By Jon Dougherty
As Rep. Rashida Tlaib bitches about getting owned following her stupid, bigoted, anti-Semitic comments over the weekend during a podcast about the Holocaust, a Palestinian scholar has now stepped up to fact-check her like a boss.
You may recall that Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan of Palestinian descent, said when she thinks about the Holocaust, in which six million-plus Jews were slaughtered by Adolph Hitler and his Nazi Party, she gets a “calming feeling.”
“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,” she said.
“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,” Tlaib added.
Continuing, the Michigan Democrat said, “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.”
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Palestinian historian Dr. Adel Manna, a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, told the Left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz regarding Tlaib’s “safe haven” comment, “I don’t know what she meant,” acknowledging that even prior to the Holocaust, Palestinians actively resisted Jewish immigration.
He said, “It was natural that when the Palestinians thought that the danger to their existence was real, they started to resist the Zionist project. From the beginning, it was clear to the Palestinians from the history of other indigenous people that when other colonies come to a country … that they will be marginalized, kicked out or exterminated.”
Haaretz wrote, “ … it was ‘not true’ that Palestinians played any role in creating a ‘safe haven’ for Jews, whose leaders were already planning ‘to occupy their country and transform it into a Jewish state,’ Manna said. Zionist leaders of the time, he added, ‘needed people just as they needed the lands,’ in order to make their ‘settler colonial society strong enough to gain independence and occupy the country.’”
As The Daily Wire adds:
Manna, obviously hostile to Jews, minimized the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin Al Husseini’s collaboration with Hitler, saying Husseini’s support of the Nazis was “unfortunate.”
Manna also took a shot at the United States, suggesting that “as an American [politician] living in the United States, Rashida Tlaib is reminding the Americans that in World War II, when the Jewish needed a country to immigrate to, the U.S. did not open its gates and the Zionist leadership did not help them emigrate to the U.S. — when, after all, the U.S. is much bigger than Palestine. They wanted the Jews to come into Palestine to make Jews a bigger part of the population and transfer it into a Jewish state. So Palestine became the ‘safe haven’ for Jews when America wasn’t.”
Professor Benny Morris, whom Haaretz termed “one of the leading scholars of British Mandatory Palestine, the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the War of Independence in 1948-1949,” added of Tlaib, “Rashida Tlaib is either completely ignorant of the history or is a deliberate liar …
“(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.”
It should be noted that throughout the World War II era, the United States wasn’t allowing many immigrants in at all after having absorbed millions of European immigrants from the late 1800s through about 1920 or so.
As for Tlaib, she’s in self-defense mode now, claiming that anyone who ‘mistook’ her comments is just a Right-wing “idiot.”
Hardly, Rashida; you’re just pissed off because you got caught. Meanwhile, many in her party are demonstrating that they share her anti-Semitism because they are leaping to her defense.
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