SAN DIEGO. After coming under quite a bit of fire, Rashida Tlaib has clarified her controversial Holocaust comment. Here is the original comment that garnered so much attention:
“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…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 horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time… “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, 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?”
Her clarification, shared on television with Seth Meyers, more or less said the same thing, explaining how the “calming feeling” she experiences about the Holocaust has nothing to do with supporting the Holocaust. Instead her words were a reminder that her ancestors provided “a safe haven for Jews in our world.” This was something she wanted to “recognize and kind of honor in some sort of way.”
In fairness, any objective reading of Talib’s first statement does seem to bear out this explanation.
Unfortunately, her clarification and early comment taken at face value present other problems every bit as severe. For one thing, Talib’s claimed sympathy for Jewish victims of the Holocaust comes up rather empty, particularly inasmuch as her own website supports BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction of Israel).
According to the Jerusalem Post, BDS has connections with the terrorist group Hamas which calls openly for the complete and utter destruction of Israel.
Talib also wrote a column for Luis Farrakhan’s publication in 2006.
While she claims that is not an endorsement of the man, any association at all should raise eyebrows. After all, Farrakhan calls Jews “termites” and says Hitler was a “great man.”
There is also another problem. Both Tlaib’s original statement and clarification are littered with hideous, historical revisions.
In fact, during the many decades leading up to the rebirth of modern day Israel, people in the Holy Land who now call themselves “Palestinians” were run by leaders who had no sympathy whatsoever for Holocaust victims. Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini was actually a friend and partner of Adolph Hitler. He met with the dictator in 1941.
Jewish immigrants did not “force” anyone out of their homes until uprisings from Arabs in the Holy Land and surrounding Arab nations rejected the state of Israel, even after it was legally designated by the U.N. While the U.N. did call for a two-state solution, the Arabs rejected it.
The Jews accepted it, but the solution was never put into action.
Instead, after the partition vote from the United Nations, and Israel’s eventual Declaration of Independence, five Arab nations invaded Israel; Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Threats and boasting preceding the attack showed no interest in a two-state solution:
In 1947, Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League said,
“This will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre.”
In that same year, Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia said:
“There are fifty-million Arabs. What does it matter if we lose ten-million people to kill all the Jews? The price is worth it!”
“Palestinian refugees” were people of the land who rose up against their Jewish neighbors, or, at the instigation of surrounding Arab countries, fled their homes while armies were planning to march into the Holy Land and wipe out every Jew.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the war’s conclusion did not turn out that way. Israel won. As a result, there were now many Arab refugees, most of which were denied homes by the surrounding Arab nations. Jews were also kicked out of all attacking Arab nations but these refugees were allowed to in settle Israel.
Here are some other little known facts:
- To this day, the Palestinian charter does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.
- The so-called occupied territory from The 6 Day War in 1967 was a result of Israel defending herself once again from a collection of surrounding countries planning another attack. Even so, when some of this land such as the Gaza strip was given back, Israel was immediately rewarded with missiles flying in from Gaza.
- In any event, most people, when talking about Israel’s “occupied territory,” are referring to far more than her expanded borders after The Six Day War. They believe Israel’s very existence is illegal occupied territory!
“The real Palestine problem is the existence of Israel in Palestine. As long as a Zionist existence remains even in a tiny part of it – that will mean occupation. The important thing is to liquidate the Israel occupation, and there is no difference between the territories lately occupied and those occupied before.” – Egyptian government broadcast (Radio Cairo, March 17, 1968)
Sadly, many are buying into this lie about “Israeli occupation” and its sister narrative that Jews have no historical claim to the Holy Land.
As a matter of fact, the Jews lived in that land since the time of Moses and despite some upsets from the Assyrians and Babylonians, remained in the land for many centuries until the Romans displaced them.
Prince Titus destroyed the temple in 70 AD. Then in the second century, Emperor Hadrian crushed a new Jewish rebellion. This time, many of the Jews were banished and others were made slaves of the Romans.
A small number of Jews did stay in the land and remained there right up through the twentieth century.
However, before the reign of Hadrian came to its finish, the name of the land was changed because Hadrian wanted to destroy Jewish identity. He retitled the province “Syria-Palestinia.” Palestinia was a Latin version of the word “Philistine,” an ancient enemy of the Jews who are now extinct as a people.
Hadrian was deliberately insulting the Jews.
While certain ancient historians prior to Hadrian still used the term “Philistia” to describe the coastal region which once belonged to the Philistines, the province which the Jews lived in under the Romans was called “Judea.”
This term was used by the Roman historian Tacitus and other historians of that time. We also see the name “Judea” on ancient coinage minted by the Romans. After Hadrian “Palestinia” became the new word on coins.
Arabs first found their way to the Middle East in numbers only after the days of Mohammad in the 600s as a result of his Muslim expansion commands.
The Arabs who came into the Holy Land after Mohammad called themselves Arabs all the way up to the twentieth century and continued calling themselves Arabs in those days when Jews were migrating back. As a matter of fact, the term “Palestinians” was used of Jews throughout most of the twentieth century.
Indeed, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra was originally founded in 1936 as the “Palestine Orchestra” by Jewish violinist, Bronisław Huberman.
The reassigning of the name “Palestinian” to the Arabs came about with the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the 1960s, several decades after the State of Israel was formed. This was a new publicity ploy to create the false story that an indigenous people called the “Palestinians” had lived in the land since ancient times, that Jews had no historical claim to the land, and stole the land after World War Two.
A spokesperson for Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, Executive Council member, Zuheir Moshen came out and admitted this openly in 1977. His words were recorded by award-winning syndicated columnist, James Dorsey:
“The Palestinian people does not exist…. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel…. It is only for political and tactical reasons that we speak today about…the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”
And the organization’s most popular leader, Yasser Arafat, for all his talk about peace, also revealed a more honest agenda from time to time:
“Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations….We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel (The Times, UK,August 5, 1980).
Apparently, a two-state solution was not a genuine objective on Arafat’s part.
As you can see, the lies about Israel not only extend to Israel’s legality and reasons for fighting defensive wars but the very claim of Jewish ancestry in their own ancient land.
George Orwell would be turning in his grave to see the predictions of 1984 coming true.
History is being rewritten before our very eyes. Rashida Tlaib may be making current headlines, but she is repeating a distorted narrative that has been around for quite some time.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a regular CDN columnist. He has written many books including The Holocaust Against Israel