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President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump has joined the conversation about Congressional lawmaker Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and her repeated anti-Semitic remarks, most of which are aimed at Israel and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Tlaib’s most recent faux pas involved her failed attempt to rewrite the history of Jewish immigration to Israel after the Holocaust, which has prompted a firestorm of protest and outrage from not only Jews, but also Christians and Muslims.

“Democratic Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitve statement on the Holocaust,” wrote President Trump in a tweet Monday afternoon. “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?”

It’s a good point. 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 takes no imagination at all to come up with that image.

Likud Knesset member Michal Shir, newly elected to Israel’s parliament, also responded to Tlaib’s latest fantasy that Palestinian Arabs had provided a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust, suggesting she study history and then thank the Israel Defense Forces.

“I suggest Congresswoman Tlaib open up a history book once in a while,” MK Shir said. “The Arabs refused to recognize the right of the Jews to this state, and the Palestinians certainly aren’t willing to recognize it today,” she said. “The state defends its Muslims citizens from ISIS, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, which are just waiting for the opportunity to strike.

“I think Ms. Tlaib should thank the IDF.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.