Rep. Rashida Tlaib came under heavy backlash after remarks on Israel that shouldn’t have been so surprising.
The Michigan Democrat set herself up for a torrent of criticism following an eye-popping tweet accusing The New York Times of “dehumanizing” Palestinians.
“When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free?” the Muslim congresswoman tweeted Sunday, slamming the Times for its headline and article published the day before about the exchange of attacks between Israel and Palestinians.
When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine https://t.co/p3X3j8WtwM
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019
“Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families,” she added with the hashtag #FreePalestine.
According to The New York Times piece:
Palestinian militants launched about 250 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes and tank fire against targets across the Palestinian territory, as tensions along the volatile border boiled over and a fragile cease-fire faltered again.
Four Palestinians — including one militant, another man, a pregnant woman and her young daughter — were killed in Israeli strikes on Saturday, according to Gaza Health Ministry officials. That would bring the total number of Gazans fatally struck by Israeli fire since Friday to eight.
Israel blasted terrorist “propaganda” for blaming the deaths of the pregnant mother and her daughter on Israeli attacks, asserting that a Gaza misfire was, in fact, to blame, according to a tweet from the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis.
The Israel Defense Forces also shared videos online of stray rockets being fired into the country, some of them hitting cars.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019
A video of the efforts against the terrorists group, Hamas, was also shared.
PRECISION STRIKE: Earlier today, we targeted Hamed Ahmed Khudari in Gaza. He was responsible for transferring Iranian money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The funds were used to build the hundreds of rockets recently fired at Israel. Iran will need to find a new money man in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/2mv1oXLaB7
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019
But Tlaib and those who agree with her logic slammed Israel for launching airstrikes in order to defend its people from rockets being launched at civilians by Hamas.
Holy s**t!!@RashidaTlaib is justifying the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) May 5, 2019
This is nothing short of a US Congress member justifying terrorism. Hamas wouldn’t have to lob 100s of rockets into civilians areas of Israel if the Israeli gov’t wasn’t “oppress[ing] & target[ing] Palestinian children and families.” https://t.co/QYWiRzgPnY
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) May 5, 2019
Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was no sooner sworn into office in January when she made headlines for her profane declaration about impeaching President Trump.
Her positions on Israel and ties to anti-Israel figures have come under scrutiny, revealing deep anti-Semitic connections with her even being called out for following an anti-Semitic Instagram page that called Jews vermin and “unwanted” people. A map in her U.S. Congressional office even shows Israel covered with a sticky note that says “Palestine.”
Tlaib’s tweet on Sunday was slammed by many, including members of the media, for her apparent justification of the violence against Israel.
Democrats excuse the murder of Jews https://t.co/RiLaxYwIy9
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 5, 2019
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib approve this message: https://t.co/QQv6w2UAnk
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 6, 2019
Some even killing Palestinian kids when they fall short because your terrorist friends don’t care
Stop the terrorism first
Then we can talk https://t.co/hW5jvwERm5
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) May 5, 2019
This is the exact opposite of the truth.
Hamas targets Israeli civilians, while hiding behind Palestinian civilians.
Israel targets Hamas combatants and minimizes civilian casualties.
Rashida Tlaib is an apologist for terror who wants Israel destroyed. https://t.co/s2sqdXGUaR
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) May 5, 2019
Congresswoman spreading Hamas lies. No matter how much restraint Israel shows they’re condemned by the likes of Tlaib who have a fundamental issue with the country’s existence. No other country in the Middle East is held to same standard as Israel. https://t.co/WUsitzNapA
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 5, 2019
And many more wondered how long Democrats would stay silent.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 5, 2019
Remember when ppl tried to argue that Tlaib and Omar were consistent advocates of human rights and not simply antisemites looking for an excuse? Good times.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 5, 2019
Congresswoman Tlaib referred to the Palestinians as “our people.”If it was a mistake,then say so quickly. If not what is Pelosi going to do?They are being empowered to push this agenda by Dem fear of them.Another Omar-like condemnation of saying any bad words would be ludicrous.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 6, 2019
The Democratic Party has embraced and publicized the anti-Semitism of Omar and Tlaib. Now would be the time for decent Democrats to speak out before they become the new Labour Party. https://t.co/MW5ttoGT6o
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 5, 2019
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