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Top Republicans Condemn Rep. Tlaib For Comments on Palestine, Holocaust

Top Republicans condemned comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of Palestinians in providing land to Jews fleeing persecution in Europe after the Holocaust.

“There’s, you know, there’s a kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact 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, had been wiped out,” Rlaib said on the Yahoo News political podcast Skullduggery. “I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.”

She continued by both emphasizing the need for a Jewish “safe haven” due to persecution and a need for a “better way” to solve the conflicts in the region:

“I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that [safe haven], in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, right? And it was forced on them. And so, when I think about one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn’t we do it in a better way?”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was quick to condemn Tlaib in a statement yesterday.

“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance,” he wrote. “More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.”

House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney also called out her House colleague in a tweet, writing that officially crossed “the line.”

“Surely now @SpeakerPelosi⁩ & ⁦@LeaderHoyer⁩ will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks,” she wrote. “This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a ‘calming feeling.'”

Tlaib tweeted in response that “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,” she added. “I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.”

Additionally, the freshman lawmaker’s spokesperson Denzel McCampbell released the following statement in response to the controversy:

“Once again, Republican leaders and right-wing extremists are spreading outright lies to incite hate. Congresswoman Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself for using the tragedy of the Holocaust in a transparent attempt to score political points. Her behavior cheapens our public discourse and is an insult to the Jewish community and the millions of Americans who stand opposed to the hatred being spread by Donald Trump’s Republican party. The congresswoman did not in any way praise the Holocaust, nor did she say the Holocaust itself brought a calming feeling to her. In fact, she repeatedly called the Holocaust a tragedy and a horrific persecution of Jewish people. Again, this behavior by a bankrupt Republican leadership is dangerous and only increases hateful rhetoric from those who want to cause harm to oppressed people. The Republican party has reached a new low.”

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