FACT CHECK: TIaib Tries Spinning Nazi-Supporting Palestinians into Holocaust Victims

‘Not only did the Arabs oppose Jewish immigration in vehement rhetoric, they resisted it violently…’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” because the Palestinians provided a “safe haven” for persecuted Jews.

Her claims confused and shocked many, but more importantly they do not match historical facts.

Lahav Harkov wrote for the New York Post that Tlaib has constructed a “fake history” of “Holocaust distortion.”

Harkov defined Holocaust distortion as “taking undue credit for rescuing Jews, claims often made by nations that played a role in the genocide of the Jewish people.”

She examined what Tlaib said Friday on a Yahoo podcast.


“There’s 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 … in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy … And I love that it was my ancestors that provided that in many ways,” she said.

Tlaib also called for Israel and “Palestine” to become a single state, which is tantamount to calling for the abolition of Israel.

On the Monday edition of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” he gave Tlaib an opportunity to clarify her comments.

She added to the narrative that the Jewish people do not have historical ties to Israel, while managing to call people who did not appreciate her comments “racist idiots.”

“The reason why Israel was created was to create a safe haven for Jews around the world, and there is something, in many ways, beautiful about that my ancestors, many had died or had to give up their livelihood,” Tlaib said.

She said her grandmother “lives in the West Bank, in the occupied territory of Palestine.”

By calling the West Bank “Palestine” and an “occupied territory,” Harkov said Tlaib “peddled the commonplace lie that Israel was established only because of the Holocaust.”

Tlaib wants her audience to believe that Israel was a solely Palestinian homeland until the native residents—her ancestors—graciously gave some of the land to the suffering Jews.

Harkov said Jewish efforts to return to Zion, commonly known as Jerusalem, began before the word “Zionism” was first used in the contemporary context.

She said Jews began to return to their ancestral homeland as early as the mid-19th century.

By 1882, there was a “major uptick” in Jews migrating to Israel.

Before the Holocaust, the League of Nations—a body similar to the United Nations—sanctioned Jewish return, and in 1922 the Jewish people formed an autonomous government.

Harkov also dismissed the narrative that Palestinian Arabs assisted in Jewish migration.

“Not only did the Arabs oppose Jewish immigration in vehement rhetoric, they resisted it violently,” she wrote.

Arabs murdered Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref in 1851 because they opposed his work to bring Jews to Jerusalem.

“The Arab leadership was also openly pro-Nazi,” Harkov wrote.

Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon attacked Israel in 1948, attempting to eradicate the Jewish presence and create a solely Arab state.

The state of Israel legitimately won the West Bank during a defensive war, yet Tlaib continues to refer to the Israelis as “occupiers.”

“She highlighted Arab losses during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence while claiming the Arabs had given safe refuge to Jews, which is ahistorical,” Harkov wrote. “And her sinister implication is that the Palestinians are somehow the real victims of the Holocaust.”