Tlaib’s latest anti-Semitic invective continues bad trend – Guest Contributor Ari Kaufman

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On the heels of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s multiple anti-Semitic smears I’ve written about, a fellow freshman congresswoman in the Midwest continues the bad habit. 

An old rule of debate is the first person to use a Holocaust analogy loses. Perhaps Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) never learned this rule.

Less than a week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, she commented, among other things during a fawning left-leaning Yahoo podcast entitled “From Rashida With Love,” that thinking about the Holocaust gives her a “calming feeling.”

A BDS supporter, Tlaib went on to say that her Palestinian ancestors were impacted by the Holocaust’s aftermath, all while defending the one-state solution to theoretically resolve tensions between Palestinians and Israelis.
{It should be noted that the “one state solution” is an absurd, deadly policy supported only by extremists like Hamas terrorists. It effectively means the eradication of Israel, the first and only home of world Jewry after thousands of years of persecution. That is a genocidal policy supported by a U.S. politician.}
After her horrific rhetoric Tlaib, like Omar, conveniently played the victim and predictably engaged in straw man attacks, 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 — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways…”
Rashida Tlaib is a public figure, and like any politician, we will carefully listen to and closely analyze her words. No one wants to silence her. She knows this and her feckless comments do her a disservice. 
As to the substance, her claims are simply inaccurate. Palestinians did not “lose” anything after World War II. 
Once liberated concentration camp survivors left the nightmare of war-ravaged Europe, many of these Jews journeyed to their Biblical homeland of Israel to reunite with long-lost family and friends. Rather than greeting them, as Tlaib’s revisionism would have us believe, Arabs quickly rioted and convinced the compliant British to halt Jewish immigration. 
As soon as Israel finally and legally became a state in 1948, Arab countries quickly declared war on the new nation. They fought, and Israel miraculously prevailed. Since then, Palestinians could’ve had their own state many times, yet their belligerent leaders always refused, since the ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel, not peace. 
Jews were also in the Holy Land at least a thousand years before Arabs existed and constituted the majority in sparsely-populated Jerusalem since the early 19th century, as well as a clear majority along the Mediterranean coast since the 1910s. Arabs were a very small group in an area basically destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years before. 
And were regional Arab leaders three generations ago philo-Semitic, as Tlaib may have us believe? No, the precise opposite is true.
Haj Amin al-Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Muslim leader of Palestine during the Second World War), infamously met with Adolf Hitler late in 1941, where he thanked the Fuhrer for the “great honor he had bestowed” by receiving him. He also conveyed thanks, sympathy and “admiration from the entire Arab world” for support Hitler had shown in public speeches for the Arab and “especially the Palestinian cause.”
Indeed the Mufti sought a “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” just as much as the Nazis did.
Whether in America or Europe, open season for Jew hatred seemingly continues. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat leadership inexplicably missed an easy opportunity in March for a resolution specifically condemning anti Semitism after Omar’s dangerous bigotry. 
Until repercussions for repugnant, hurtful comments by left-wing politicians occurs, we are unfortunately likely to see more of this disgraceful, vile rhetoric, including violence like last month at the San Diego synagogue.

A California native, former school teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist for various publications around the country since 2004. He lives with his wife in Minnesota.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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To put it mildly, the tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the Gaza Strip makes the Hatfields and McCoys look like a polite disagreement at a Lutheran potluck over whose Jello dish was better. Recently, those tensions came to a head when Hamas attempted to overrun the protective fence into Israel in Gaza and was met with violence. Reactions to this situation were mixed. Some said Israel was justified, while others lamented the death of Palestinian women and children. Still others wondered what stores were at the Gaza Strip.

Guess which side the Leftists took. Okay, they might be wondering about the stores, but most of them came down on Palestine’s side. And, yes, even Jewish Leftists came down on their side, which is a head-scratcher. I mean, it’s not like Palestine and Hamas want to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth or anything…oh, wait…

So, let’s take a trip to Palestine, thanks to the Leftist Lexicon. And the best part? You don’t even need to bring your passport!

Palestine

What the Left thinks it means – a country that is trying to fight against Israeli oppression and oppression

What it really means – a country that doesn’t exist today

That’s right, kids. You’re more likely to find Narnia or Hogwarts than you are to find Palestine in modern day 2018. Plus, I hear there’s a lot less violence in the former two, so there’s that.

Updated maps (excluding those of CNN and other Leftist media sources, by the way) do not show Palestine anywhere. This is not to say it didn’t exist previously, by the way. History and the Bible teach us it was a country, but as time went on, it was dissolved and became other countries. Its people assimilated into other countries and until recently things were quiet.

Then, the UN decided to recreate Israel using land in that part of the world where Jews had legitimate claim. Since then, the tensions skyrocketed like a SpaceX launch, bringing us to the present day where things aren’t much better. Yet, with all of that change, there are some constants. One, polyester should never be used to make suits. Two, Palestine didn’t reemerge. And three, Israel is still a target.

Palestinians groups like Hamas and the PLO before them love to sing the same song: Israel is oppressing us. They took our land, they kill our women and children, and are generally bad people. And Leftists, being suckers for a good sob story, have taken up for Palestine. With the frequent photos of the carnage, many non-Leftists are hard pressed to disagree.

Good thing I love a challenge.

There are many problems with the Left’s approach towards Palestinians, with the most obvious issue being the fact Palestinians are going after land that wasn’t part of Palestine. The bulk of what used to be their home country is in Jordan. There is some dispute over whether what is now Israel was a part of Palestine, but for the most part, Hamas and the PLO got their directions wrong.

So, that leads to the question of why Palestine is attacking Israel. Well, remember earlier when I said they wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth? There’s your answer. Of course, the Left doesn’t believe them because of the photos they trot out whenever Israel decides not to take Palestinian crap. Yeah…about that…those women and children? They’re human shields. On a side note, where are the feminists on this? Oh yeah, supporting Palestine! Thanks, Linda Sarsour!

As far as the alleged oppression of Palestinians, you might want to take a look at Israel’s treatment of them. By comparison, Palestinians have more rights and enjoy a better way of life within Israel. They’re even allowed seats in the Knesset, the Israeli version of Congress. If that’s oppression, there are some Republicans in California and New York State who might want to sign up for that. On the other hand, we can imagine how Israelis are treated in the land the Palestinians call theirs. Let’s just say it’s not quite as hospitable. On top of that, Palestinian leaders treat their own people like Ike treated Tina, and it’s been pretty much a constant for decades. I mean, these people use women and children as human shields, put them in places where the leaders know there is a high likelihood they will be killed, and their properties look like Detroit after the Red Wings, Tigers, or Pistons win a championship (because we know the Lions won’t win a championship anytime soon.)

But, yeah, that’s Israel’s fault.

In spite of the facts on the table, the Left sticks up for Palestine for the same reason they take up for illegal immigrants: it’s an easy emotional appeal. Leftists love to take up for the underdog and they love to create images and ideas that play to our own love of them, which is both effective and manipulative. But once you realize it’s all a smokescreen, it’s easy to dispel the narrative.

No matter how you try to parse the situation, Israel was well within their rights to defend themselves against a hostile invading force trying to take land that doesn’t belong to them. That makes the Left’s arguments in favor of Palestine a really hard sell in my book. And by “really hard”, I mean impossible. The facts don’t line up, and they never will, which is why the Left has to make an emotional appeal.

But if they really cared about the Palestinians, wouldn’t they be doing more to stop the violence their leadership and Hamas have caused?