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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Falsely Claims Palestinian Arabs Created “a Safe Haven” for Jews During and After The Holocaust

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Falsely Claims Palestinian Arabs Created “a Safe Haven” for Jews During and After The Holocaust

Jeff Jacoby: “No, @RashidaTlaib, Palestinian Arabs did not provide “safe haven” for Jews. They assaulted & murdered Jews, urged on by their leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini, an admirer and ally of Adolf Hitler.”

In a Yahoo! News podcast called Skullduggery, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D – Mich.) made an outrageous claim about the Holocaust (emphasis added):

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I 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, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And 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. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

One of the first to report on Tlaib’s comments, Phillip Klein of The Washington Examiner observed, “Tlaib’s claims that her Arab ancestors provided a ‘safe haven’ to Jews after the Holocaust ignores the Jewish presence in the region and efforts to establish a Jewish state that predated the Holocaust, ignores that her ancestors allied with Hitler at the time of the Holocaust, and ignores decades of violence and terrorism directed at Israel both before, during, and after the Holocaust.”

That the Arabs living in pre-state Israel (who would have called themselves “Arabs,” not “Palestinians,”) welcomed Jews is an inversion of the historical record. The Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, a Nazi sympathizer, organized pogroms against the Jews and brought pressure on the British to prohibit Jewish immigration to what was then called Palestine, which condemned millions to death.

Tlaib’s blatant historical inversion is an attempt to not just to deny the history, but to cast Palestinians as victims of not just the Europeans, but of the Jews too. It is common for the Palestinians to engage in Holocaust denial. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received his PhD for a paper alleging collaboration between the Zionists and the Nazis.

Other frequent claims made by the Palestinians are that they shouldn’t be dispossessed because of the sins of the Europeans and that the Holocaust wasn’t as bad as advertised. (No these claims are not consistent.)

Tlaib’s assertion is that the Jews given protection by the Palestinians then betrayed them and stole their land.

Numerous commentators including Jeff Jacoby, Petra Marquardt-Bigman, and Sean Durns took to Twitter to set the record straight.

The Jerusalem Post’s Seth Frantzmann accused Tlaib of turning “history on its head,” and pointed out:

There were Palestinian Arab leaders who sought reconciliation and coexistence. Fakhri Nashashib, who was assassinated by Husseini’s agents, had good relations with Jews in British Palestine. His funeral was attended by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Moshe Shertok and former Jerusalem mayor Daniel Auster. But in general, the voices that might have created a safe haven were either drowned out, ignored or assassinated by extremists.

In an excellent essay for The Federalist, David Harasanyi, wrote:

For Tlaib, the Holocaust was primarily a tragedy for the Palestinian people, who were unable to repel Jews’ immigration and stop the formation of a Jewish state. Her words are a helpful reminder of not only why Israel exists, but also that the tragedy of the Palestinian people is neither the fault of the Jews, nor the British, nor the Holocaust.

President Trump joined the criticisms of Tlaib, observing that “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?”

But once Trump joined in the criticisms, the news was no longer about Tlaib’s reprehensible comment, but about the reaction to it as this article in The Hill attests:

President Trump on Monday accused Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) of harboring “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people” in response to comments she made about the Holocaust.

Later, after quoting several other Republicans, including Rep. Steve Scalise and Rep. Liz Cheney, The Hill reported “Tlaib has stood by her comments, saying on Sunday that Republicans are trying to ‘ignite vile attacks’ against her by taking her comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘out of context.'”

The Hill article made no attempt to critique the falsity of Tlaib’s comment,s but turned the scandalous remarks into a partisan controversy instead of placing the blame where it belonged: on a Congresswoman who engaged in Holocaust revisionism if not outright denial. If a European public figure had said something comparable, that person would have been rightly ostracized.

It’s astonishing that Tlaib gets off on this after engaging in an anti-Semitic smear back in January.

But Rep. Tlaib, like fellow freshman Rep. Omar, continues to be protected.


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Kind of like that clown in the sewer in the movie “It”, I suppose.

    healthguyfsu in reply to UJ. | May 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Pennywise is Its name.

    We can call her, the counterpart, Dollarfool.

Anyone alive during and after the Holocaust know Tliab’s comments are the biggest lies ever told in the history of the world.

Germany did welcome Jews after the War. Tlaib’s ancestors acted like the Poles did to returning Jews after the War. The Poles had assumed the Jews were gone forever, and had looted their property, so when they started coming back they started beating and murdering them to let them know they were not welcome and should go somewhere else. Tlaib’s ancestors took it to a whole new level, though, raising armies to finish the job their ally Hitler had left undone.

Tlaib’s words are part of a general myth the Arabs propagate, that Moslems and Jews lived in peace and friendship until the zionists arrived in the 1880s and started agitating and destroying these friendly relations.

It’s true that over the course of the history of dar-al-Islam there were some good times for the Jews; but the exact same thing is true of Christendom. The Ottoman sultans were friendly to the Jews and welcomed the refugees from Spain and Portugal in the 15th-16th century. But so were the Polish kings for something like 7 centuries. Poland was a haven for Jews, so much that the Jews punned on its name, calling it Po Lin, “here we can spend the night”.

On the other hand Christendom’s bloody history with the Jews is well known; less well known but equally bloody is dar-al-Islam’s record. Pogroms, blood libels, forced conversion, dhimmitude; all in all there is no difference between how the Christian and the Moslems treated the Jews.

    Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Guilty as charged. I can make no excuses. Except this feeble attempt. For most of the history of Christendom most Christians couldn’t read the Bible. It was in Latin.

    I was reading about the Knights Templar. I don’t know what you think about them but they had a huge support system in Europe. And the priests and the monks of the order had to have the liturgy explained to them in the vernacular.

    You don’t have to believe in Jesus to know He didn’t preach the message that the crusaders raged in. That is not who he was about. I am very ashamed they got it all wrong.

      Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | May 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      For most of the history of Christendom most Christians couldn’t read the Bible.

      Moslems have hte same excuse. Most Moslems don’t know Arabic, and the Koran isn’t allowed to be translated into other languages, so they are unable to read it.

      You don’t have to believe in Jesus to know He didn’t preach the message that the crusaders raged in.

      Jesus was an Orthodox Jew, and didn’t preach Christianity at all. He’d have been shocked if he’d known what Paul would do to his legacy.

        DDsModernLife in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2019 at 9:55 pm

        If Paul’s teaching was not built upon the foundation that Jesus laid, would the Church have succeeded as it has?

          Arminius in reply to DDsModernLife. | May 14, 2019 at 12:40 am

          No, it couldn’t have worked. One of the “tells” is that atheist New Testament scholars usually admit that the Acts of the Apostles was written in 64 A.D.

          But they push the Gospel of Luke back beyond 70 A.D.

          Why? Because atheists start with the assumption that since there can not be a god, there is no such thing as prophecy. Ergo no Jew in 30 A.D could have predicted the Romans would destroy the temple several decades after he died.

          So therefore all the Gospels that discuss the destruction of the temple must have been written after the temple was destroyed. And since the Gospel of Mark is the earliest book, and Matthew and Luke clearly draw from it, the whole thing must be a fraud.

          But, I know I’m going out on a limb here, I’m guessing that Paul wrote all of his epistles before the Romans executed him. This will be important later.

          Arminius in reply to DDsModernLife. | May 14, 2019 at 12:54 am

          It’s funny. Here’s how ridiculous you have to be to think Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles before he wrote his Gospel.

          Let the man speak for himself. The first verse of Acts of the Apostles:

          “1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning…”

          Holy bat guano, bat man! He’s talking about an earlier work. What might that be? Perhaps this.

          “1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, 2 just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed…”

          Atheist New Testament scholars have to treat the works of Luke as if they aren’t the works of Luke. They are the works of George Lucas. Star Wars 4 through 6 come before 1 through 3.

          That’s no way to start a religion.

        Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | May 14, 2019 at 12:13 am

        Oh, Milhouse. I feel so badly for you. In many ways I think I’m a am more true Jew than you.

        “But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matt 26:63 NIV)”

        If Jesus is not the Messiah, then there will be no Messiah. But the Messiah has come. I believe in him. You don’t.

        I realize that you reject the idea I understand your Tanakh better than you do. And the funny thing is I get it from Paul. But Paul didn’t preach a different Gospel than Peter. With the exception of Luke they were all Orthodox Jews. It’s funny. What could you do to a first century Orthodox Jew to make him “invent” a new religion?

        Oh, here’s a thought. Rise from the dead.

        Paul, Peter, Simon, James (I know I’m not using the correct Hebrew names) all had really good reasons not to believe what they clearly believed. They were already God’s chosen people. What was the point? The point is that they saw and believed.

        John 20:

        28Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

        I’m citing the Gospel of John because if you are anything like the Muslims I’ve debated you will think John is the least reliable of the Gospels. I’m inviting you to charge at me.

        BTW, if you debate Muslims don’t slack off. Put the pedal to the metal.

          Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | May 14, 2019 at 12:50 am

          Paul was a fraud. Far from being a disciple of Rabban Gamliel, or from the tribe of Benjamin, he was an ignoramus from a family of recent converts from paganism, who introduced pagan concepts that the disciples who’d actually known Jesus rejected. But his Greek recruits quickly became the majority and their descendants were the ones who wrote the New Testament, so most of it reflects his doctrines, not those Jesus taught.

          One has to look carefully for the half-understood quotes that reflect the original teachings. Knowing the teachings and traditions an educated Jew such as Jesus would have known helps in piecing out the authentic quotes and understanding them in their correct context.

          The whole idea that the messiah comes to save people’s souls, and not to effect physical and political changes in this world, would have been utterly alien to Jesus and his original disciples. It’s something Paul brought in, together with the concepts of the dying and reborn god and the virgin birth.

        venril in reply to Milhouse. | May 14, 2019 at 8:59 am

        “… Moslems have hte same excuse. Most Moslems don’t know Arabic, and the Koran isn’t allowed to be translated into other languages, so they are unable to read it. …”

        That’s odd, it’s readily available in English. And Urdu, apparently. And others as well. See, there’s this thing call Amazon. They sell books. In various languages. Perhaps you’ve heard of them?

          venril in reply to venril. | May 14, 2019 at 9:24 am

          That was unnecessarily sarcastic.

          While I realize there is a call to read the Quran in Arabic for believers, it is published in other languages and is available. I’m sure some Mullahs take offense, but it appears scholars of the Quran are trying to make it more available. Thus there is no excuse among Moslems who fail to learn Arabic. They can still read it if they choose.

          Milhouse in reply to venril. | May 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

          According to Moslem tradition it cannot be translated. Those who do translate it are violating that tradition. So a loyal Moslem will be discouraged from reading the unauthorized translation

    pst314 in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    One important difference: Jesus never told his followers to make war upon all the world until everyone either converts or is killed or is enslaved. Muhammad, on the other hand, did0–and he put that into practice, too.

      healthguyfsu in reply to pst314. | May 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      Another important difference: christians aren’t denying the holocaust as Tlaib is doing.

      MattMusson in reply to pst314. | May 14, 2019 at 6:55 am

      People say you cannot judge Religions. Poppycock.
      I judge religions based upon the Golden Rule Scale. If religions adhere to the Golden Rule they are fine by me.

      Christians and Jews are both called upon to live by the Treat Others as they would be treated. Buddhists believe we are all one and connected. Hindus believe in Karma and treating people badly will boomerang on them. All Golden Rule Compliant.

      Islam calls for subjugation and dhimmitude. Not Golden RUle Compliant.

    WestRock in reply to Milhouse. | May 13, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Milhouse, I responded to the article before reading the comments. I am so happy you posted what you did, it is a very good summary. So few people realize that Jews – who have been persecuted since the beginning or monotheistic religion – started emigrating to the sand-pit that was anything but cared for by the Arabic Bedouins and purchased the land for their encampments. Or how they did their best to plant fruit trees and grow meager crops, and bring life to the plots of dessert. That they purchased, dammit. Soon they owned virtually all of their ancestral homeland. And only when they reclaimed (in an agricultural and cultural sense) did the Arabs, who did nothing with the land in the past, want it back out of jealousy. It’s human nature, to want the diamond in the rough when it isn’t yours. It’s just that they can’t admit it. Worthless leeches.

My dad sailed in the USCGC Cherokee.

I think that makes me more than 1/1024 Indian.

“Israel: A History” by Sir Martin Gilbert, is a must read for anyone who wants to understand Israel. The beginnings of the nation as we now know it starts in the second half of the 1800’s. Much earlier than WWI, Jews were seeking to return to their homeland. I highly recommend this book. It is enlightening and an easy read in spite of its heft.

What a beast.

Imagine Tlaib being the commandant of your concentration camp? You’d be willing to suffer the train ride to a different camp.

    Arminius in reply to | May 15, 2019 at 6:13 am

    I’m never going to end up in Tlaib’s Gulag. I went through SERE school with SEALs and Recon Marines. And all I was a Navy Intel officer. Nobody Special

    But I am Intel officer enough to know, after watching ISIS put the Jordanian pilot LT Kassasbeh in a cage and burn him to death that I don’t end up in their gulags. I already knew they would use vice grip pliers to tear off my skin one stirp at a time. And I want pay back. I despise Islam but I don’t despise Muslims. The thing is I doubt I could have endured that with as much dignity as he did.

    The funny thing is, and I don’t know if anyone besides me is going to find this funny. I grew up during the Vietnam War. And being a Coast Guard brat I grew up around the horribly maimed and terribly burned. I was always scared of fire. So much so I desperately wanted to put the fire out.

    And now I[m, what?

This may sound like I’m full of myself. I’m not. I am just always up for a challenge.

A woman, we Italians say, is like a cup of coffee. If you stir her, when you stir her, you’ll find the sugar.

I bet I could find the sugar in Ilhan Omar.

Ladies, I’m taken. I found the sugar in a woman everyone had given up on. Even her own mom. It was a lot of work. It took years. I could do it again but it would be exhausting. But it would be worth it. She was a lot of work. But then isn’t every art work? If everyone could do it you wouldn’t need a Leonardo Da Vinci.

The thing is, ladies, what I want you to know. I didn’t create anything. I was given a piece of beautiful Italian marble. I just began chipping away at the stone, getting rid of everything that wasn’t Venus. Eventually she was there. She was there the whole time.

Of course at this point many of my brethren in arms are puking. Let me calibrate you. Number one, I never cared about what you think. Number two, you probably haven’t spent 9 months away from your lady. Number three I picked the one profession in life when you can trade in a sack of dirty laundry for love. Number four, did I mention I don’t care? Number five, she doesn’t have to return my affections. She does it because she wants to. It isn’t like I could walk off the boat and throw down a sack of laundry and say, “Dammit all woman, you owe me.” That’s a really good way to drive off a woman.

Number six. I’m the luckiest man alive.

I don’t really want to find if there’s any sugar in Rashida.

If I could convince someone I was black, I’d tell him I was black. Because I don’t give up anybody. I am a Naval officer and a naval officer takes care of his people.

But for now, until I can learn Jedi mind tricks, we are all Jews.

Islam on the move! In the US House of Representatives!

What does her last sentence mean/ about whom is she referring with “they” ? “But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

I used to live in Uraga. a town where the shipyard built ships like this. I provided input on the Hayabusa fast attack, craft.

Hayabusa, BTW, means Perigrine Falcon. If you click on the link you’ll see Umitaka. It means Sea Eagle.


Because the NORKs p’d me off.

I see the Japanese naval ensign, the Akebono, see a friend.

I could tell you how I contributed to the mighty capabilities of the Japanese Aegis destroyers but it’s still classified.