Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said she gets a “calming feeling” when she thinks about how her Palestinian ancestors gave up their land “to create a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust when Israel was established as a modern state in 1948.
Tlaib made the controversial comments while speaking as a guest on the “Skullduggery” podcast Saturday. She said she supports a one-state solution where Jews and Palestinians live together in unity, but argues Israel’s policies have denied Palestinians dignity.
“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,” Tlaib said around the 28 minute mark.
“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 continued. “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.”
She then said she hopes to see a one-state solution that is not based on Judaism or Islam.
“I don’t want people to do it (create a one-state) in the name of Judaism just like I don’t want people to use Islam in that way. It has to be done in a way that values around equality and around the fact that you shouldn’t oppress others so that you can feel free and safe. Why can’t we all feel free and safe together?”
One of the podcast hosts, Daniel Klaidman, challenged Tlaib on the one-state solution and argued that mathematically if every Palestinian refugee returned to the land of Israel, Jews would immediately become an ethnic and religious minority.
“But Dan, that’s not up to us to decide what it looks like,” Tlaib shot back.
Tlaib’s statements stirred controversy with a number of people accusing her of revising history.
Philip Klein challenged her claim that Palestinians sacrificed their homeland to give Jews a safe place after the Holocaust.
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