Reformist imam calls on Rep. Rashida Tlaib to resign over Holocaust remarks

May 14, 2019 by Ben Marquis

Democrat Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the two Muslim women currently in Congress, sparked controversy once again with outrageously anti-Semitic commentary that invoked the Holocaust and rewrote the history of the post-World War II creation of the modern nation of Israel.

Predictably, “conservatives pounced” in the eyes of the liberal media, but it wasn’t just conservatives who called out Tlaib for her remarks, as a reform-minded Islamic imam also suggested the congresswoman resign in disgrace.

Tlaib rewrites history

The Washington Examiner reported on the increasingly frequent tendency toward anti-Semitic commentary from the likes of Tlaib or Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and how those two predictably attempt to play the victim once their controversial remarks result in justifiable criticism.

In this latest incident, Tlaib spoke during an interview of the “calming feeling” she gets when thinking about the Holocaust.

Tlaib asserted that this wave of calm was not attributable to the deaths of millions of innocent Jews, but rather to the purported heroism of the Palestinian people at that point in time.

Tlaib essentially rewrote history by suggesting that her Palestinian ancestors had welcomed with open arms the persecuted Jews fleeing Europe to the Middle East and willingly gave up their land to provide a “safe haven” for those Jews.

This, of course, ignores the fact that Palestinian leadership at the time had openly allied itself with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, aided in the Nazi extermination of Jews and staunchly opposed the creation of a Jewish state in the Middle East.

Many Palestinians at that time fought tooth and nail against the settlement of European Jews in the Judaic ancestral homeland that is now the modern nation of Israel, and that battle continues to rage today more than 70 years later.

Imam calls for Tlaib’s resignation

Tlaib claimed that her words were taken out of context and twisted, but the remarks remain controversial even in the context of a full quote, and regardless, are quite disgraceful, as was noted by reformist imam Mohamad Tawhidi.

Known on Twitter as the “Imam of Peace,” Tawhidi tweeted, “Rashida Tlaib is a disgrace and does not represent American values. Her comments about the Holocaust come straight out of a Hamas textbook. Her type ‘wish that Hitler had finished the job’. The only Americans she is representing are David Duke and his thugs. Should resign.”

The left can easily dismiss criticism of Tlaib from the right as being Islamophobic or racist or sexist, all of the tried and true tropes that have worked in the past to shield minorities from justifiable criticism.

It is rather difficult for the left to claim Islamophobic or racist motivations behind the criticism from the imam, however, so in all likelihood the left will simply ignore his appropriate call for Tlaib to resign over her despicable commentary about Jews, the Holocaust and Palestinians.