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Jerry Nadler condemns ‘vile’ cartoon shared by Rashida Tlaib along with Trump’s ‘disloyal’ Jews jibe


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler expressed outrage on Twitter about a cartoon about Rep. Rashida Tlaib. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Jerry Nadler slammed President Trump’s remark about Jew being “disloyal” to Israel. But he also condemned fellow Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for sharing a cartoon he claims has a “vile underlying message."

“The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant,” Nadler (D-Manhattan) said.

The senior Democratic lawmaker framed his statement as a condemnation of anti-Semitism on both sides of the political spectrum during a time that support for Israel becomes an issue in the American partisan divide.

Trump’s comments have been condemned as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League because they suggest Jews have or should have a loyalty to Israel along with the U.S.

The cartoon in question is much less clear-cut. It depicts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding his hand over Tlaib’s mouth and Trump doing the same to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), in a comment on Israel’s decision to bar the two lawmakers from visiting the occupied West Bank.

The image was created by cartoonist Carlos Latuff, a prominent Brazilian critic of Israel who has been accused of anti-Semitism before, especially for an image that compared the Israeli wall in the West Bank to the concentration camps of the Holocaust. That image won the dubious honor of placing second in a so-called Holocaust cartoon competition sponsored by Iran.

Nadler’s tweet won praise from some Jewish commentators for taking a principled stand and criticizing bias whether he sees it.

Others called the cartoon legitimate political commentary and said he was wrong to compare it to Trump’s remarks that reflect an age-old anti-Semitic canard.