DANIEL VAUGHAN: Democrats continue to advance anti-Jew historical revisionism

May 13, 2019

DANIEL VAUGHAN: Democrats continue to advance anti-Jew historical revisionism

There’s a scene in one of the later episodes of the hit show The Office wherein a character named Dwight Schrute has his coworker, Jim Halpert, hold a sign that says: “It’s been ___ days since our last nonsense.” Dwight explains that they run a no-nonsense office, a claim that anyone who’s seen the show would know is comically absurd.

If you had that sign up at the U.S. Capitol building, listening only to Democrats, the number on that sign would read zero.

The cause for zero days since our last nonsense is Democratic freshman sensation on the left, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan representative who went on a podcast and aired her grievances with the post-WWII world protecting Jews by recognizing Jewish claims to Israel. According to Tlaib’s take on history, “her people” bore all the suffering and pain of giving over land to Jews, who have no claim to the area. She says:

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.

And 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 and it was forced on them.

Not only is this version of history wrong, but it’s also a form of brash revisionism meant to paint Palestinians as the victims, and not, more accurately, as the Arabs in the Middle East who sided with the Nazis and opposed any “safe-haven” for Jews.

The first significant migration of Jews in the Middle East to the new land of Israel happened in 1881 when Jews in Yemen started fleeing persecution. When the state of Israel was declared in 1947, an explosion of Arab anger across the Middle East led to multiple deaths, looting, and abuse of Jews that effectively forced all Jews in Yemen to flee to Israel.

The British tried creating a haven for Jews in the 1930s after the 1917 Balfour Declaration acknowledged the right of Jews to have a state. But the attempt to create space for Jews in the 1930s fell apart when Arabs erupted in protest and violence against the British and Jews, leading to the British restricting Jewish migration and land purchases in Palestine, preventing any creation of a safe-haven in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust.

Muhammad Amin al-Husayn was the Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937, making him the leading Muslim Islamic legal, religious authority in Palestine. In exile from 1937 to 1945, he spent his time openly helping Hitler’s anti-Jew agenda.

The Holocaust Museum records that he “collaborated with the German and Italian governments by broadcasting pro-Axis, anti-British, and anti-Jewish propaganda via radio to the Arab world; inciting violence against Jews and the British authorities in the Middle East; and recruiting young men of Islamic faith for service in German military, Waffen-SS, and auxiliary units.”

And when the Nazi and Axis powers began collapsing, al-Husayn “devoted the remainder of his life to supporting Palestinian nationalism and to agitating against the State of Israel. He continued to produce and disseminate anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israel propaganda.”

All of these actions were taken in the Arab world to prevent the creation of an Israeli state. Tlaib’s “people” opposed Jews fleeing persecution and death at the hands of Nazis and attacked Jews themselves. And after the Jewish state was declared, the nations of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded the new country the very next day.

As Seth Mandel observed of Tlaib’s comments, “Rather than acknowledge the historical fact that Jews are indigenous to the land, Tlaib plays up the classic incitement: that Jews don’t belong there and refugees are an existential threat. She then uses this to call again for the erasure of the Jewish state. Chilling.”

Jews had nowhere to flee before or after World War II; countries everywhere restricted Jewish refugees from entering their countries. When the state of Israel was finally created — just years after the Holocaust — Jews streamed to a place that would accept them, and Arab nations and Palestinians tried to eliminate them.

In analyzing the Hamas charter, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that the radical Islamic worldview it embraces leads to “the refusal to recognize the State of Israel’s right to exist as an independent, sovereign nation, the waging of a ceaseless jihad (holy war) against it and total opposition to any agreement or arrangement that would recognize its right to exist.”

Tlaib uses nicer, “more kind” words, but her belief that Israel shouldn’t exist as a state of a safe haven for Jews puts her in the same side of the pendulum as Hamas. The question is why are Nancy Pelosi and Democrats not condemning and stripping her of committee assignments like Republicans did to Steve King?

Tolerating this form of anti-Semitism only encourages it. And as the Democrats enable her, Tlaib is increasingly voicing more extreme views in public.

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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.