Reader Opinion: Insensitive remarks
On the heels of Rep. Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic smears, another freshman congresswoman from the Midwest continued the bad habit.
Less than a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rep. Rashida Tlaib commented that the Holocaust gives her a "calming feeling."
After this poor choice of words, Tlaib discussed her Palestinian ancestors, who she claims were impacted by the Holocaust, all while defending the "one-state solution"— a radical view supported by Hamas terrorists, which effectively means the eradication of Israel.
Tlaib then played the victim, writing in part on Twitter, "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...it was my ancestors who lost their land and some lost their lives..."
Tlaib is a public figure, so we should carefully listen to her words. No one wants to silence her. She is simply inaccurate.
When concentration camp survivors arrived in Israel to reunite with family, Arabs rioted and convinced the British to halt Jewish immigration. Once Israel became a state in 1948, Arab nations declared war on it, fought and lost; they could've had their own state then or many times in the decades since but balked.
The Grand Mufti, Muslim leader of Palestine during World War II, infamously met with Hitler in 1941, where he thanked the Fuhrer for the "great honor he had bestowed" by receiving him. He also conveyed sympathy from the "entire Arab world" for support Hitler had shown in public speeches for the Palestinian cause.
It seems open season for Jew hatred continues. Democratic leadership missed an easy opportunity in March for a resolution specifically condemning anti-Semitism after Omar's rants. Until repercussions for hurtful comments by politicians occur, we're unfortunately likely to see more of this bigotry.