Photo Credit: Twitter profile photo
US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League wants Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, Michigan to explain a photo that was snapped a few days before she was sworn into Congress.


“We ask her to clarify his attendance and denounce his anti-Semitism,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Thursday in a tweet. Hamideh was less than impressed, responding with a comment about “israel’s (sic) criminal occupation of #Palestine. Yawn.”

Tlaib was photographed at an event with Cleveland-based pro-Palestinian Authority activist Abbas Hamideh, who praised Hamas and Hezbollah and who also equates Zionists with Nazis. Hamideh claims to be “the grandson of Deir Yassin.”

On January 13 he posted a photo on Twitter in which he was standing next to Tlaib, holding a painting of the lawmaker wearing a kefiyyah. He said in the tweet that he was honored to be present at her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit, and to later attent a private dinner “with the entire family, friends and activists across the country.”

But their relationship clearly dates back earlier: a photo dating back to April 2018 was also posted on Twitter, by Hamideh.