Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Palestinians Created "Safe Haven" For Jews After Holocaust, Israel Took Their "Dignity"


Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said she always has a "calming feeling" when she speaks to people about the Holocaust and spoke about how Palestinians gave a "safe haven" for Jews while lamenting how the latter took away the "human dignity" of her ancestors.

Tlaib was interviewed on Yahoo's 'Skullduggery' podcast by hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman in an episode released on Friday. Her comments on a two-state solution begin near the 28-minute mark.

REP. RASHIDA TLAIB (D-MI): There's always kind of a calming feeling I 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, have been wiped out, and some people's passports.

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 the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time, and 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 a one-state, I think about the fact that, why couldn't we do it in a better way? ...

I want a safe haven for Jews. Who doesn't want to be safe? I am humbled by the fact that it was my ancestors that had to suffer for that to happen, but I will not turn my back and allow others to hijack it and say that it's some extremist approach because they're coming from a place of... division, inequality.

President Trump admonished Tlaib on Twitter Monday morning:

Tlaib stands by her remarks:

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