During the recent Hamas attack on Israel, a Palestinian flag and an LGBT flag remained outside of Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib’s office in Washington, D.C. The flags were a symbol of Tlaib’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and the LGBTQ+ community.
The Hamas attack on Israel was a series of rocket attacks that occurred in May 2023. The attacks were in response to the Israeli government’s decision to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Tlaib is a Palestinian-American politician who has been a vocal critic of the Israeli government. She has called for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and has expressed support for the Palestinian right to self-determination.
Tlaib is also a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. She has spoken out against discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and has called for equal rights for all Americans.
Washington Examiner reporter Reese Gorman first reported Monday on the Palestinian flag outside Tlaib’s office. The post has already garnered millions of views.
“Rep. Rashida Tlaib still has a Palestinian flag hanging outside her House Office amid Hamas’ invasion of Israel,” Gorman captioned the image.
Matthew Foldi, a reporter for The Spectator, said the story is “actually even funnier,” posting a photo of Tlaib’s LGBT flag near the Palestinian flag.
“Right next to the flag of the nonexistent country of ‘Palestine,’ Rashida Tlaib has an LGBT flag—I just took this pic,” Foldi captioned his post. “This is a contradiction so irreconcilable that I won’t bother.”
Tlaib has faced criticism in the past for comments about Israel. In January, the Democrat posted about Israel and some Americans allegedly supporting “apartheid.”
“Palestinians may be banned from flying their flag under an apartheid government, but we can still proudly do it at my office,” she wrote. “I’m proud to be a Palestinian American and I want the Palestinian people to know that not all Americans support apartheid. No one can erase our existence.”
New: Rep. Rashida Tlaib still has a Palestinian flag hanging outside her House Office amid Hamas’ invasion of Israel.
— Reese Gorman (@reesejgorman) October 9, 2023
This is a great @reesejgorman story, but it’s actually even funnier
Right next to the flag of the nonexistent country of “Palestine,” Rashida Tlaib has an LGBT flag—I just took this pic
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) October 9, 2023