Rashida Tlaib and the Making of her Second Blood Libel


In January 2020, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mi) retweeted an unverified tweet by professional agitator and former Palestinian Authority diplomat Hanan Ashrawi, in which she claimed that Jews had kidnapped and killed a Palestinian boy by throwing him into a pond where he drowned. As it turns out, the boy’s death was accidental and Israeli rescue teams resorted to superhuman efforts to retrieve the boy from the pond’s cold, murky waters and revive him.

Ashrawi deleted her tweet and surprisingly apologized for citing unverified sources. Tlaib on the other hand deleted the tweet but without apology. She was quick to accuse the Jews of committing barbaric acts but offered no contrition when those accusations proved unfounded. Even the ADL’s left-leaning head, Jonathan Greenblatt, pointed out that her lie was an “example of how a blood libel works in 2020; retweets [sic] a vicious lie steeped in centuries-old accusations used to demonize Jews, then says nothing when it’s disproven.

An apology is overdue.” Of course, none was forthcoming.

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh killed during Israeli raid in West Bank - The Washington Post

It appears that Tlaib did not learn her lesson concerning her propensity to engage in hasty conclusions and antisemitic blood libels. On May 11, Israeli forces carrying out a counterterror operation in the Jenin vicinity encountered violent resistance from Palestinian gunman belonging to various terror entities. They came under heavy M-16 automatic fire. This is the weapon of choice for these gunmen, though some also carry AK-47 assault rifles and Carlo-type submachine guns.

During the exchange of fire between the gunmen and the IDF, a veteran Al-Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed. She was wearing a helmet and a bullet-proof vest but was in close proximity to the fighting.

““Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:16

Without waiting for a forensic conclusion, Tlaib instantly blamed Israel tweeting, “When will the world and those who stand by Apartheid Israel that continues to murder, torture and commit war crimes finally say: “Enough”?

Her partner in crime, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) echoed Tlaib’s sentiment.

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