House Hamas Caucus Leader Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said the quiet part out loud Friday with the release of what appeared to be a self-produced video in which she not only accused Joe Biden of supporting “the genocide of the Palestinian people” but also included a reference to the anti-Semitic “from the river to the sea” chant that was uttered/displayed during pro-Hamas demonstrations/riots in Michigan, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.
She attempted to confuse people by sending a second message explaining the meaning of the phrase “from the river to the sea”, but nobody bought it.
From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate. My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 3, 2023
The videos/tweets further increased tensions among Democrats who are trying to keep the antisemitic spirit in the bottle so that they can pretend to be united over the Israel-Hamas dispute.
Dana Nessel, Michigan’s Attorney-General who is a woke woman, was one of them. She was a Jewish Democrat who pleaded with Tlaib on Twitter/X to “retract” her reference to the phrase “from the River to Sea” while acting like it was incredulous that someone she had previously “defended…even if you have said the unjustifiable” would do it again.
“I have supported and defended her countless times. What you said was unjustifiable but I still thought that you were an honest, good person. ”
Elissa Slotkin is a Jewish Senate candidate in Michigan. She gently asked Tlaib, who is not Jewish, to “apologize and retract” after she said that Slotkin “continues to reach out to Arabs and Muslim constituents”, who are “feeling fear, anguish, and anxiety at this time”.
As the only Jewish member of MI’s congressional delegation, I have worked to reach out to Arab & Muslim constituents who I know are feeling fear and anguish right now, & I have tried to reflect that empathy in my approach to this crisis. I ask the same of @RepRashida. (1/3)
The phrase “from the river to the sea” is one of division & violence, & it is counterproductive to promoting peace. None of us, especially elected leaders, should amplify language that inflames a tense situation & makes it harder for our communities to find common ground. (2/3)
If I knew that a phrase I’d used had hurt any of my constituents, I would apologize & retract it, no matter its origin. I’d ask the same from you. (3/3)
It’s too late for the Democrats to try and engage Tlaib.
Tlaib was honest about her true self long before she became a member in Congress. However, the Democrats, especially those from Michigan, still coddled her to make her look more woke. Those who have accused her of racism and sexism, as well as bigotry, have criticized her antisemitic beliefs.
Nessel admitted to defending Tlaib even though her words were not worth defending. Has the heat become too intense?
Slotkin’s treatment of Tlaib was also shameless.
— Senate Republicans (@NRSC) November 5, 2023
Slotkin’s phone game:
— Senate Republicans (@NRSC) October 13, 2023
It’s important to identify this hatred as soon as possible. It is important to recognize this hatred sooner rather than later before hateful people become elected and emboldened.
Party members should condemn the hate speech more strongly than just saying “Please Rashida take it back” when expressed clearly, as in Tlaib’s Friday statement.
This issue is not going to change the minds of pro-Israel Democrats. As we near 2024, voters will need to take this issue very seriously.