Democratic Leaders Back Congresswoman Tlaib After Holocaust Comments

Rep. Rashida Tlaib

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In response to a question about her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Tlaib said in an interview released Friday that she has a "calming feeling" when she thinks about the Holocaust, because her Palestinian ancestors "lost their land" and "lost their lives" in an effort "to create a safe haven for Jews" in the Middle East after the Holocaust.

"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", she continued.

"Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her disgusting and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust", Trump tweeted. Tlaib said. "I am humbled by the fact that it was my ancestors that had to suffer for that to happen, but I will not turn my back and allow others to hijack it and say that it's some extremist approach because they're coming from a place of. whatever it is. of division, inequality". "They must stop, and they owe her an apology", Hoyer tweeted. "We can smell it from far away that, no, you don't want to look at my grandmother in the eye, Netanyahu, and say, 'You are equal to me".

The Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, joined with congressional Republicans and conservative pundits to condemn Tlaib's remarks, which the congresswoman said Monday they have taken out of context on goal.

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Yair Rosenberg, a writer for the online Jewish magazine Tablet, said Ms. Tlaib's comments were historically inaccurate but not anti-Semitic.

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"I think most fourth graders know what the Holocaust was, and she apparently doesn't", Cheney added, before directing the Fox audience to read this article in the New York Post upending Tlaib's narrative about her ancestors. "Shame on GOP leadership for weaponizing antisemitism & Jewish trauma to attack progressive leaders of color and push Islamophobia". In the past, Tlaib has criticized Israel and the USA approach to the issue, and called for one state for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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". In essence, she acknowledged that though the Palestinian people were dispossessed as a effect of Israel's founding, the fact that many Jews found a safe haven in the process has to be entered into the ledger too.

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"I'm sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus", Cheney said when asked if she'll issue an apology.

Before the Holocaust, the League of Nations-a body similar to the United Nations-sanctioned Jewish return, and in 1922 the Jewish people formed an autonomous government. Cheney tweeted, "And her "history" of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel". MoveOn.org slammed Cheney, Trump and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise for trying to "politicize the Holocaust".

Tlaib shot back in a tweet and a statement that Republicans were twisting her words.

Rep. Lee Zeldin attacked Tlaib on Monday and said that her words are a "heart filled with darkness, and how the Holocaust began in the first place". "The truth will always win".

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Tlaib, a freshman Democrat of Palestinian heritage and Muslim faith, has criticized Israel and the U.S. approach to the issue, and called for one state for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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