Hallandale Beach commissioner under fire after anti-Muslim comment

She wrote Muslim congresswoman could 'blow up Capitol Hill'

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – 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."

Lima-Taub could not reached for comment.



Commissioner Mike Butler released a statement stressing the city's diversity.

"Hallandale Beach is a city that celebrates diversity and enjoys the benefits of it. To say that someone might be a terrorist because they're Muslim is just plain wrong. People of all faiths are welcome here in Hallandale Beach," Butler said.

Hallandale Beach is home to Baitful Naseer Mosque and a significant population of Ahmediyya Muslims. 

"We have a really active Muslim community in Hallandale Beach who are always present at city events always working so hard to inspire cultural awareness," Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana said.

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Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.