Rashida Tlaib celebrates Purim gift from progressive Jewish activist group

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-Mich.) posted a photo Friday to thank a progressive Jewish group opposed to Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian territory for a Purim basket the group sent to her office.

Tlaib posted a photo Friday afternoon of herself snacking on an item from the mishloach manot, also called a Purim basket, which is a traditional selection of food and drinks sent to friends and family as part of the annual Jewish holiday.

"So much love for @IfNotNowOrg. Happy Purim and the mishloach manot is delicious," Tlaib wrote on Twitter, holding up a note the group had sent accompanying the basket.


IfNotNow is a progressive Jewish organization that describes itself on Twitter as "a movement led by young American Jews to end our community's support for the Israeli occupation."

Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, is one of a few Democratic lawmakers who has openly criticized the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The freshman lawmaker caused controversy earlier this year by announcing plans to lead a congressional delegation to Palestinian territories at the same time as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's trip to Israel for new members of Congress.