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SACKS: Israel Shouldn’t Ban Omar, Tlaib For Legitimate Criticism

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Led by Donald Trump, many American conservatives are branding legitimate criticism of Israel or the $3 billion in aid America provides it with each year as “anti-Semitic.” At Trump’s urging, Israel has now banned Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) from visiting the country. Trump has said the two “hate Israel and all Jewish people.”

This comes after a months-long quarrel between Trump and the congresswomen. In May, Trump criticized Tlaib over her statements on the Holocaust and Palestine, tweeting, “She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Tlaib had said:

There’s always kind of a calming feeling … when I think of … the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost their lives … in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews [during] horrific persecution … I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that.

Though widely bastardized by Trump’s supporters a statement that the Holocaust gave Tlaib “calming feeling,” her statement was essentially correct. Palestine did provide a refuge for those fleeing the Holocaust, and Palestinians did lose their land. Tlaib’s implication that Palestinians did this somewhat voluntarily to help persecuted Jews is not accurate, but the Palestinians’ opposition to mass Jewish immigration was justified.

One might compare Trump supporters’ opposition........

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