Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib is facing criticism after comments she made regarding Palestine’s involvement in the Holocaust on Skullduggery podcast. The Michigan congresswoman stated that she experiences a “calming feeling” when she tells others that her ancestors lost their land, livelihood and existence in order to “create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust”. Tlaib went on to finish the comment by stating, “I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, and it was forced on them,”
In an interview with Jewish News Syndicate, a Brandeis University professor of American Jewish History, Jonathan Sarna, fact-checked her immediately and suggested KGO host John Rothmann‘s 2008 book as a reference for people to learn the truth:
“Congresswoman Tlaib’s ignorance is exceeded only by her gall. Had she read no further than Wikipedia, she would know that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, collaborated with both Italy and Germany by making propagandistic radio broadcasts and by helping the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS… Those interested in facts, rather than distortions and propaganda, should consult Klaus Gensicke and Alexander Fraser Gunn’s The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazis: The Berlin Years, or the very readable book by David Dalin and John Rothmann, Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam,” he continued.
“Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam” is a biography of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, during the British Mandate period.