Newly-appointed Florida congresswoman Kat Cammack drew widespread attention when she stated that she would place an Israeli flag outside her office as a symbol of opposition to the political views of fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, Fox News reported on Thursday.
"Rep. Tlaib, who has an office right next to mine in DC, has some strong opinions about Israel that [100%] I disagree with, so I’ve made a pledge to plant Israel’s flag outside my door right next to the American flag. I think it’ll be very helpful as she walks past both every day," Cammack tweeted on Wednesday. Many called Cammack's statements nothing more than a stunt of publicity.
Tlaib's spokesperson responded to congresswoman Cammack's comments, stating that elected officials are meant to stand up for their constituents instead of chasing clout.
“Congressional members were elected to take on pressing issues impacting their constituents, not publicity stunts,” Tlaib's office told Haaretz. "Rep. Tlaib is focused on solving issues and showing up for her constituents. One can only hope that Rep. Cammack will do the same."
Tlaib has faced criticism for her comments about Jews as well as her support of the BDS movement against Israel.
Tlaib was further criticized by House Republicans last year after describing the "calm feeling" she experienced when thinking about the Holocaust. In response, the congresswoman stated that her critics were policing and "twisting" her words, in defense of her comments.
Tlaib had since made headlines when she sought a humanitarian visit to her grandmother after the Israeli government rejected her and fellow representative Ilhan Omar's requests to enter the Jewish state — sparking a lot of controversy. This was due to a claim made by Israel that their visit was intended to promote boycotts against the Jewish state.
Source: This news first appeared in Jerusalem Post