Joe Kaufman is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Chairman of the Joe Kaufman Security Initiative. He was the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Republican Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (Florida-CD23).
Orlando, Florida-based Democrat operative and Rashida Tlaibstaffer Rasha Mubarak has a soft spot for bloodthirsty terrorists.She uses her claim of “Palestinian heritage” to make common cause and to glorify them, justifying suicide bombings and aiming rockets at Jewish civilian neighborhoods. Last month,her affinity towards murder and mayhem was displayed in her retweeting of a Hamas media site celebrating the hunger strike of a Hamas terrorist. Mubarak’s notable and influential position in politics demands this information be exposed.
Hamas or the Islamic Resistance Movement was founded in 1987, during the first Palestinian Intifada, a violent uprising against Israel. According to its covenant, Hamas opposes Israel’s existence in any form. The group believes its (untenable) goal of replacing the Jewish state with one that practices Islam can only be achieved through violence, and it has been responsible for the murders of hundreds of Israeli civilians. Since 2007, when the group expelled the ruling Fatah Party, Hamas has had de facto control over the Gaza Strip and rules over the citizens of Gaza employing torture and capital punishment, while offering no recognition of civil rights.
Hamas has a number of media affiliates. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), one of them is the Quds News Network (QNN). QNN refers to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants as “freedom fighters,” promotes Hamas rallies, mourns Hamas deaths, publishes Hamas statements, and this past May, produced a video honoring the “achievements” of Hamas and PIJ in advancement of tactics and weapon technologies. In November 2019, Twitter suspended QNN’s account, following a letter sent by members of US Congress to social media outlets asking to remove all entities linked to Hamas and Hezbollah.
On November 6th, Rasha Mubarak retweeted a post made by QNN in praise of a Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner, Fatah member Kayed Fasfous, for standing with fellow hunger-striker, Hamas member Miqdad Qawasmeh, who has a page devoted to him on Hamas’ official website. The tweet depicts Fasfous in a hospital bed next to a photo of Qawasmeh. Both were detained, according to Israel, to prevent terror attacks. Militants held in Israeli jails stage hunger strikes and use sympathy-grabbing photo ops from Israeli hospital beds to gain early releases. QNN ended the post with “#FreeThemAll,” QNN’s call for all Palestinian terrorists to be set free.
Less than a week later, Mubarak celebrated Qawasmeh’s negotiated release from prison with a Twitter post of him smiling from another hospital bed, Mubarak stating “God is great.” The deal has the Hamas member getting out in February2022. Mubarak then added her own “#FreeThemAll.” In November 2020, Mubarak did the same, when she tweeted a graphic of then-jailed PIJ leader Maher al-Akhras (also in a hospital bed) with the caption, “FREE THEM ALL.”
Mubarak’s support for terrorists is not just limited to those on hunger strikes in hospital beds.
In August 2014, at the end of the 2014 Gaza War, along with photos of a jubilant Hamas, who had bizarrely just declared victory over Israel, Mubarak tweeted, “Thousands of people celebrating in the streets of Gaza for the victory. Alhamdulillah. #VictoryForGaza.”
In June and July 2020, Mubarak posted memorials onto her Twitter and Facebook pages for car-ramming terrorist Ahmed Erekat, who was shot and killed after attempting to run over a female Israeli border officer, at a checkpoint east of Jerusalem.
This past March, Mubarak tweeted a video honoring deceased Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) spokesman Ghassan Khanafani as a “martyr.” Khanafani was responsible for the May 1972 Israel Lod Airport massacre, which left 26 innocents dead, including 17 Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico. On the video, Khanafani is adamant about the fact that his group refuses to engage in any peace talks with Israelis, even if lives would be saved as a result, saying it would amount to “capitulation.”
And on September 11th, a date most hold in contempt for terrorists, Mubarak once again shilled for operatives from PIJ, when she wrote admiringly of the six widely reported mostly PIJ Palestinian prisoner escapees from an Israeli jail. She stated, “The Palestinian diaspora is grieving today as a total of 4 of the 6 Palestinian political prisoners from #thegreatescape were detained. Nonetheless, the hope these 6 Palestinian freedom fighters have offered us, will not be short lived – we will resist to exist.”
Though support for terrorists from someone living in the United States is no doubt a problem, an even greater problem is the fact that Mubarak harbors these views while holding positions of political influence. Indeed, Mubarak has served as a National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party and the Finance Director for US Representative Rashida Tlaib. Regarding Tlaib, Mubarak’s consulting firm, Unbought Power, has received $140,000 from the Congresswoman, nearly $70,000 of that coming from this current election cycle. Tlaib has even told Mubarak that she – Mubarak – is, one day, going to run for political office, herself.
There is zero chance that Representative Tlaib will do anything to halt Mubarak’s actions, as Tlaib has been cited and continues to engage in similar acts. Regardless, Mubarak’s behavior should be seen as anathema to the Democratic Party.Unfortunately, the party has trouble speaking out about Tlaiband even throws its support behind her, so why would it do so against her staffer? Consequently, this author is left to continue to sound the alarm on Mubarak’s extremism, in hopes that, one day, the party wakes up and does the right thing. And given that Mubarak is being groomed for political office by Tlaib, exposing these evils is even more crucial.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.