WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib Monday for comments she made that many have said are both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Tlaib (D-Mich.) made the comments in an interview with the Yahoo News Podcast “Skullduggery,” that aired on Friday.
Tlaib said: “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 added: “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.”
House GOP leaders slammed Tlaib for the comments.
But the freshman lawmaker refused to back down.
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 is of Palestinian descent and is a frequent critic of Israel. She and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Omar also is a harsh critic of Israel. She has been accused of making anti-Semitic comments on several occasions.
The State of Israel was established in 1948. The Holocaust ended in 1945 with the defeat of Nazi Germany.
From 1917 to 1948, then-Palestine, was part of the British Empire. Prior to that, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1938, Britain decided to restrict Jewish immigration to Palestine at the request of Arab leaders. Their request was a response to the large number of European Jewish refugees who had settled in the region.
However, Jews have lived in what is now Israel since biblical times.
At no time in history has a sovereign Palestinian state existed.