by Ari Lieberman
Paper of the #Resistance demonstrates shameless betrayal of journalistic integrity.
It’s safe to say that uttering the words “calming feeling” and “Holocaust” in the same sentence is never a good idea regardless of the speaker’s intentions. There was and can never be anything “calming” about the Holocaust. Yet in a podcast interview with Yahoo’s Skullduggery, a freshman member of the United States Congress said just that. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, whose history is replete with anti-Semitic statements and associations, then compounded her malevolence by lauding her Palestinian “ancestors” for providing Jewish refugees from post-Holocaust Europe with “safe haven.”
Tlaib’s comments evoked immediate outrage from President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers and Jewish groups. Predictably, Democratic leaders once again hedged, and instead of addressing the insidious problem of anti-Semitism within their ranks, circled the wagons and offered support for Tlaib and her vile comments.
As I, FPM’s Joseph Klein, and many others have noted, Tlaib’s rambling gutter talk was nothing short of ahistorical fiction, devoid of any semblance of truth. Palestinians were virulently hostile toward the Jewish residents of mandatory Palestine and unsuccessfully attempted to eradicate any trace of Jewish presence there. Moreover, the Palestinian nexus to Nazism is undeniable. In fact, Palestinian actions in support of the Nazis in no small measure helped facilitate Hitler’s Final Solution. The British mandatory authorities limited Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel to a trickle as a direct result of Arab pressure. Jews who attempted to flee Europe in a desperate bid to escape the Nazis were denied access to their ancestral home thanks to the Palestinian Arab leadership. But according to Tlaib, these are the very people who are champions of safe havens.
The Democrats’ reaction to the Tlaib outrage was unsurprising. We’ve come to expect this sort of cravenness from the Party whose astounding freefall into Corbynism should be a cause of grave concern for all Americans. Equally troubling however, is how a fringe minority of self-described Jewish outlets covered the story, chief among them, the radical left-wing Forward.
In its problematic coverage of the story, The Forward spun a convoluted Tlaib-friendly narrative that would have made a contortionist proud. The paper also cynically exploited the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump by noting that in 2017, Trump released a statement on the horrors of the Holocaust without mention of its primary victims – the Jewish people. It was an unintended mistake attributed to careless oversight but there was no nefarious design and certainly no intent to diminish the Holocaust’s significance to Jews.
There is perhaps no other leader in the free world who has done more to combat the evils of anti-Semitism than Trump. He nominated Kenneth L. Marcus to head the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Marcus, who had the same duties at the department for two years during the administration of President George W. Bush, and had been president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law in Washington, was known by all to be a formidable opponent of anti-Semitism, particularly those forms of anti-Semitism which breed and fester at America’s institutions of higher learning. After assuming the position, Marcus swiftly went into action reopening a case involving Rutgers University where Jewish students had been discriminated against by pro-Palestinian activists. The Obama administration had unsurprisingly closed the case.
Trump also appointed Elan Carr as the as the United States’ Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism. Carr’s appointment drew widespread bipartisan support as well as support from a broad spectrum of Jewish groups. This stands in marked contrast to Obama’s nominee, Hannah Rosenthal, a J Street shill, whose appointment was viewed as nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. Respected columnist Shmuel Rosner referred to her as a “burden,” “a problematic pick,” “an unwelcome distraction,” and “definitely not smart.”
At the United Nations, which without exaggeration can be classified as the world’s largest purveyor of anti-Semitism, the Trump administration has stood firm and pushed back hard against banal, pro forma U.N. resolutions condemning Israel. The administration’s actions have had a positive effect on that thoroughly corrupted body.
These and other successes the administration has had against the scourge of anti-Semitism are routinely ignored or minimized by The Forward. Instead, the outlet, which is closely aligned with the so-called #Resistance, uses its pages to smear opponents of anti-Semitism while trying to explain or contextualize the “benign” motives of those, like Rashida Tlaib, who are genuinely and grotesquely anti-Semitic. It is a shameful display of journalism at its worst.
Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor who has authored numerous articles and publications on matters concerning the Middle East and is considered an authority on geo-political and military developments affecting the region.
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