Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a member of the infamous “Squad” of radical Democratic lawmakers, has made a name for herself by viciously bashing Israel and calling for the US to end its special relationship with the Jewish state.
This week she was at it again with a Twitter post purportedly showing Israeli police officers beating Palestinian Arab teenagers in Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
What a media coup for someone who hates Israel with as much vigor as Tlaib!
Only problem is that the conclusion she drew from a video clip of the incident, and which she shared as incontrovertible fact, was entirely false.
“This is the violent apartheid government of Israel. Don’t look away,” she wrote in sharing another tweet that featured a clip of a scuffle outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Responses started flooding in that her tweet was inaccurate, and Twitter flagged it as questionable.
In fact, the video showed Israeli police officers breaking up a fight between Palestinian teenagers as they entered the Old City to celebrate the second night of the holiday.
Palestinian teens were fighting each other and causing a public disturbance. Israeli police came in to restore the peace.
Spreading lies and misinformation is unbecoming of a congresswoman.
— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) March 26, 2023
Following the outcry, the original tweet that Tlaib shared was removed by the original poster. But Tlaib kept her post live, and it continues to be shared and liked despite being a blatant example of “fake news.”
Both Democratic and Republican voices called out the congresswoman and urged her to be more honest on the subject of Israel.
“This is just the latest in your pattern of using false reports to delegitimize and demonize the world’s only Jewish state,” tweeted the Democratic Majority for Israel.
Rep. @RashidaTlaib, you should take this down — it’s false and dangerous. The police didn’t attack the Palestinians; they stopped them from attacking each other.
This is just the latest in your pattern of using false reports to delegitimize and demonize the world’s only… https://t.co/2gJLlW6J8I
— Democratic Majority for Israel (@DemMaj4Israel) March 27, 2023
“Another day, another blatant anti-Israel lie by Rashida Tlaib—and no one in House Democratic Party leadership will hold her accountable,” added the Republican Jewish Coalition.
— RJC (@RJC) March 27, 2023
With reporting by JNS.
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