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Tlaib charges GOP spreading ‘outright lies’ about her remarks on the Holocaust and Israel

Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said in an interview that it gave her “a calming feeling” to think of her Palestinian ancestors giving up their lives and their land to create a safe haven for Jews fleeing the persecution of the Holocaust. She added that her ancestors had to give up their dignity at the same time, which is why she now supports a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Given the deeply polarized atmosphere in Washington now, and Tlaib’s outspoken criticism of Israel’s current government policies, her statement immediately caused a furor. Many right-wing critics interpreted her statement as meaning the Holocaust itself gave her a calming feeling, and others accused her of anti-Semitism, as they have often done since her election to office last fall. President Donald Trump tweeted that she had a “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

On Monday, Tlaib accused Trump and GOP lawmakers of “spreading outright lies” about her.

“The Holocaust was a horrific persecution of Jewish people and should be remembered as such, nothing short of that. While I conveyed these sentiments during Yahoo’s Skullduggery’s Podcast, it’s shameful that right-wing extremists and GOP leadership, including President Trump, have twisted and misconstrued my words to spread falsehoods rooted in hate,” Tlaib said in a statement Monday.

“Trump has doubled down on his party’s use of the Holocaust to score political points,” she added. “This is yet another attempt by the administration and the GOP to try to distract from their horrible policies, lawless acts, and actual anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

During the interview on the “Skullduggery” podcast released Friday, Tlaib was asked about her support for a one-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.

Tlaib responded by noting that Holocaust Remembrance Day recently occurred and said, “There’s kind of a calming feeling I always 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.” Read more

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