A photo circulating on social media Tuesday afternoon depicted Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib promoting Linda Sarsour's new book while wearing a T-shirt on which the nation of Israel is erased and replaced with the word "Palestine," indicating the wearer's desire for Israel to be a Palestinian state.
The photo, posted to Twitter by writer Alex VanNess, shows the politician excitedly holding up a book by activist Linda Sarsour. Both Tlaib and Sarsour have regularly been publicly critical of Israel in the past, and both support a "one-state solution" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The shirt is sold by a company called Palestine Shirts, and their product description for the garment is as follows:
Stand in solidarity with Palestine by wearing this beautiful Palestinian tee shirt. An outlined map of Palestine is filled with red, white, and green Arabic letters that look stunning from a distance and spell the word Palestine up close. A patterned shemagh wraps around the neck of the Palestinian state like the brave soldiers whose boots stand on the dusty ground.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib has been repeatedly criticized by the pro-Israel and Jewish communities for comments they say are anti-Semitic. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which combats anti-Semitic incitement, condemned Tlaib in late January for tweeting an inaccurate story claiming Israeli Jews murdered a Palestinian child. The ADL cited her for promoting a "blood libel" that was "steeped in centuries-old accusations used to demonize Jews."
Tlaib's associations with many organizations and causes that single Israel out for undue criticism have also generated deep divides between the congresswoman and the pro-Israel community. They include groups that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which critics call anti-Semitic for its promotion of economic boycotts against Jewish-owned businesses.