Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) landed in hot water after making misleading statements about the Palestinian response to the Holocaust.
During an interview on the Yahoo podcast “Skullduggery,” Tlaib claimed thinking about the Palestinian response to the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” because she thinks the Palestinian people gave Jews a “safe haven” in Israel.
Listen to the podcast (starts at 28:00):
“There’s, you know, there’s 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. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”
As Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner noted, there are several misleading claims being made by Tlaib about the innocence of the Palestinian response to the Holocaust and her claim that they created a “safe haven” for Jews.
- Tlaib claimed that the Israeli land was solely that of the Palestinian people prior to the Holocaust, but Jews had been migrating there since the 1880s.
- Most Arabs rejected the formation of a Jewish state in Israel following the Holocaust, rejecting Tlaib’s statement that the Palestinians created a Jewish “safe haven.”
- The Palestinian leader during the Holocaust, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Amin al-Husayni, met with Adolf Hitler and openly supported the Axis powers.
- The Palestinian people have been involved in countless attacks on Israel, including the Six Day War in 1967 and rocket attacks last weekend.
In response to Tlaib’s claims, many conservatives took to Twitter to call out her words. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) even called on Democratic leadership in the House to condemn Tlaib’s comments.
Surely now @SpeakerPelosi & @LeaderHoyer will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” https://t.co/opUUNEol2d
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 12, 2019
Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a 'calming feeling,' shockingly claims Palestinians created 'safe haven' for Jews. https://t.co/U6FaDQhNfq
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 12, 2019
My goodness, this is horrifying. From a member of Congress. In 2019. While we were all marveling at the antisemitic depths to which Ilhan Omar will sink, Rashida Tlaib swings for the fences. https://t.co/ybrV4tEhvM
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 12, 2019
Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) called Tlaib’s comments “twisted and disgusting” in a statement to Fox News.
“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance. More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact. Unfortunately, this is far from the first display of heinous anti-Semitic comments coming from Democrat House members this year, and it’s clear this is now the norm for their caucus. It’s long past time for Speaker Pelosi to take swift action and make it clear that these vile comments have no place in Congress.”
In response to the outrage, Tlaib claimed that her words were being taken out of context. She clarified that she doesn’t see the Holocaust as “calming” and repeatedly condemned the atrocities. The congresswoman didn’t address the factual accuracy of her claims about Palestine creating a “safe haven.”
Statement on lies being spread regarding Congresswoman Tlaib's appearance on Yahoo's SkullDuggery Podcast. pic.twitter.com/fBASeibLwV
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) May 13, 2019
Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably. I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 13, 2019
Tlaib’s response didn’t cut it for many. Several questioned how Republicans were “twisting” her words if they were using her exact quotes from the podcast.
Repeating her words verbatim is now “twisting and turning” them. https://t.co/iostVdb2Sk
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 13, 2019
Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, “There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.” And her “history” of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. https://t.co/5akpUSApIE
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
“The truth will always win,” says the woman who literally relabeled the sovereign nation of Israel with the legally fictitious name “Palestine” on her congressional office map. https://t.co/QJO96Lujoo
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) May 13, 2019
This is not the first time Tlaib has been in hot water since entering Congress. She also faced backlash when an article she wrote for known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan resurfaced and she met with another known anti-Semite, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, in her Congressional office.