ADL Chief Blasts Antisemitic Rep. Tlaib Over Israel ‘Slander’

ADL Chief Blasts Antisemitic Rep. Tlaib Over Israel ‘Slander’

July 4, 2023

The Daily Wire reports that Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), berated antisemitic Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Monday on Twitter for her critique about Israel launching a military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Reacting to video footage posted by Al Jazeera English that seemed to show an Israeli bulldozer destroying a street in a Jenin refugee camp, Tlaib tweeted, “Israeli forces are now blocking ambulances from reaching the dozens of wounded Palestinians after at least eight people were killed in Jenin. Congress must stop funding this violent Israeli apartheid regime.”

Greenblatt reacted by accusing Tlaib of spreading falsehoods and echoing what the Israeli Defense Force has said about the operation — that the IDF is striking “terrorist infrastructure” while conducting a counterterrorism operation in the area.

“Even for [Tlaib], the level of dishonesty here is truly staggering,” Greenblatt said. “For starters, it’s a complete fiction. But equally important, this was a targeted action against armed terrorists who brutally murdered innocents, recklessly hid weapons under a mosque and intentionally located their ops center next to a school,” he added.

“But when members of congress knowingly slander the Jewish state in a time of rising anti-Jewish hate, they should be held accountable for fanning the flames and endangering Jewish people everywhere,” Greenblatt concluded.

Greenblatt has criticized Tlaib before for her anti-Israel rhetoric: last year, he joined with Jewish pro-Israel Democrats in condemning Tlaib after she declared that “you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel’s apartheid government” at an American Muslims for Palestine event.

“In one sentence, [Tlaib] simultaneously tells American Jews that they need to pass an anti-Zionist litmus test to participate in progressive spaces even as she doubles down on her #antisemitism by slandering Israel as an apartheid state,” Greenblatt said in a pair of tweets reacting to Tlaib’s assertion. “It’s absolutely reprehensible and does nothing to advance the cause of peace. We call on people of good will and leaders across the political spectrum to make clear that such #antisemitism will not be tolerated,” he added.

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