[Make sure to read Joseph Klein’s contributions in Jamie Glazov’s new book: Barack Obama’s True Legacy: How He Transformed America.]
As one of the first orders of business after the House of Representatives selects a new Speaker and additional military and humanitarian aid is approved for Israel, the House should at minimum vote to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and take away her committee assignments.
Rep. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American sworn into Congress, reacted to the Hamas terrorists’ horrific massacre and abduction of Israeli civilians by condemning Israel’s “occupation” and “apartheid” policies. Not one word of condemnation for the atrocities the terrorists committed after invading Israel and rampaging through the streets and into Israeli homes, slaughtering men, women, and children at random and kidnapping others. To the contrary, Rep. Tlaid tried to characterize Hamas’s rampant war crimes and crimes against humanity as “resistance.”
Even Rep. Tlaib’s fellow left-wing Squad members Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) saw fit to explicitly condemn Hamas, although they called for an immediate ceasefire.
Tlaib called for “lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.” She added, “The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”
Rep. Tlaib is regurgitating all the blatant lies that Palestinian propagandists and their enablers constantly spew against Israel. She has been spinning the same false narrative of Palestinian victimhood as a member of Congress since she was sworn into the House of Representatives using a Quran. For example, back in May, Rep. Tlaib tweeted: “The apartheid state of Israel was born out of violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. 75 years later, the Nakba [catastrophe] continues to this day.”
The truth is that violence has been directed at Jews by neighboring Arab states and by Arabs (who did not then identify themselves as “Palestinians”) living in what was to become the Jewish state of Israel before and after Israel declared its independence. The fact that millions of descendants of the Arabs residing within the original boundaries of Israel in 1948 are Israeli citizens today belies the myth of ethnic cleansing and apartheid supposedly imposed by the Israeli “occupation.” There was real ethnic cleansing in the Middle East in 1948 and years thereafter, however, when Arab states expelled Jews from their lands in those countries where their ancestors had lived for centuries.
The Palestinian terrorists’ enablers, including Rep. Tlaib, try to rationalize Hamas’s savage actions as if they were last-ditch efforts when all else failed to free the Palestinian people from the yoke of so-called Israeli “occupation.”
Meanwhile, at the United Nations, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the violence grew out of “a 56-year long occupation and no political end in sight.”
Not true. The massacres committed by Hamas and other Islamist terrorist groups have arisen from their single-minded determination to eliminate the Jewish state of Israel from the face of the earth. As Robert Spencer, an expert on jihad and Islamic ideology, wrote in his article for Frontpage Magazine, the barbaric attacks against Israel are “happening not because of al-Aqsa, or because of any ‘occupation,’ since the ‘occupation’ is a propaganda fiction anyway. It’s happening because of the Islamic imperative to fight Jews.”
A Hamas official confirmed the true sinister motive underlying Hamas’s slaughter of Jews. Hamas MP and member of Board of Trustees of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Marwan Abu Ras, said back in 2021 that “massacring this enemy is a divine order. [The Quran says:] ‘So strike them upon the neck and strike from them every fingertip.’ Striking the necks of this enemy is a duty according to the shari’a. Anyone who can massacre this enemy should not neglect this duty, because this enemy is the enemy of the Islamic nation [in its entirety].”
The Hamas MP added that the fight against the “enemy” is not just for the Palestinians. He said that “the Islamic nation must reinforce us, so that we can emerge victorious and liberate [the land], that belongs to the Islamic nation and not to us alone. Palestine does not belong to the Palestinians alone. Rather, Palestine is an Islamic waqf land. The entire Islamic nation will be held to account over this issue on the Day of Judgment.”
Israel must say “never again” and take all military actions necessary to make sure that Hamas and its like-minded Palestinian terrorist groups are stricken in their hearts and destroyed root and branch.