WASHINGTON D.C. – On twitter U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) criticized what she characterized as “right-wing media” harassment of her sister on Tuesday.
The posts did not name any media outlets or the exact nature of what occurred.
In the first post, Tlaib posted a photo of her sister and her sister’s children with a caption.
…targeting POC. I ran for office, not her. She may be one of the reasons I fight back so hard against racist policies, but she doesn't deserve being harassed, and called on her personal cell phone and at her workplace on daily basis. You are going too far. (2/2)
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 22, 2019
“Right wing media is now targeting my little sister, Layla,” she wrote. “She’s the mother of 3, a published writer & poet and is a sexual assault advocate for survivors like herself. For years she was forced to go through extra screening at the airport b/c of unconstitutional processes …targeting POC.”
In the second post — a continuation of the first — Tlaib said, “I ran for office, not her. She may be one of the reasons I fight back so hard against racist policies, but she doesn’t deserve being harassed and called on her personal cell phone and at her workplace on daily basis. You are going too far.”
According to her LinkedIn profile, Layla Elabed is a coordinator with the sexual assault prevention program at ACCESS, or the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, in Dearborn.
Tlaib has been targeted by critics who have called her anti-Semitic for opposing legislation that could be used against boycotts of Israel intended to improve conditions in Palestine. She has said that boycotts should be protected by the First Amendment.