Florida official reprimanded for post calling Tlaib a 'martyr'

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib raised her fist in solidarity in front of hundreds gather at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History for the Women's March Michigan on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Hallandale Beach, Fla. — Commissioners in a South Florida city are reprimanding a fellow council member over remarks on a Facebook post about the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Hallandale Beach commissioners voted Wednesday to condemn Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub for writing that U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit, might become “a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.” Tlaib is one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in November.

Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, remains unapologetic, telling commissioners her life is in danger. The Miami Herald reports Lima-Taub told the board that if she’s found dead she holds Commissioner Michelle Lazarow, who sponsored the resolution, responsible.

Lazarow said the controversy has “brought out hate like I have never seen before.”

The resolution reprimands Lima-Taub for “bigotry” and creating an unsafe environment for the Muslim community.

Lima-Taub wrote in a post: “A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”

The commissioner had signed an online petition seeking to remove Tlaib from office and posted it on her Facebook page. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that the post was removed after the newspaper inquired about it.

"It's unfortunate that you have people in elected office that feel the need to spew Islamophobia and hate," Tlaib told The Detroit News in an interview at the U.S. Capitol.

The congresswoman recently ignited her own controversy when she publicly referred to President Donald Trump with an expletive and called for his impeachment. In criticizing Lima-Taub's remarks, Tlaib said on Twitter that such "anti-Muslim rhetoric doesn't happen in a vacuum — this President embraced it, and Republicans have happily gone along with it." 

The Detroit News contributed