Why Banning the Swastika is a Bad Idea

Why Banning the Swastika is a Bad Idea

Will banning the swastika really help eliminate antisemitism and fascism? Or will it simply encourage those who subscribe to such hateful views to dig in their heels? Furthermore, what’s to stop the government in future from censoring other symbols, which may not currently fit the definition of “hate crime”?

Victoria this week becomes the first Australian jurisdiction to ban the Nazi swastika, with those who defy the ban facing jail and a hefty fine.

Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday:

“In our state, nobody has the right to spread racism, hate or antisemitism. Ever. That’s why last night we passed legislation to ban the Nazi symbol. And now, it’s the law.”


Irony, thy name is Daniel Andrews.

It was Daniel Andrews who implemented medical apartheid in Victoria, promoting hate and division within the community.

And it was Daniel Andrews who made it acceptable to discriminate against law-abiding citizens based on nothing but their medical history.

Will Daniel Andrews’ newfound love of tolerance and unity extend to banning the green tick Victorians must display to prove their vaccination status?

Don’t hold your breath.

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Other states are expected to follow Victoria’s lead and ban the swastika.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on May 26 that:

“Our community is diverse and should not have to withstand the public display of hate symbols. We intend to make it a criminal offence to display symbols promoting hatred and causing fear.”

Symbols promoting division and hate like, um, this?


How awkward, Ms Palaszczuk.

Victoria Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes said in a statement that the Nazi symbol “does nothing but cause further pain and division”.

This vile behaviour will not be tolerated in Victoria,” she said.

I recently spent a weekend driving around Melbourne’s east and west without seeing a single swastika. I lived in Queensland for 31 years and never saw a Nazi symbol.

Maybe I’m not looking hard enough. Maybe Nazi symbols are so prevalent I’ve just become blind to them. Or maybe Australia doesn’t have a swastika problem so much as a progressive politician in need of grandstanding problem.

Limiting Expression

Even if the Nazi symbol was common in Australia, banning it is a bad idea, wrapped in a cloak of virtue.

Free speech demands that everyone, even Nazis, have the right to say whatever they want. Once the government starts banning certain forms of speech, we have moved from free speech to licensed speech where people are permitted to say only those things within the bounds of acceptable thought.

Allowing the government to determine what you may or may not draw is the beginning of tyranny.

It starts with the swastika. Where does it end?

Daniel Andrews warned:

The Government will continue to monitor the use of hate symbols and may consider the inclusion of additional symbols at a later stage.

What does he have in mind? The hammer and sickle? The Christian cross?

If you think politicians will stop once they’ve stamped out the idea you don’t like, you need to reacquaint yourself with history. Cheering the censorship of others is to open yourself up to censorship.

Arguing for the right of Nazis to display the swastika is not to agree with Nazis. I detest fascists. I do rather like my free speech, though.

Building Immunity

Only a fool supports oppression because it is used against his enemy, never considering that the defence of his enemy’s right to free expression is the best defence of his own.

Let’s imagine I saw a swastika. Let’s imagine I heard Nazi propaganda. Will I become a Jew-hating fascist? The government seems to fear that I might.

Rather than allowing me to listen to crazy Nazis and use my common sense to realise that they are wicked and that antisemitism is evil, the government will ensure I never have to think about it.

Daniel Andrews and his Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk will decide what is naughty and protect me from it. In banning a few people from displaying Nazi symbols, they infantilise the majority.

Suppressing the Problem

The fact is that if Nazi hatred exists in my street, I want to know so that I can tackle it. Banning hate symbols doesn’t disappear hate, it merely hides it. And hidden hatred is far more problematic than publicly expressed hatred, since it cannot be countered. Moreover, it only serves to make the haters feel like martyrs, causing them to double down.

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The Weimar Republic had some of the Western world’s first restrictions on “hate speech”. But their speech laws helped rather than hindered Hitler.

When the state of Bavaria issued an order banning Adolf Hitler from making public speeches, the Nazis responded by distributing a drawing of their leader with his mouth gagged and the caption,

“Of 2,000 million people in the world, one alone is forbidden to speak in Germany.”

Hate speech laws did diddly-squat to stop the Nazis, but they proved very useful when the Nazis took power. The laws created to suppress Nazis ended up being used by the Nazis to suppress everyone else!

As Mark Steyn once observed:

“Liberals always seem stunned when supposedly ‘liberal’ laws are subsequently used for illiberal ends.”

Oh, and well done to our state premiers for making the jobs of counter-tewwowism specialists even harder, now that all fascist activity in Victoria will happen underground.

If a small group of people seek to spread fascism, then let’s fight them by spreading the very things they hate — freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Bad ideas are countered with good ideas. We should not become fascists to defeat fascism.


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Antisemitic Incidents Hit All-time High in U.S. — Under Joe Biden

Antisemitic Incidents Hit All-time High in U.S. — Under Joe Biden

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported Tuesday that the number of recoded antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high in 2021, the first year of President Joe Biden’s administration, after he campaigned on stopping the rise of extremism.

According to the left-leaning ADL (original emphasis):

Antisemitic incidents tracked in the 2021 Audit of Antisemitic Incidentsreached an all-time high of 2,717 in the United States last year – an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34 percent increase year over year, including assaults, harassment and vandalism. This is the highest number on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.

Harassment: Of the total, 1,776 incidents were categorized as harassment, defined as cases where one or more Jewish people (or people who were perceived to be Jewish) were harassed verbally (or in writing) with antisemitic conspiracy theories, slurs or stereotypes. Acts of harassment increased 43%, up from 1,242 in 2020.

Vandalism: Another 853 incidents were categorized as vandalism, defined as cases where property was damaged in a manner that incorporated evidence of antisemitic intent or which had an antisemitic impact on Jews. Swastikas, which are generally interpreted by Jews to be symbols of antisemitic hatred, were present in 578 of these incidents. Acts of antisemitic vandalism increased 14% from 751 in 2020.

The ADL also reported a 167% increase in assaults against Jews, from 33 in 2020 to 88 in 2021, though there were no fatalities recorded in these attacks.

During the prior administration, Democrats, the media, and ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt himself often blamed President Donald Trump, or implied he was to blame, for rising antisemitism.

Biden launched his presidential campaign in 2019 by claiming he had been motivated to respond to neo-Nazi riots in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, falsely claiming that President Trump had referred to the neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”

Though the hoax has been debunked, both on the debate stage and during Trump’s second impeachment trial, Biden has persisted in using it, portraying himself as a crusader against antisemitism.

A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen revealed that two-thirds, or 66%, of likely U.S. voters believe the country is more divided now than before the 2020 election.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new e-book, The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it). His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Rabbi Shmuley: Why Did the FBI Initially Deny Antisemitism in Texas?

Rabbi Shmuley: Why Did the FBI Initially Deny Antisemitism in Texas?

American Jews are being asked to get used to something that European and Middle Eastern Jews have been accustomed to for thousands of years, namely, to live with targets on their backs.

The United States was always different. Yes, Jew-hatred has always existed, even here in America, but rarely in a violent manner. It was always much more of the we-won’t-let-them-into-our-country-club variety, or quotas at leading universities.

To the extent that Jews died as a result of American antisemitism, it was rare — and, in the most egregious case, it was a form of passive evil, when Jews were not allowed to enter the U.S. during the Holocaust, especially after FDR’s disastrous appointment of antisemite Breckenridge Long as head of the visa section of the State Department during World War II.

But with that painful and monumental exception, the United States has been one of the greatest blessings to world Jewry in our long and painful history.

Until now.

The nonstop and deadly attacks on American Jews, and especially synagogues, boggles the mind. Are we caught in some weird Hollywood nightmare?

From Pittsburgh to Poway to Jersey City to Monsey to Texas, with many painful stops in between, American Jews are now accustomed to dead congregants, flashing police lights, and security whenever they go and pray.

It was something that as an American Jew I had to get used to when I first moved to Oxford, England, in 1988 to serve as a rabbi, sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The tank-like military vehicles and soldiers with submachine guns you saw outside synagogues in London, Rome, Brussels, and Berlin were…. well, downright un-American.

But no more. Welcome to the new status quo in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

But things won’t get better until the Biden administration stops its pathetic game of pretending that Islamic terrorism is only “extremism” – as President Biden called the Texas attack – or that it’s not the Jews specifically who are being targeted, which was the astonishing report of the FBI in Colleyville.

Particularly painful were the comments of FBI Agent-in-Charge Matt DeSarno, who actually said that the attacker was specifically focused on an issue “not directly connected to the Jewish community,” and that there was no immediate indication that the man had was part of any broader plan.

Come again?

The agent’s comments strained incredulity. Seriously? The hostage-taker, who did not go to a McDonalds or a mall, or a church, but to a synagogue – although the Jews are just 2% of the population – was not focused on something connected to Jews? He was not motivated by hatred of Jews? He was not trying to murder Jews? He was not specifically attacking Jews? It wasn’t a rabbi whom he took hostage?

Never in the history of political correctness has a more confusing statement been made about a blatantly antisemitic attack than this one in Texas.

One wonders whether the FBI – who otherwise performed flawlessly and brought about a miracle by saving the rabbi and the hostages – received their political marching orders from political higher ups.

Eventually, the FBI admitted that the terrorist had “targeted” the synagogue because he was targeting Jews. But who told the FBI at first to declare that the terrorist, who was a British national, was not guilty of a hate crime? Had they examined all his online posts? Did they think that he was simply driving down the interstate in Dallas and decided that in order to free “Lady Al Qaeda,” Aafia Siddiqqui, he should specifically take four Jews hostage in an out-of-the-way synagogue rather than any place else in the Lone Star State?

Here’s the truth.

Islamist radicals hate Jews in their gut. They are congenitally antisemitic, as terrorist Siddiqui showed in her trial where she “demanded” that no Jews serve in the jury. They do not hate Israel because of any dispute with Arab neighbors but because it’s a Jewish state.,

They are antisemitic to their core.

And when the United States overlooks that insidious and murderous hatred and negotiates with Islamist radicals and legitimizes them, that hatred trickles down to the kind of attack we saw in Texas by radicals who believe that Jews are the source of the world’s evil and control all the world’s governments.

Iran speaks openly about annihilating six million Jews. Yet the Biden administration is engaged in talks with them that will ultimately legitimize their nuclear program.

The Hamas charter demands the murder of every Jew in every place on earth. Yet the Biden administration is reversing the Trump-era suppression of funds that aimed to cut off terror entirely.

What are we to think when the greatest and most moral nation on earth, America, does not tell Islamists clearly and unequivocally that unless they repudiate any and all threats against Israel and Jewry – especially those of a genocidal nature – the U.S. will have nothing to do with them and will keep them on an enemies list?

The Texas attack dare not become the new normal for American Jews. Having lived in Western Europe for 11 years, I know what that normal looks like.

I know what it’s like to hear my students on campus tell me that they take their kippahs off because they’re afraid to wear them and get attacked.

I know what it’s like to hear from residents that I should not put up a public menorah because I’m just going to bring the haters out to attack the community.

And I know what it’s like to grow accustomed to hearing elected officials and Members of Parliament give speeches laced with Jew-hatred, as British Jews because accustomed to with Jeremy Corbin, and which American Jews are now hearing from Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

All this was utterly foreign to American Jewry. And it must remain so.

Ultimately, we have no one to rely on but ourselves.

We must take to the airwaves to demand accountability from elected officials to protect the Jewish community and to never excuse any form of antisemitism.

We must advertise against Hollywood influencers who spew anti-Israel hatred and antisemitic bile, which is becoming increasingly frequent, and which our organization, the World Values Network did, against Dua Lipa and the Hadid sisters during the May 2021 Gaza War.

We must, as a community, oppose any new deal with Iran that funds the regime without a total and complete cessation and repudiation of any and all threats against Jewry and Israel, as well as an end to Iran’s nuclear program.

We must choose and support elected officials who have no qualms about calling out Islamist attacks for what they are —  not just extremism, but terrorism.

Finally, we must reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters and make it clear to them that they dare not allow a great world religion to be represented or usurped by murderers and Jew-haters. It’s time for our Muslim brothers and sisters to repudiate the likes of the Texas terrorist even more vehemently than us Jews and help create a new era of Jewish-Muslim peace.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whom the Washington Post describes as “the most famous Rabbi in America,” has just published Kosher Hate: How to Fight Antisemitism, Racism, and Bigotry. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


Why Aren’t Corporate Media Concerned About Rising Antisemitism In The Biden Era?

Why Aren’t Corporate Media Concerned About Rising Antisemitism In The Biden Era?

Is no one in the national media concerned about the very scary brush with antisemitism that occurred on President Biden’s watch this weekend?

I was watching MSNBC all day on Monday and didn’t see it mentioned once. Come to think of it, almost no one at MSNBC or CNN or in the administration or in the offices of Democrats in Congress seemed to think it was a big deal at all by the start of the week.

The number of tweets that President Biden’s FBI sent out this weekend related to a Muslim extremist who held up hostages at a Texas synagogue on Saturday: zero.

The number of tweets that Biden’s FBI sent out this weekend seeking information on random men and women photographed at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, an incident from more than a year ago: five.

Democrats, Biden’s Justice Department, CNN, and MSNBC have spent all month talking about the “anniversary” of Jan. 6. But there’s hardly a peep about 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, who for 11 hours had four Jews captive at gunpoint.

This is a serious episode of anti-Jewish hate — let’s not pretend we don’t know why someone named “Malik” would specifically go after a Jewish house of worship — which was something the media cared a lot about during a period starting in 2015 and curiously ending on Jan. 20, 2021.

When 46-year-old Robert Bowers shot up the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue in October 2018, the media had no problem tracing it to then-President Trump. Because Trump hosted a campaign-style rally that day (it was only a few days ahead of the midterm elections), MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the president was “sending a message to white nationalists” that the tragedy “doesn’t bug me that much.”

You could argue that the media were more interested in that episode than in the one from this weekend because unlike the hostage situation, wherein no one other than the perpetrator was killed, 11 people died in the Pittsburgh massacre.

But that argument doesn’t work. Far less serious and non-deadly events under Trump were covered with the same hysteria.

In 2017, an angry drunk toppled more than 100 tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. Before it was known that the guy was simply acting out after an argument with a friend, The New York Times covered the vandalism with the headline, “Threats and Vandalism Leave American Jews on Edge in Trump Era.” (It also didn’t do the media any good when the man turned out to be black, rather than the preferred villainous caucasian male)

Might the media be able to find any American Jews “on edge” after finding out that a crazy Muslim man took a gun into one of their sacred spaces and threatened to start shooting? It’s the Biden era, after all.

And it’s not as if this is the only attack on Jews of late. The left-wing Anti-Defamation League, which the media love to cite, reports some 386 “incidents” of antisemitic violence, verbal assaults, vandalism, and intimidation that have taken place in the U.S. since Biden was inaugurated.

What’s this ugly underbelly of bigotry that’s arisen in the Biden era?

Biden and his FBI certainly don’t seem eager to address it. When the president was asked about the hostage situation, during which Akram demanded the release of an imprisoned associate of al Qaeda, Biden said he didn’t have “sufficient information” to understand why it was a synagogue that was targeted, nor “why he was using anti-Semitic & anti-Israeli comments.”

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the Associated Press reported that FBI officials said Akram’s intentions were “specifically focused on [an] issue not connected to the Jewish community.”

That’s an obvious lie. And the agency released a separate statement thereafter promising, “We never lose sight of the threat extremists pose to the Jewish community and to other religious, racial and ethnic groups.”

This is the Biden era. I get the feeling some Jews might be “on edge.”


Texas Synagogue Terrorist’s Brother Says He ‘Was Suffering from Mental Health Issues’

Texas Synagogue Terrorist’s Brother Says He ‘Was Suffering from Mental Health Issues’

The brother of 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, the British national who was shot dead after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue, says his brother suffered from “mental health issues.”

In a statement shortly after learning news of his brother’s death at the hands of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, Gulbar Akram expressed deep sorrow over the events that transpired at Beth Israel synagogue on Saturday.

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS - JANUARY 16: A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on January 16, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas. All four people who were held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue have been safely released after more than 10 hours of being held captive by a gunman. Yesterday, police responded to a hostage situation after reports of a man with a gun was holding people captive. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

A law enforcement vehicle sits near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on January 16, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas. All four people who were held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue have been safely released after more than 10 hours of being held captive by a gunman. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

“It is with great sadness I will confirm my brother Faisal passed away in Texas, USA, this morning,” said Gulbar. “We are absolutely devastated as a family. We can’t say much now as there is an ongoing FBI investigation.”

Malik allegedly took hostages to secure the release of convicted Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqu, a.k.a. Lady al-Qaeda. Gulbar emphasized that his family does not in any way condone violence and expressed sympathy for the victims.

“We would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize wholeheartedly to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident,” he said.

Gulbar added that his brother “was suffering from mental health issues” and did not believe he would have harmed the hostages, admitting that there was nothing his family could say or do to make him surrender.

“Sitting in the incident room all last night at Greenbank until the early hours liaising with Faisal, the negotiators, FBI, etc,” he continued. “And although my brother was suffering from mental health issues, we were confident that he would not harm the hostages.

“There was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender,” he added.

The FBI has yet to label the attack antisemitic, arguing that Malik was not directly targeting the Jewish community when he demanded the release of Lady al-Qaeda.


FBI Claims Attack on Synagogue ‘Not Specifically Related to Jewish Community’

FBI Claims Attack on Synagogue ‘Not Specifically Related to Jewish Community’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claimed Saturday that an attack and hostage-taking by an armed Islamic terrorist at a synagogue near Dallas, Texas, was “not specifically related to the Jewish community,” prompting criticism online.

The terrorist burst into the sanctuary during a Sabbath service at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and took several members of the community hostage, including the rabbi, before being killed by the FBI in a raid Saturday evening.

As Breitbart News reported:

During a press conference later that night, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said the rescue came as the result of “a long, long day of hard work by nearly 200 law enforcement officers from across the region.”

DeSarno said the FBI has identified the now-deceased suspect but said they were not prepared to release his identity Saturday night. He also would not go into the details of the hostage-taker’s motivation.

“We do believe that, from engaging with the subject, he was singularly focused on one issue and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community,” he added. “We will continue to work to find motives and we will continue on that path in terms of the resolution of the incident.”

Many found that claim hard to believe:

The terrorist had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, also known as “Lady Al-Qaeda,” a convicted Islamic terrorist who had tried to kill U.S. soldiers.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Indigenous Friends of Israel: on the Sydney Festival Boycott

Indigenous Friends of Israel: on the Sydney Festival Boycott

Jews are Indigenous to Israel. The boycott of the Sydney Festival by various politically-correct artists over a single Israeli performance in the month-long cultural event is causing division rather than bringing peace.

Terrorist organisation Hamas made a statement late last week regarding the Sydney Festival, according to the Palestinian Information Centre. They said,

“We commend and appreciate this decision that came in solidarity with the Palestinians’ legitimate rights, and in opposition to the Israeli crimes against our Palestinian people.

“We declare our solidarity with the participants who have withdrawn from the festival, and we call on all participants to raise their voices in face of oppression and injustice.”

Munganbana Norman and Barbara Miller said,

“As founders of the Indigenous Friends of Israel, we want to point out that there are lies being circulated about the state of Israel by the BDS movement, Hamas and others. One of these is that Israel is a colonial settler state settled by Jews from Europe.

There has been a Jewish presence in the land for about 4,000 years, with King David taking the throne of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah about 3,000 years ago. This is despite attempts by foreign governments to remove them over the centuries and a concerted current campaign by Hamas to drive Jews into the sea and eradicate Israel.

“Since the state of Israel was reformed in 1948 as the modern state of Israel, there has been migration of Jews from Europe, Africa, Asia, the US etc. who have joined local Jews.

The Jews are Indigenous to the land of Israel. Judea was renamed Syria Palaestina (later called Palestine) by the Romans in AD 135 to eradicate the Jewishness of its name after a Jewish revolt. The Arabs conquered and colonialised Jerusalem in the relatively recent time of AD 636-637. They came from Saudi Arabia.

“The Palestinians are not descendants of the ancient Philistines as some claim. The Philistines were a seafaring people with cultural links to the Aegean Sea near Greece who settled in Gaza in the 12th century BC. They were conquered by Babylonia and disappeared from historical and other records about 5th century BC. Even if the Palestinians were descendants of the Philistines, the Philistines were not Arabs.

“The Bedouins are originally from Arabia and so are Arabs, but are not Indigenous to the land known today as Israel, though they have lived there for some time now. So as Indigenous Friends of Israel, we do not agree that Israel is a colonial power suppressing an Indigenous minority.

“Israel is not a racist, apartheid state. Arab citizens living in Israel have the right to vote and there are Arab MKs i.e., members of the parliament or Knesset. Why is it that the only democracy in the Middle East is so maligned? The answer is antisemitism.

“Those who have boycotted the Sydney Festival have been misled and have aligned themselves with a murderous terrorist organisation. And this is at a time when, through the Abraham Accords, there is increasing cultural and artistic exchange between Israel and Arab nations to promote peace and better understanding. Boycotts will not promote peace; only division.”


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AOC Staffer: Israel a ‘Racist European Ethnostate Built on Stolen Land’

One of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) staffers called Israel a “racist European ethnostate built on stolen land” in one of his social media posts.

Hussain Altamimi is a legislative assistant to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who joined the office last month. He reportedly shared a picture of himself with the Congresswoman on Instagram, adding the caption, “New beginnings,” in November.

Altamimi used his Instagram account to target Israel, a key middle eastern ally to the United States. In a Christmas Eve Instagram story, Altamimi wrote, “Israel is a racist European ethnostate built on stolen land from its indigenous population!”

His caption was added to a post he shared from an account called, “Let’s Talk Palestine,” according to a screenshot obtained by Fox News Digital.

The post he shared criticized Israel further, claiming the country has a “racial hierarchy.”

“This reveals the principle underpinning Israeli apartheid: It’s not about where you’re born. It’s about whether you’re Jewish or non-Jewish. Your ethnicity determines your rights & level in the racial hierarchy,” the post read. “Israel is an exclusive ethnostate, established to serve one ethnic group at the expense of another.”

The Instagram profile for Let’s Talk Palestine lists it as a “nonprofit organization.” The profile features multiple posts dedicated to criticizing Israel, including one that claims Israel is engaging in “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” of Jerusalem’s Palestinian population.

Altamimi’s views seemingly fit in with the congresswoman’s views on Israel. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez criticized Israel this past May, calling it an “apartheid state” and added that “apartheid states aren’t democracies.”



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