Tlaib shares 'hateful,' 'bullying' note left on office door

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibGOP hopes dim on reclaiming House Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Democrats take aim at Trump policies by passing T spending package MORE (D-Mich.), one of a group of outspoken progressives among the Democratic freshman class, shared a post-it note place outside her office addressed to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders to propose canceling .6 trillion in US student debt Omar: 'People are being put in camps' at southern border Don't let demagoguery derail new black-Jewish congressional alliance MORE (D-Minn.), accusing her of anti-Semitism. 

“This is the hateful rhetoric & bullying on my door today. Stop the fear mongering & [blatant] lies. Come here w/ the value that all beings deserve human rights, including Palestinians. @IlhanMN & I fight for equality & justice for all.  There's nothing antisemitic about that!” Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American member of Congress, tweeted Tuesday. 

The post-it appeared to be in response to controversial comments Omar made about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, that some have criticized as anti-Semitic.

“Stop your disgusting Jew hatred. Your sign says ‘Justice for all.’ That means Jews too. Your Jihad against the Jews will fail. Am Yisrael Chai!” the post-it read, referring to a Jewish song title that translates to “The people of Israel live.”

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Omar has been at the center of a political firestorm over comments she made regarding the influence of AIPAC. She sparked controversy when she said support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins” and suggested groups like AIPAC push for “allegiance” to a foreign country.

House Democrats scrambled to condemn the remarks, ultimately issuing two different resolutions in recent weeks condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. 

The response to the comments came under intense scrutiny, with progressives saying Omar was being singled out for noting pro-Israel lobbying groups’ power while Republicans demanded she be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE seized on the controversy, declaring the Democratic Party “an anti-Jewish party” after several 2020 presidential candidates declined to attend the annual AIPAC conference.