Rep. Tlaib defends comments about Palestine, the Holocaust

Rep. Tlaib defends comments about Palestine, the Holocaust

Rashida Tlaib said that thinking of the Holocaust makes her feel "kind of" calm.

"There is something, like, in many ways handsome about that my ancestors, many had died, or had to give up their livelihood, their human dignity, to provide a safe haven for Jews in our world", she said.

Anyone who reads the entire comment can easily see that Tlaib was simply praising her Palestinian ancestors for creating a "safe haven for Jews post the Holocaust" while advocating for freedom, safety, and equality for all involved. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, right, and it was forced on them.

"Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her awful and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust", the president said on Monday.

"There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance", Scalise said in a statement.

On Twitter, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheny, R-Wyoming, called upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to "take action against vile anti-Semitism", and in a Monday tweet, claimed Tlaib was spreading "lies" to "delegitimize the state of Israel".

"Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her awful and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust".

Some went so far as to say that Talaib said the Holocaust gives her a "calming feeling".

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who served under President Barack Obama, said he understands Tlaib "giving voice to Palestinians' sense of loss", but criticized her anti-Israel policy positions and "the odd idea" that Palestinians "welcomed Jews fleeing Europe for a haven".

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, accused Tlaib of trying to edit history with her comments. "They must stop, and they owe her an apology", Hoyer tweeted. "All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably", the freshman lawmaker tweeted Sunday.

In an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Monday night, Tlaib said her grandmother lives in the West Bank, which she described as "the occupied territories of Palestine" and how many of her ancestors "died" or "gave up their livelihood" to provide a safe haven for Jews, which she wanted to "recognize and honor".

PHOTO:Representative Rashida Tlaib speaks during during a press conference at the Capitol, May 9, 2019.

"All of us, regardless of party, must stand as Americans against the evil of anti-Semitism", Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a statement. Liberal New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait complained Tlaib was being criticized for saying something "nice" about Israel, although he wrote in the same article that Tlaib "regrets the establishment of the state of Israel".

He went say there was a "bad faith" argument made Monday that Tlaib was "calmed by the Holocaust", but a "good faith" argument that "maybe your history was not in alignment with everyone else".

Tlaib also denied Skullduggery host Daniel Klaidman's suggestion that she was playing with fire by supporting a one-state solution, because extremists on both sides of the conflict often call for a one-state solution that involves expelling either Arabs or Jews.

Her words sparked ire, especially among conservatives, including Sen. Ted Cruz who told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tlaib's comments were "horrifying." . I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. She already told us how disgusted she was by the original orator, but now she is sounding off on Tlaib's supporters. "The truth will always win".

One aspect of this narrative, best articulated in Columbia University historian Rashid Khalidi's book, "Iron Cage", is the notion that Palestinians were wrong to have accommodated Jews in the decades leading up to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War-what the Palestinians call al nakba, the "catastrophe"-and that they should have fought them instead".



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