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US Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

Michigan’s 13th District Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has released another “love message” to leftist Jews in Detroit, this time with a Chanukah message. “Happy early Hanukkah to all of you,” she said. “Your 2020 platform calling for every public official to commit to defunding the occupation in Falastine and fighting antisemitism and white nationalism is one that I can support very strongly. Please consider me as your partner here in the United States Congress, as well as back home in the 13th District.”


The Israel Advocacy Movement, meanwhile, had a detailed response to the Congresswoman’s message.

“This is gross,” said a representative of the Israel Advocacy Movement. “Why can’t she just wish us Happy Chanukah? Would she say ‘Happy Ramadan to all the Muslims fighting the Islamic occupation of Mecca’ or ‘Happy Christmas to all the Catholics fighting the Catholic occupation of the Vatican?’ “No. She’d just say Happy Ramadan or Happy Christmas. Yet here she is hijacking a Jewish festival to attack Jews, and here’s the irony of it all:

“Chanukah actually celebrates Jews fighting off a foreign army that was occupying Judea. Where’s Judea, you might ask? Well, it made up most of the West Bank and when the Romans conquered Judea from the Jews they renamed it to erase its Jewish roots. Places like Shechem became Neapolis and the wider region, including Judea, became Syria Palestina.

“Which leads us back to Rashida.

“It’s most likely Rashida belongs to the Harb tribe from Arabia, hence her maiden name, ‘Harbi.’ When the Islamic armies came from Arabia and conquered Israel they adopted the Roman names. Neapolis became Nablus. Syria Palestina became Falestine.

“Did you catch that?

“Rashida’s celebrating Jewish independence in Judea by describing the Jews that live there as occupiers.

“If she finds Jews living in the West Bank so offensive, It’s probably best to skip the Chanukah message,” he added.

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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.