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Rashida Tlaib *forgot* to mention Palestinian Suicide Bombers in teary statement about checkpoints

Rashida Tlaib *forgot* to mention Palestinian Suicide Bombers in teary statement about checkpoints

The security barrier and checkpoints were a response to relentless Palestinian terror attacks.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave a teary-eyed statement about her experiences at Israeli checkpoints. It’s unclear of the time frame. First she said it was when she was a young child and visiting her grandmother, and then she mentioned her American mother going through a checkpoint, and her “then husband” being searched after a bus was stopped.

REP. RASHIDA TLAIB: As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints — even though she was a United States citizen and proud American. I was there when there when my [grandmoher] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have access to the best hospitals — which were in Jerusalem.

I remember shaking with fear when checkpoints appeared in a small village [where we were] with tanks and guns everywhere. I remember visiting East Jerusalem with my then-husband and him escorted off the bus, although he was a United States citizen, just so security forces could harass him. All I can do as the granddaughter of a woman who lived in Occupied Territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how.

As my Detroit public school teachers taught me, by humanizing the pain of oppression, our delegation trip included meetings with Israeli veterans who were forced to participate in military occupation. They also desperately want peace and self-determination for their Palestinian neighbors. They could have shed light into injustices of raids, shootings, demolitions, and child detention. The delegation would have seen firsthand why walls are destructive, not productive. They could have asked the people in Bethlehem how walls cut people off from economic opportunities, from a way to live, and do psychological damage that lasts forever.

All I can do as her granddaughter is help humanize her and the Palestinian people’s plight. I know that when we can finally see them as deserving of human dignity, everyone there will be able to live in peace. [Transcript via RCP]

I don’t believe anything Tlaib says about Israel. She’s a hard-core anti-Israel zealot. She’s also a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which she hid during the campaign from constituents and donors such as left-wing J-Street.

But let’s pretend Tlaib is telling the truth about her experiences. Her teary-eyed account ignored why Israel constructed the security barrier (a wall in populated areas, a fence for most of its length) and checkpoints.

Israeli didn’t just wake up one day and say, “hey, let’s make life more difficult” for the non-Israeli Arab population. Rather, these security measures were the result of an unrelenting campaign of terror.

I covered this issue back in November 2009, Mr. Netanyahu, Tear Down That Wall For Our Suicide Bombers:

You just knew this had to rear its head on the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall. The anti-Israel left is demanding Mr. Netanyahu, Tear Down This Wall:

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Western leaders are full of self-congratulation. But their paeans to universal freedom ring hollow, when they bear large responsibility for another wall constricting human freedom: the apartheid wall dividing the Palestinian West Bank.

History is such an inconvenient truth. The way the coalition of Islamists and leftists tell it, one would think Israel just woke up one day on the wrong side of the bed and decided, “let’s build a wall.” Or that the wall (actually a combination of fences, walls, and other barriers) has been in place for decades.

In fact, the barrier built by Israel was a direct reaction to Palestinian suicide bombings commenced as part of the Second Intifada in 2000, which took almost a thousand Israeli lives. Suicide bombers slipped past the unprotected border to blow themselves up in Pizza restaurants, buses, supermarkets, hotels, and anywhere else they could find civilians.

The barrier was built to keep suicide bombers out, and it worked, much to the chagrin of the Palestinians. In 2002 452 Israelis were killed; that number dropped by half in 2003, and now almost no suicide bombers get through, although they still try. Ironically, the barrier also saved Palestinian lives by lessening the need for Israeli military actions in the West Bank to prevent suicide bombers.

We have covered many of the most infamous bombings. Here are some of them:

Rasmea Odeh’s victims – then and now (February 21, 1969)

Survival story: Israeli infant suicide bombing victim enlists in IDF 17 years later (Café Apropo, March 21, 1997)

This day in 1997: Three simultaneous Palestinian suicide bombings at Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem (September 4, 1997)

Dolphinarium disco: 15 years ago today Palestinian suicide bomber murdered 21 young Israelis (June 1, 2001)

Never forget: Sbarro Pizzeria Massacre, Jerusalem, Aug. 9, 2001

Remembering Haifa Bus 37 Suicide Bombing (March 5, 2003)

Remembering the Mike’s Place Suicide Bombing, Tel Aviv, April 30, 2003

The terror and attempts at terror have continued unabated since the Second Intifada, just scroll through our Palestinian Terror tag, including these posts from 2015-2016:

This child #WasBurnedAlive in West Bank, but you probably never heard of her (December 25, 2014)

Another Week of Israeli Victims – One Wedding, Two Funerals, and a Stabbing (November 2015)

Israeli civilian bus bombed near Jerusalem (April 18, 2016)

The Israeli civilian death toll from terror is a tiny fraction of what it was during the Second Intifada, but not for lack of trying. The security barrier combined with checkpoints (which have been drastically reduced in number within the West Bank), combined with intelligence and military operations, work.

There are no easy choices in the Middle East. But when faced with the choice of genocidal intentions by Palestinian terrorists, Israeli chooses to defend itself.

That’s the real problem Tlaib and her supporters have, including leftist Jews who demand Israeli put itself in a militarily indefensible position. As I wrote in 2015 during the middle of the so-called Knife/Stabbing Intifada, How many Israelis must die for “as a Jew” progressives to feel good about themselves?

I don’t want to hear about the inconvenience of checkpoints brought on by Palestinian suicide bombings and other terror attacks.

[For more on Kay Wilson’s story, see our post Palestinian TV honors terrorist who killed American, butchered British woman]


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The ugly is bone deep on this witch. She’s also whining to the Detroit police about facial recognition usage. Apparently she’s afraid all her terrorist buddies will be identified before they can do evil.

9thDistrictNeighbor | August 21, 2019 at 8:47 pm

I heard Chris Plante discussing this and I simply loved his comment regarding this. It’s not verbatim, but memorable…speaking of the “dehumanizing checkpoints” everyone must now pass in order to fly on an airplane. We don’t have to endure those dehumanizing checkpoints at airports because Jews are trying to kill us….

    This reminds me of some very dark humor – — “If only Jews started hijacking airplanes and flying them into office buildings, ramming trucks into crowds of pedestrians, shooting up nightclubs and concert halls, taking and beheading hostages, and, persecuting religious minorities, gays and women in Africa and the Middle East, and, they’d be as popular among Leftists as Muslims are.”

Watching how Democratic Jews are losing their lunch and making this about Trump’s alleged antisemitism is illustrative, as is the failure to take Tlaib and her bigoted cohorts head on.

I love the “even though she was a United States citizen” line, which she uses twice even in that small segment. As if she should be able to show the soldiers a US passport and they should go “Oh, well, if you’re a US citizen then of course you couldn’t be a terrorist. Go right on through, ma’am”. Seriously, what nonsense is she expecting her audience to swallow? Why would anyone think that a US passport should get you past security checks? It doesn’t work at US airports, or at the Capitol where she works, so why would anyone in her audience expect it to work in other countries?

    I’m thinking we need to change the law to require all Congressional reps be born US citizens!
    Her allegiance is clearly not to the USA.

      Milhouse in reply to lc. | August 22, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Um, she is a born US citizen. The theory that 18th-century people had, that people feel a natural loyalty to the sovereign whose laws protected them when they were born, has turned out not to be true. Nor does it makes sense; it seems to me that someone born here is actually less likely to be loyal than someone who chose to come here and swear loyalty. But neither is a guarantee, since not only do people swear falsely but they also change their minds over time.

    My search-fu is weak, so I couldn’t find an answer, but…
    Have any of the pro-Palestinian terrorists been Americans? (Not talking the one who became an American citizen after being a terrorist – and subsequently lost her citizenship, ’cause she lied.)

    I know at least a few have been foreign born, and there’s Americans in ISIS.
    That would be a valid reason to not have a US passport be a free pass. (On top of fake passports.)

Also, I fail to see how a security check is “dehumanizing”. When’s the last time an animal had to go through such checks?

There were no security checkpoints when she was a child. You could travel anywhere safely at that time. The checkpoints started with the suicide bombings. She is a liar.

    GWB in reply to Jackie. | August 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Yes, there were. The terror didn’t start with the 21st century. It’s been going on for a half century now.

She said, “best hospitals — which were in Jerusalem.” Why do you suppose that her people don’t have anything? And she wants to be our leader?

    Milhouse in reply to InEssence. | August 22, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Fact: the late and unlamented Edward Said was born in Jerusalem, in the British Mandate of Palestine, only because his mother didn’t trust the hospitals in their hometown of Alexandria, Egypt, and wanted to be treated by the Jewish doctors in Palestine. His birth certificate gave as his parents’ address the hotel they were staying at; after the birth they returned to their actual home, in Alexandria.

It’s not often one can call a woman an ‘animal’ without a second thought.

Rashida Tlaib is an animal.

MynameisallthatIhave | August 22, 2019 at 2:11 am

To Tlaib they aren’t terrorists, they are “fellow freedom fighters”

    Precisely. The Arab Muslim and Leftist dhimmi Jew-haters love to use that contemptible line, “Resistance isn’t terrorism.”

    To which I say, “Resistance towards genocide-aspiring, Jew-hating Muslim terrorist jack boots isn’t ‘oppression;’ it’s defensive self-preservation.”

BerettaTomcat | August 22, 2019 at 2:12 am

Only a fool would listen to an avowed Muslim’s critique of a Western nation. Empirically, most Muslim countries are shit holes in terms of human freedom; the best Muslim countries have one foot firmly planted in the shit hole. The Cato Institute’s Human Freedom Index from 2018 mapped as tertiles (top third in teal, middle third in gold, bottom third in purple, and gray denotes not included):

There is no empirical way one can reasonably expect Islamist ideals to enhance human freedom.

We are beyond propaganda, now. All useful idiot dhimmis on the Left and in academia and the media, and, Islamic supremacists who invoke the utterly false, dishonest and slanderous lexicon vis-a-vis Israelis and Arab, so-called “Palestinians,” including “colonial,” “crimes” or “war crimes,” “apartheid,” “occupation,” etc., without acknowledging the Arabs’ underlying motivations of jihad-inspired, perpetual belligerence and genocidal aspirationa against Jews and other non-Muslims, multiple, pre-emptive sneak attack wars on Israel, Nazi collaboration, a corrupt, terrorism-inciting and incompetent leadership in Fatah and Hamas, and, decades of rebuffed and rejected peace initiatives, are perpetuating evil lies that are vilifying and slandering an entire people and the world’s only Jewish state.

Palestine is a lie. It was never a real country and it isn’t a country now. There are no Philestines; these people are Arabs from the surrounding Arab countries. There is no historical or moral or international-legal justification for a Palrstinian srate. Moreover, fabricating a Palestine will not bring peace or justice, no matter how it is implemented. It is only a terrorist platform to destroy Israel.

“…my [grandmoher] was in a terrible car accident and my cousins and I cried so she could have access to the best hospitals — which were in Jerusalem.” Yeah…well…perhaps the Pals should build hospitals like the Israeli’s do, instead of building IEDs and launching rockets.

    guyjones in reply to D3F1ANT. | August 22, 2019 at 10:25 am

    But, that would mean forsaking jihad and Jew-hatred for rational, peaceful endeavors, and, striving for peaceful co-existence with the “infidel.”

    No can do – – Mohammed and the Koran forbid it.

This vile thing’s picture is right next to the definition of “Sub-human” in the dictionary…

Ah the crocodile tears, LOL. When the race card won’t work, the crying starts. Sad.

It’s unclear of the time frame.
Pretty clear to me that she’s speaking of several incidents over time.

If her grandmother shaved her face, she look just like her grandfather.

buckeyeminuteman | August 23, 2019 at 7:24 am

I ate at Mike’s Place last summer. Didn’t realize it was the sight of an attack 15 years earlier. Wish I had known.