By CNN: Rashida Tlaib's revisionist Holocaust comments get fact-checked

By CNN: Rashida Tlaib's revisionist Holocaust comments get fact-checked

Rashida Tlaib defended her recent comments about Israel and the Holocaust Sunday after drawing criticism from top Republicans and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, accusing her detractors of purposefully mischaracterizing her remarks.

Speaking on the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery," US Representative from the Democratic Party, Rashida Tlaib, discussed the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the familiar provocative manner she had been criticized for on multiple occasions in the past.

"Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her awful and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust", Trump said in a tweet. "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", she added.

The ZOA had said: "She calls Israel a "racist country" on the basis of the lie that Israel discriminates against those "darker skinned, ' supports the destruction of Israel in favor of an Arab-dominated state ("It has to be one state"), 'absolutely" backs withholding USA aid from Israel, and openly supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is committed to global ostracism and weakening of Israel with a view to its eventual elimination".

Tlaib tweeted: "Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. They must stop, and they owe her an apology", Hoyer tweeted.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise also condemned Tlaib for the "vile comments" and called on House speaker Nancy Pelosi to take "swift action" against her.

Tlaib went on to blame Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for eliminating the prospects of a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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The Tlaib comments controversy is the latest in a line of recent accusations of anti-Semitism being lobbed from both sides of the U.S. political divide. In fact, what would happen if the roles were reversed, and President Trump - or even Jewish lawmakers - were to say such things about Muslims or blacks, or both?

It's not clear from Tlaib's remarks whether she means that Palestinians welcomed Jews seeking refuge from Nazi Europe, or that despite the injustices she says were done to the Palestinians, she takes comfort in the idea that Jews fleeing Nazis found refuge in Palestine.

But Tlaib's reference to a "calming feeling" in relation to the Holocaust's aftermath is what has most drawn ire and upset.

"No", Tlaib said. "I'm coming from a place of love, for equality".

Similar accusations of anti-Semitism were leveled against Ilhan Omar, who after Tlaib is the only other Muslim in Congress, after she said earlier this year that American support for Israel was driven by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group. "Unfortunately, we are not seeing it from President Trump nor his Republican Party".

"Give it up, we all know you never met a Muslim you didn't want to vilify!", Omar responded later in the day. "Who doesn't want to be safe?" I have to assume that if a Republican had talked about a "calming feeling ... when I think of the Holocaust", they would be absolutely torched by the media, context be damned.

"No matter how perversely they try to twist their words, they're not going to bully Rashida Tlaib or any of the other bold, unapologetic progressive women of color into sitting down and shutting up", said CEO Yvette Simpson.

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