Michael Brown: Rashida Tlaib Tries to Rewrite History

We can debate exactly what Rep. Rashida Tlaib meant when she said, “There’s kind of a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust,” since there was a larger context to her words. But what is not debatable is the fact that the larger context of her words is patently false to the point of being ridiculous.

Allow me to explain.

This is the full text of Tlaib’s relevant quote: “There’s kind of a calming feeling I always 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 continued, “I mean, 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, right, and it was forced on them. And so when I think about a one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn’t we do it in a better way?”

When questioned, she emphasized that she was “coming from a place of love, for equality and justice” and that she wanted a “safe haven for Jews.”

At worst, her comments are beyond insensitive and ugly, as if there could be any “calming” effect from thinking about the Holocaust, where 1.5 million Jewish babies and children were slaughtered. Where 90 percent of Poland’s 3.3 million Jews were murdered. Where whole families (including multiple generations) were wiped out. Where fiendish “medical” experiments were performed on Jewish twins, often without anesthesia.

What could possibly be “calming” about any of this?

No wonder that Tlaib received a hail of criticism, from President Trump to other members of the House, to political pundits and commentators.

But what if, giving her the biggest possible benefit of the doubt, she meant to say this? “As horrible as the Holocaust was, what calms me is to know that my people, the Palestinian people, made great sacrifices on behalf of the Jewish people, so they could have a safe haven.”

What if that was her point?

Well, she missed it just as badly here. As CNN’s John King noted, Tlaib “ignored the fact that Palestinian leaders at the time allied themselves with Hitler and that total war is how the Arab world reacted to the declaration of Israeli independence.”

So, not only did they not make sacrifices to create a safe haven for the Jews. They fought tooth and nail against that safe haven.

One of the most prominent Palestinian Arab leaders of the day, the Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was a confidant of Hitler. He was responsible for the first intifada against the Jewish population of Palestine in 1936, and he advocated for the genocide of the Jews. (For more on Al-Husseini, see Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam. The front cover features a famous picture of the two men meeting together.)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown