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Hallandale Beach commissioner under fire after anti-Muslim comment

By By: TIM SWIFT, SAIRA ANWER, For ABC / WPLG Local 10 News, On 28 January 2019, Read Original
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Hallandale Beach commissioner under fire after anti-Muslim comment: She wrote Muslim congresswoman could 'blow up Capitol Hill' By: TIM SWIFT, SAIRA ANWER | ABC Local 10 News A Hallandale Beach city commissioner is being widely condemned after she wrote online that a newly elected Muslim congresswoman could "become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill." City Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub called for the removal of U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, with a petition on Facebook saying "a Hamas-loving anti-Semite has no place in government!" and calling her a "danger." Tlaib recently made headlines for using profane language in her vow to impeach President Donald Trump. Lima-Taub's critics didn't take issue with the commissioner signing the petition, but with the attached comment. "This is a black eye of our community, and I would like to see us move forward," Commissioner Michele Lazarow said. "I don't know if that's possible, which is unfortunate." Lima-Taub's comments made national headlines and Tlaib herself weighed in on Twitter, saying the remark was "hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric." Wilfredo Ruiz with the Florida chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations said his group is calling for Lima-Taub's resignation, saying xenophobia has no place in an elected office. "This is something that we -- the broader community, not only the Muslim community -- are tired of," Ruiz said. "And that's why we are very firm in asking this elected official Lima-Taub not only for her apology but for her immediate resignation from office."