angry at those who follow the ‘white supremacy’ agenda in my own country that sends a signal across the world that massacres like this is some kind of call to action.”

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is supporting a college movement to suspend the school’s study abroad program in Israel.

Students and professors at Pitzer College in California are pushing the school’s administration to halt the program in Haifa, Israel until the Middle Eastern country meets demands set by the organizers.

Daniel Segal, a professor at Pitzer College, tweeted a photo of Tlaib posing with a #SuspendPitzerHaifa pamphlet earlier this week. He brought the initial motion to end the program back in November, according to student-run newspaper The Student Life.

The motion reads, “The Pitzer Faculty calls for the suspension of the College’s exchange with Haifa University, until (a) the Israeli state ends its restrictions on entry to Israel based on ancestry and/or political speech and (b) the Israeli state adopts policies granting visas for exchanges to Palestinian universities on a fully equal basis as it does to Israeli universities.”

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) talks to other guests before the start of a funeral service for former Rep. John Dingell on February 14, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais – Pool/Getty Images)

A vote scheduled for Thursday by both students and faculty will determine whether or not the resolution will go to the Board of Trustees and Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver. If the vote passes, it will be up to them to make a final decision on the Haifa abroad program.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress, has made headlines with comments she’s made about the Israel-Palestine conflict. She was one of the first members of Congress to publicly state her support for the boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement.

Some view the BDS movement as anti-Semitic because it seeks to penalize Israel for their treatment of Palestinians, though it does not seek to do so for any nation other than the Jewish state.

Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver pointed out the double standard that some perceive in the movement, saying, “Why would we not suspend our program with China? Or take our longest standing program in Nepal where the Pitzer in Nepal program has been run for over 40 years, During that time, they have had a bloody civil war that killed 19,000 people. Why Israel?” according to The Student Life.

Neither Segal or Oliver responded to request for comment.

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib reportedly unfollowed an anti-Semitic Instagram account over the weekend, days after the Capital Research Center (CRC) reported that she followed the account.

The account, “free.palestine.1948,” routinely posts anti-Semitic content and photos critical of Israel. After CRC’s report that she followed the account on Friday, Tlaib unfollowed them, adding a disclaimer to her Instagram bio that reads, “Note: Following someone or group does not mean I endorse all of their posts.”

“Free.Palestine.1948” posts a photo on Instagram of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing him of employing “the tools of chaos magic” to obtain “the Gentile world.”

This Instagram account alleges that Israel was secretly behind 9/11, while also accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using “deception, lies, craft and magic” in an attempt to conquer “the Gentile world.” It has also compared Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

“Free.Palestine.1948” posts a photo on Instagram alleging that Israel was responsible for 9/11.

Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, previously received criticism for being a member of the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” which posts similar content, according to previous reporting from the Daily Caller News Foundation. The group’s founder, Palestinian activist Maher Abdel-qader, was a key fundraiser for Tlaib and organized campaign events for her around the country.

“Free.Palestine.1948” posts a photo on Instagram alleging that Israel was responsible for 9/11.

Some also criticized the Michigan congresswoman for having Abbas Hamideh, a Palestinian activist who does not believe in Israel’s right to exist, at a private event celebrating her inauguration(RELATED: ADL Demands Tlaib Explain Her Relationship With Pro-Hezbollah Activist)

“Free.Palestine.1948” posts a photo on Instagram comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Hitler.

Tlaib’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib lashed out at the director of Oscar-winning film “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly, on Twitter for comments he made during his award acceptance speech that suggested Detroit needs to be saved.

Farrelly’s “Green Book” won the “Best Picture” category at the 2019 Academy Awards Sunday night. During Farrelly’s award acceptance speech, he made a shout-out to the watch company Shinola, exclaiming, “Tom Kartsotis and Shinola watches —  unbelievable! They’re saving Detroit!”

Tlaib voiced her disagreement with Farrelly’s comment on Twitter, calling it a “disrespectful and hurtful narrative that we 1) need saving [and] 2) that billionaires are the ones to do it.”

The Congresswomen continued, “We just need the 1 [percent] to stop taking our land for nothing [and] shifting our tax dollars towards for-profit development that makes them richer.” (RELATED: Watch Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Perform ‘Shallow’ At The Oscars)

Tlaib’s critical response among other similar takes on Twitter were followed by a statement from the Shinola company, first congratulating Farrelly on his Oscar award, then noting, “We did want to make it clear that without the city of Detroit, there would be no Shinola. The city gave our brand life and its something we will never take for granted.”

The statement also claims that the award acceptance speech shout-out to the brand was “unplanned and unexpected” and came from Farrelly being “a friend to the brand for years.” (RELATED: Oscars Ditched Host Over Offensive Content- Tina Fey Grabbed Amy Poehler’s Boob 5 Minutes In)

“Green Book” has previously received criticism for its approach to racial issues, CBS reports. Entertainment Weekly’s Rebecca Theodore-Vachon rekindled this criticism, Sunday, by pointing out the lack of acknowledgment of African American creator of the original Green Book, Victor Hugo, in Ferrally’s acceptance speech.

She tweeted, Sunday “Wow. Just wow. Notice how they did not even acknowledge the creator of the actual Green Book, Victor Hugo Green in the acceptance speech for Best Picture. ‘It all started with Viggo.’ How disrespectful.”

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Freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar defended colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib for saying she would help Democrats “impeach the motherf****r,” on Showtime’s late night talk show Desus & Mero, Thursday night.

Tlaib made the remarks about President Donald Trump at a rally last month held by MoveOn, the progressive public policy group, near Capitol Hill, hours after being sworn into Congress

“Rashida got into a little bit of trouble for saying a boo-boo word,” Ocasio-Cortez began. “I hit up Rashida, I sent her a text, and I was like, ‘Don’t worry about it, I mean who cares.’ And she was like ‘Yeah, I’m from Detroit, back there that’s just what we call, ‘That guy.’”

“No it’s honestly — that’s saying, ‘That guy,’” Tlaib added. (RELATED: Tlaib Calls For A Boycott Of Israel — But Her Campaign Website Is Built With An Israeli Web Designer)

“The double standard in that is that, that guy, never gets in trouble for all of the boo-boo words he uses,” Omar stated.

“Well I think it’s one of those things where it’s like keeping it real with people is like this frowned upon thing and so we’re just doing it anyway because it’s too much work, it’s too much work to not do that,” Ocasio-Cortez answered when one of the hosts asked about double standards in Congress.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) talks to other guests before the start of a funeral service for former Rep. John Dingell on February 14, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais – Pool/Getty Images)

Omar added, “I think we have a beef with almost anyone here because there’s a lack of courage. It seems like we’re all radical because we deeply care about the people that we represent and we want to throw down for them.” (RELATED: Rashida Tlaib Takes Oath Of Office Using Thomas Jefferson’s Quran)

In the days after Tlaib’s comment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi excused her vulgar language and pointed the finger back at the president.

Trump addressed her comment while taking questions from reporters around the time.

“I thought her comments were disgraceful,” he said. “This is a person that I don’t know. I assume she’s new. I think she dishonored herself and I think she’s dishonored her family. Using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a disgrace and a dishonor to her and to her family.”

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Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib has shared her support for a boycott of Israeli companies, but her campaign website was built using an Israeli-based website builder platform.

Tlaib was one of the first members of Congress to publicly support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) movement. The movement calls for Israel to be penalized for their treatment of the Palestinian people. Many Jewish organizations view the movement as anti-Semitic because it singles out Israel for alleged human rights violations while ignoring other countries.  (RELATED: Zeldin Addresses Feud With Omar Over Her Support For BDS Movement)

BDSList.org has called for approximately 100 companies to be boycotted, including Wix.

Israel Advocacy Movement, a British-based organization, first published the fact that Tlaib campaign website was built through Wix in a video on Sunday.

A screenshot of the source coding of Rashida Tlaib's "Rashida For Congress"

A screenshot of the source coding of Rashida Tlaib’s “Rashida For Congress” website from 2/20/2019.

“These hollow threats of boycott are nothing but political stunts that could never be implemented,” Joseph Cohen, the founder of the organization, said in the video. “Could you imagine how many people would suffer because they were deprived of the medical breakthroughs and technological advances that come out of this small nation? It won’t bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It’s simply narcissistic self-gratifying virtue-signalling that makes the world a much more divided place.”

The Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) issued a press release “[congratulating] Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for breaking her boycott of Israel.”

DMFI President Mark Mellman was quoted in the statement, “We congratulate Congresswoman Tlaib for her decision to use the best products she can find instead of discriminating against Israel in way that increases hostility, thereby making peace between Israelis and Palestinians more difficult to achieve.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 09: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) leaves after a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NBC News’ Allan Smith tweeted a statement from Tlaib’s spokesperson Denzel McCampbell. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Spox Refuses To Divulge Where She Stands On BDS Movement)

“The Congresswoman is focused on protecting the constitutional right of Americans, including free speech. She’s also committed to working on policies that will bring peace and justice too her constituents, Americans, and people in the Middle East,” it reads. “It’s my hope that the Democratic Majority for Israel will too the same instead of pushing a non-story in an attempt to discredit her and her work.”

McCampbell declined to expound on this statement to The Daily Caller. Neither Wix or the BDS Movement responded to requests for comment.

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