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. 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. [emphasis LI] But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.
Those that have been paying attention know that Tlaib, and her Islamist soul mate Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishu West)–I’ve recently written about her here and here–-are freshmen members of Congress, and intent on representing the interests of Islamists, not Americans. Both are virulently anti-Semitic, so Tlaib’s comments, while not specifically anti-Semitic this time, are ahistorical at best:
One of the first to report on Tlaib’s comments, Phillip Klein of The Washington Examiner observed, ‘Tlaib’s claims that her Arab ancestors provided a ‘safe haven’ to Jews after the Holocaust ignores the Jewish presence in the region and efforts to establish a Jewish state that predated the Holocaust, ignores that her ancestors allied with Hitler at the time of the Holocaust, and ignores decades of violence and terrorism directed at Israel both before, during, and after the Holocaust.”
That the Arabs living in pre-state Israel (who would have called themselves ‘Arabs,’ not ‘Palestinians,’) welcomed Jews is an inversion of the historical record. The Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, a Nazi sympathizer, organized pogroms against the Jews and brought pressure on the British to prohibit Jewish immigration to what was then called Palestine, which condemned millions to death.
Tlaib’s blatant historical inversion is an attempt to not just to deny the history, but to cast Palestinians as victims of not just the Europeans, but of the Jews too. It is common for the Palestinians to engage in Holocaust denial. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received his PhD for a paper alleging collaboration between the Zionists and the Nazis.
Mahmoud Abbas, as the leader of the PA, is just one in a succession of Palestinian “leaders,” who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity for peace. Let’s consider a bit more reality from Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:
The first point, portraying Palestinians as the true victims of the Holocaust, is a historically perverse and malicious claim. Six millions Jews died, Jewish communities throughout Europe were wiped out, yet it is the Palestinians — who backed the Nazi effort — who are portrayed as the victims. It is fair to consider this an offshoot of Holocaust Inversion, the attempt to portray the Jewish victims of the Nazis as the Nazis. It’s also a historical theft, an attempt to deprive Jews of their history and to repurpose that history to attack Jews.
The second point, that Palestinians supposedly helped provide safe haven to Jews during and after the Holocaust, is a historical falsehood of immense magnitude. We explored this falsehood in our prior post, pointing out that the Arabs of the British Mandate (who did not refer to themselves at that time as Palestinians, a more recent term), boycotted, slaughtered, and discriminated against Jews throughout the time period, and did everything they could to prevent Jews from finding a safe haven. The Grand Mufti was a strong supporter of Hitler and the extermination of the Jews.
Tlaib’s words were merely inaccurate, deceptive, and entirely in accord with her campaign to delegitimize American support for Israel, demonize the Jewish state, isolate American Jews through allegations of ‘dual loyalty’, whitewash Palestinian terrorism, and generally distract our attention from the facts.
These are present facts, like Tlaib’s fondness for the company of Islamists and apologists for terrorism, or her dubious uniqueness as the only member of Congress who wishes to destroy the Jewish state. They are also historical facts about the Palestinian Arab alliance with Nazi Germany, about pre-1939 Palestinian Arab attempts to nullify the Israeli state-in-the-making by murdering Jewish civilians, about the unceasing Palestinian Arab campaign of murder since 1945 — and about the related propaganda effort, in which Tlaib clearly shares, to erase the Jewish people from history, even though they were ‘Palestinian’ when Christianity was just starting out.
Ilhan Omar may also reasonably be categorized as one who wishes to destroy Israel. And John Hinderaker at Powerline:
I don’t think Rashida Tlaib has any illusions about what happened in the Middle East in the 1940s. I’m sure her grandmother could have explained it to her. Despite her self-description as a flower child devoted to love, Tlaib’s hatreds shine through. She obviously hates Benjamin Netanyahu, who represents the Jewish majority in Israel. She wants to bring about a single state of Arabs and Jews that encompasses Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, along with countless Arabs from surrounding countries who claim a ‘right of return.’ The obvious intent behind that policy preference is to destroy Israel as a Jewish state. Tlaib doesn’t deny this, but assures us that she ‘comes from a place of love.’ That can’t negate the fact that if her policy preferences were effectuated, the Jewish State of Israel would cease to exist. And, of course, her bete noir, Benjamin Netanyahu, would be long gone, if not murdered along with his fellow Israeli Jews.
That is why I think Rashida Tlaib is not as ignorant of history as some have suggested, while at the same time, is more hostile to Jews than others have claimed. There is one Jewish-majority country in the world, and Tlaib wants it to be submerged by an Islamic majority assembled from nearby territories. You can judge for yourself whether that constitutes anti-Semitism.
There is no doubt Arabs and Nazis were allies. There is likewise no doubt Nazis and Jews were not collaborators. There was just no time for that as Nazis were busy murdering every Jew they could find, something about a “Final Solution,” or something like that…
President Trump, who has restored the relationship with Israel Barack Obama did so much to destroy, was not amused:
Democrats, already socialists, and fast becoming the party of Islam, have chosen to support Tlaib, as The New York Post reports:
Democratic leaders were rushing to the defense of freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Monday after she got blasted by Republicans — including President Trump — for comments she madeabout Jews moving into Palestine after the Holocaust.
‘Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,’ tweetedHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi. ‘President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.’
Speaking to The Hill in an email, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said: ‘If you read Rep. Tlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context. They must stop, and they owe her an apology.
Not quite. Mr. Trump and other Republicans are guilty of accurately categorizing Tlaib’s comments, which has Dems riled: how dare he tell the truth about a Democrat?!
Numerous Dems rallied behind Tlaib after Trump fired off his tweet. Her supporters included Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Tlaib and Omar are the only two Muslim women in Congress.
‘This is another transparent attempt to sow division b/t minority communities and distract from your own criminal behavior by smearing a Muslim woman,’ Omar tweeted, referencing her own GOP criticism. ‘No one should fall for it this time.
It is no coincidence socialists ally themselves with genocidal Islamists:
Mr. President: Stop dividing the American people up by their religion, their race or their country of origin–and stop your ugly attacks against Muslim women in Congress,’ tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders. ‘You are taking Rep. @RashidaTlaib’s comments out of context and should apologize.
Readers may take the Powerline link where most of Tlaib’s comments may be found, and a link for the rest resides. As always, I encourage everyone to read the original sources and decide whether Tlaib has been taken out of context, or whether she is an Islamist determined to exterminate Israel. This is why I always provide source links.
Democrats are always claiming they are on the right side of history. In this case, the “right side” would seem to be the side of revisionist history, where genocidal Arabs aligned with Adolf Hitler were the protectors of Jews rather than their exterminators. This right side continues today as the Palestinians Tlaib champions teach their children to murder Jews, and let them out of school to rush the border fence and engage in other acts of war and terror in the hope they’ll be injured or killed. Dead terrorist’s families are bankrolled by the PA, and the international media is always anxious to call dead terrorists innocent victims of Israeli oppression. In fact, they often lie about it.
Much remains to be done in sorting out the corruption of our intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies, but we must retain necessary and non-political counterintelligence capabilities, if for no reason other than keeping an eye on people like Omar and Tlaib, whose loyalty is clearly not to America or her allies.
Note: Go here for the indispensable Victor Davis Hanson’s explanation of the debilitating, Jew-hating insanity of the Democrats/socialists.