Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong


The Democratic lawmaker recently suggested that Palestinians had sacrificed themselves so that Jews fleeing the Holocaust could establish a state.

Many quickly pointed out that this was historical revisionism of the first caliber. Benny Morris, a leading historian of Israel and its founding, explains why in the Atlantic.

... the historical reality was quite different from what Tlaib described: The Palestinians indirectly, and in some ways directly, aided in the destruction of European Jewry.

from 1933 onward, Palestine’s Arabs—led by the cleric Muhammad Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem—mounted a strident campaign to pressure the British, who governed Palestine, to bar all Jews from entering the country. To press home their demand, in 1936 they launched an anti-British and anti-Zionist rebellion that lasted three years. Apart from throwing out the British, the rebellion’s aim was to coerce London into halting all Jewish entry into Palestine.

They in large part succeeded, limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine to a few thousand per year at time when Jews most needed to escape Europe.

Not only did the Palestinians not help Jews, they aided in their murders. Tlaib should know this. If she doesn't she has no business serving in the U.S. Congress.

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