The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has urged the Democratic party to throw out Rep. Rashida Tlaib from the party and from congressial committees.

ZOA, one of the oldest Jewish American associations,  claimed in a statement posted on its website that the congresswoman's closest associates include "convicted terrorists, virulent anti-Semites and rabid conspiracy theorists." ZOA, in its statement cited what it called "newly revealed evidence of her pernicious associates." 

ZOA also posted on its Twitter handle:  "The ZOA calls upon all pro-Israel organizations, Jewish and non-Jewish, and all decent Americans to urge Rep. Rashida Tlaib removal from the Democratic Party and Congressional committees."According to the ZOA article, Tlaib's anti-Israel record was always a well-known fact, even before she was elected in 2018's midterm elections. 

The statement read: “She calls Israel a ‘racist country’ on the basis of the lie that Israel discriminates against those ‘darker skinned,’ supports the destruction of Israel in favor of an Arab-dominated state (“It has to be one state”), ‘absolutely’ backs withholding U.S. aid from Israel, and openly supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is committed to international ostracism and weakening of Israel with a view to its eventual elimination." 

Urging the Democratic party to do the 'only' honorable thing, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark Levenson, said, "It is perfectly clear that Rashida Tlaib is not in the smallest degree ashamed, and has not the slightest inhibition about, being publicly being associated with these anti-Semites, terrorists and glorifiers of Jew-murderers."

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S., according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Anti-Semitic incidents increased 57 percent 2017 from the previous year. Messages like "Hitler was not wrong," "Kill all Jews" and "No Jews" have appeared on synagogues, Jewish graves and homes and school campuses.

Tlaib or the Democratic party are yet to respond to ZOA's call.

Tlaib is no stranger to controversies.  She kicked off her term with  an expletive-laced vow to impeach President Trump.  Tlaib, who is one of the first two Muslim women voted into Congress, has been a long-time critic of Trump. 

The first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, Tlaib's associations with pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah activists have been condemned before.