Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., At an event Tuesday night, told Jews “I don’t hate you, I absolutely love you,” while warning that anti-Semitism is a twofold issue.
The progressive Squad member associated anti-Semitism with her experience of anti-Muslim sentiment.
“I realized how anti-Semitism was so linked to my freedom, to my right to live in our country as a Muslim, as a child of immigrants,” said Tlaib. “I really realized the connection of the anti-Muslim, anti-blackness, anti-immigrant and Jewish movement that was out there, and … if you open the curtain, it’s the same people who come after us.”
Tlaib spoke at a Jewish Voice for Peace event with New York Times columnist Peter Beinart and Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Temple University. Both Tlaib and Lamont Hill have repeatedly been accused of anti-Semitism.
The event was entitled “Dismantle Anti-Semitism, Win Justice”.
“I also think it’s really important to really center something what I heard from one of my lovely black neighbors, who is teaching me more and more about fighting racism, including anti-Semitism and a lot more, is that there is no hierarchy of who hurts the most, ”said the Michigan congressman, according to Jewish Insider. “When we lead with compassion, we want to focus on the need for everyone to be truly free … and how all that is connected around human dignity.”
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Much of the event focused on anti-Semitism from the right, calling on President Trump and white nationalists in particular, until Beinart admitted that Jewish prejudice was on the left.
“There is anti-Semitism on the left too,” Beinart said. “It is very important that, while fighting the greatest anti-Semitic threat coming from the white nationalist right, we also show great concern to ensure that progressive movements are not tarnished by anti-Semitism.”
“If someone comes through my doors or through any form to push forward anti-Semitism, you’ll hear me say very loudly with my megaphone telling them to leave,” Tlaib said in agreement.
“Peter is right, there is so much – I see in Islamophobia – it is supported by two parties. You see, anti-Semitism, it is largely a matter of the left, of the right … it is a problem in our country. this is what scares them, is when we work together in this way. ”
But after allegations against Tlaib of anti-Semitism, the Israeli government rejected a request from both itself and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., To enter the Jewish state. Referring to their itinerary, Israel claimed their visit was to promote boycotts against the nation.
The nation later allowed her for humanitarian reasons – Tlaib wanted to visit her grandmother – but she canceled the trip.
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Last month, a group opposed to anti-Semitism denounced Tlaib’s call for Palestinian freedom “from the river to the sea”.
That controversial wording has been interpreted by the Anti-Defamation League to show an interest in eliminating the State of Israel.
Rashida Tlaib RT’s [retweets] from the same post that Marc Lamont Hill got into the cans of CNN, ” the account tweeted for StopAntiSemitism.org.
“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free – code to wipe out the State of Israel and its millions of Jews. Reminder – this is a sitting US Congressman.”
Lamont Hill, a former CNN commentator, was fired from the network after a speech he delivered at the United Nations in 2018 with similar comments. Hill denied at the time that he had called for Israel’s destruction.
“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anyone or anything,” he tweeted.
“It was a call for justice both in Israel and in the West Bank / Gaza. The speech said those things very clearly and specifically. No amount of debate will change what I really said or what I meant.”
Subsequently, Tlaib was criticized last year by House Republicans who accused her of describing a ‘calm feeling’ she experienced when she thought about the Holocaust. The congressman said her critics police and “to turn” her words and defended the comments she made.
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“There is always a kind of calming feeling, when I think about the tragedy of the Holocaust, 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 … in the name of creating a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews around the world at the time. And I love that it was my ancestors were provided, in many ways, ”Tlaib had said in an interview with a Yahoo News podcast.