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 November 18, 2023

Arizona State University cancels Rashida Tlaib's event after allegations of antisemitism

Arizona State University has canceled Rep. Rashida Tlaib's event that included a speech titled "Palestine is an American Issue," Fox News reported. The Michigan Democrat was set to give her remarks Friday at an event on the university's campus.

The university blamed a procedural problem for the cancellation. "Organizers of events using ASU facilities must be properly registered with ASU and must meet all university requirements for crowd management, parking, security, and insurance," a spokesperson for the university claimed.

"In addition, the events must be produced in a way which minimizes disruption to academic and other activities on campus. The event featuring Congresswoman Tlaib was planned and produced by groups not affiliated with ASU and was organized outside of ASU policies and procedures," the university added.

"Accordingly, that event will not take place today on the ASU Tempe campus." The liberal Arizona Palestine Network, which was sponsoring the event, slammed the university's decision as "completely unacceptable" in a social media post.

"Rashida Tlaib must be heard on campus as the only Palestinian member of Congress who plans to speak on an American issue at this event. ASU cannot claim to hold free speech as a principle while denying Palestinians their voices on campus," the organization posted to Facebook.

"Cancelling this event puts the university in direct contradiction with its charter as a university 'measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed.'" ASU did not admit to such censorship, but it seems like it is no coincidence that the cancellation came a little more than a week after Tlaib was censured by Congress.

The Muslim Democrat was accused by her peers of "promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel." The attack on Israel was savage and unprovoked, but Tlaib sided with the Hamas terrorists in line with her usual anti-Semitic viewpoint.

"It is a sad fact, but this type of antisemitic hate is being promoted by a small group of members in this body, chiefly Rep. Tlaib. We must hold her accountable," said Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA) from the House floor ahead of the vote, NBC News reported.

Tlaib had shared a video to her X, formerly Twitter, that featured pro-Hamas supporters shouting "from the river to the sea." That phrase is commonly recognized as an anti-Semitic call to arms for those who wish to see Israel wiped off the map.

It also revealed that in Tlaib's mind, Israel doesn't have a right to defend itself from its aggressor. She claimed that President Joe Biden's backing of Israel's counteroffensive "supported the genocide of the Palestinian people."

Predictably, the congresswoman had no harsh words for the terrorists who attacked Israel but turned her ire toward Biden. "We will remember in 2024," Tlaib said.

This is not the first time Tlaib has been outwardly dismissive of Israel's plight. "There’s kind of a calming feeling...when I think of the Holocaust...and the fact that it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports," she said on the heels of Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2019, CNN reported.

"I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time, and I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, right, and it was forced on them," Tlaib claimed.

ASU had an out to cancel her event using an excuse about procedural problems. If that's truly the case, it means they either agree with her anti-Semitism or don't have the backbone to stand up to it.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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