Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan.) is being questioned about her comments on the Holocaust by a Palestinian historian, who said he has no clue about where she got the idea that Palestinians offered a "safe haven" for Jews after being freed from Nazi Germany’s concentration camps at the conclusion of World War II.
Appearing to put her foot in her mouth as often as Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, Tlaib is under fire for more perceived anti-Semitic remarks and for rewriting history to portray the Palestinians as befriending Jews and Islam as a religion of peace.
Sarcasm, truth, deception, ignorance or truth?
The Muslim Democrat from Michigan is using her last apparently fallacious and anti-Semitic narrative to play the victim card – saying President Donald Trump and conservatives are misinterpreting her words, but even a fellow Muslim – a Palestinian historian is shrugging his shoulders with raised brows after her last commentary on Israel, the Jews and Palestinians.
“There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors – Palestinians – who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports," Tlaib said, as quoted by Fox News from a Skullduggery podcast. "And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust,post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them."
Even the left-leaning pro-Palestinian media observed Tlaib’s misrepresentation of history and the Palestinians, which was quickly pointed out by the conservative media.
“Okay – that’s a very poor choice of words,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa insisted. “Also, it omits a key point here: the Palestinians sided with the Nazis. CNN’s John King aptly noted this on his program this week.”
In fact, no historical evidence- from the Christian, Jewish or Muslim world … or anywhere else for that matter – corroborates her obviously inaccurate and preposterous account that defies thousands of years of conflict between the two people groups.
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr. Adel Mana, a Palestinian historian, was absolutely confounded by Tlaib’s claim that the Palestinians tried to create a safe haven for Jews after World War II.
“I don’t know what she meant,” Manna said, according to Haaretz.
The Israeli daily could not find a single authority on the matter who corroborated Tlaib’s tall tale.
“Both Israeli and Palestinian scholars told Haaretz that they had great difficulty embracing any view of history in which the Palestinians played any part in providing a ‘safe haven’ for Jewish refugees of the Holocaust” Haaretz reported.
Prof. Benny Morris – one of the leading scholars of the creation of Israel of a nation in 1948, the British Mandatory Palestine and the War of Independence in 1948–1949 argues that Tlaib has her history exactly backwards.
“Rashida Tlaib is either completely ignorant of the history or is a deliberate liar,” Morris contended, according to Haaretz. “Tlaib’s ancestors [the Palestinians] did nothing to alleviate the suffering of the Jews at Nazi hands. Rather, the opposite: The Arabs of [British Mandatory] Palestine, during the whole period – and supported by the neighboring Arab states – did all they could to prevent Jews trying to escape Nazi hands from reaching the (relatively safe) shores of Palestine.”
The Israeli paper noted Morris’ account that if anyone was opposed to the Jews returning to the Holy Land, it was the Palestinians.
“The anti-British and anti-Zionist revolt launched by Palestinian Arabs between 1936 and 1939 both deterred European Jews from escaping to Mandatory Palestine and motivated the British rulers to prevent more refugee Jews from entering Palestine so as not to inflame the Arabs, Morris said,” Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer noted.
Not only were the Palestinians vehemently opposed to the Jews setting foot in the land God had promised them – they wanted to finish the job fascist German leader Adolf Hitler began by killing more than 6 million Jews.
“[The leader of the Palestinian Arab nationalist movement, Haj Amin al-Husseini, during his exile in Berlin from 1941–1945,] called for the massacre of Jews in the Arab world on Nazi radio stations – an anti-Jewish ‘jihad’ – and helped the Nazis recruit Muslims from the Balkans for the SS and Wehrmacht,” Morris informed.
Vespa corroborated the Middle East historians’ interpretation of Jewish-Palestinian relations at the time.
“The right of return would destroy Israel as well – there’s not a single lefty in Israel who would back such a policy,” the conservative reporter impressed. “Also, when the State of Israel was created in 1948 – via UN mandate a year prior – the reaction from Arab states was, well, similar to that of the Nazis: kill them all.”
History textbooks show that the Palestinians have tried to take control of Israel ever since the returning Jews stepped foot back in the Holy Land after being scattered across the Earth for 2,000 years, as foretold in the Bible.
“Israel had to fight three wars with the Arab states to ensure her survival, [s]o, obviously, there was no era of good feelings here,” Vespa continued. “Even Palestinian scholars are confused about Tlaib’s remarks – with one scholar flatly saying he has no idea what the congresswoman is saying. It seems on this subject, both Israeli and Palestinian historians agree: Tlaib’s rosy picture of Arabs just providing a ‘safe haven’ for Jews [is complete fiction].”
Yet another Israeli historian and writer, Tom Segev, was perplexed by Tlaib assertion that Palestinians benevolently set up a “safe haven” for Jews leaving Hitler’s European concentration camps.
“I have never heard anybody say that before,” Segev told Haaretz. “I really can’t imagine that any Palestinian shares that noble sentiment [of being calmed at the notion of a Jewish] safe haven [being created with such a high price. I really want to give her the benefit of the doubt that she really meant it, but to me – and maybe I’m cynical – it sounded like an attempt to be ironic or sarcastic.”
Benefit of the doubt? … not with her history
The historians interviewed also noted that Tlaib’s latest words are under the tightened scrutiny from conservatives because of history of blatant anti-Semitic remarks.
“[A] few of these scholars interviewed … also noted that the backlash against Tlaib was hyper-political and partisan,” Vespa pointed out. “Sorry, you just can’t trust people, like Tlaib, when it comes to these issues based on her resume, which isn’t pretty.”
The social media world also took Tlaib’s bad intentions at face value.
“This is a Democrat who said anti-Semitic things about the Holocaust retweeting another Democrat who loves anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and refuses to condemn him,” Matt Wolking tweeted Monday – followed up by a second tweet providing proof of her close connection with perhaps one of the most notorious anti-Semites on the planet was not discounted. “Rep. @RashidaTlaib wrote for @LouisFarrakhan’s publication in 2006.”
More than a decade later, Tlaib is now serving in public office in Washington D.C. with the House of Representatives, where she has been tag-teaming with fellow Muslim anti-Semite. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-Minn.) – a Somali refugee – to keep the Democratic Party in hot water over the issue, but the “party of tolerance” has been hesitant to fully condemn the blatant anti-Semitism frequently aired by the Islamic congresswomen.
“Like her partner in crime, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has once again ventured into territory that engulfed her and her party in controversy again,” Vespa recounted. “Are Democrats vying to be the party of anti-Semitism? They’re working very hard in cornering that market.”
Heading into the 2020 election, Democrats appear reluctant to jeopardize their pro-Muslim image that condemns criticism of jihadists and “Islamophobic” in their campaign to label Republicans and other conservatives at “haters,” “intolerant,” “racists” and even “white supremacists.”
“Omar has a long history of peddling anti-Semitic tropes; her latest gave Nancy Pelosi a migraine when she accused supporters of Israel of exhibiting dual loyalty,” Vespa stressed. “A resolution condemning anti-Semitism was drafted and then diluted because not all Democrats were on board. They felt it was unfair to single out Omar. Yep, the Democratic Party had trouble drafting a simple resolution lamming hate speech. Omar hasn’t apologized, and now with Tlaib’s remarks about the Holocaust, the Democratic leadership has decided to not dither and circle the wagons around her.”