Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world. Does it concern anyone that we have sitting members of our United States Congress who openly embrace anti-Semitic activists and push anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media?

Protesters outside the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington compared Israel supporters to Nazis in a demonstration organized by Al-Awda, an anti-Israel group with connections to several Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Abbas Hamideh, who was a special guest of U.S. Congresswoman Rashida-Tlaib at her swearing-in ceremony, was leading the protest.

Earlier this month, The Jerusalem Post exposed Al-Awda’s ties to terrorist groups. It is a founding member of the Global Palestinian Right of Return Coalition (GPRRC), part of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which coordinates the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement worldwide. The central organization in the BNC is the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces (PNIF), which includes five US-designated terrorist organizations: Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Popular Front-General Command, the Palestine Liberation Front and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

“A progressive Zionist is the same as a progressive Nazi,” Abbas Hamideh, an Al-Awda leader, chanted at Sunday’s protest, with demonstrators cheering him in response. Hamideh posted a video of the protest on his Facebook page.

Facebook clips show Al-Awda leader Abbas Hamideh protesting outside AIPAC conference in Washington on March 25, 2019.

In a reference to a remark by Rep. Ilhan Omar, which was condemned as antisemitic by many Jewish organizations and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, Hamideh said: “We are demanding an end to AIPAC’s influence over our American politicians. We demand an end to the Benjamins” – meaning $100 bills – “that go to the politicians.”

Al-Awda, which is Arabic for “the return,” calls on its website for an end to all US aid to Israel, a comprehensive boycott of Israel, the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees and their descendants, and a Palestinian state “in all of Palestine,” meaning one that would replace Israel. It refers to Israel in quotation marks, further signaling its refusal to accept the country’s existence.

In his Facebook post, Hamideh brags about shooting down the Secret Service for allegedly asking him if he had a permit to protest in front of the White House.

Abbas Hamideh Secret Service: “Do you have a permit for this rally?” Me: “You ask the same question every year. No, we don’t need one it’s the White House, did they change the constitution?” Secret Service: “No.” Me: “OK.” ????

The bigger question is, why would the Secret Service allow a man with ties to terror groups protest in front of the White House? Shouldn’t Hamideh be considered a security risk?

Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk tweeted about the protest, revealing the sick anti-Semitic remarks shouted through a bullhorn by Hamideah, the close friend of Democrat lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib.

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