Palestinian-American US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., claimed in an interview that her ancestors provided a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust.
“There’s always kind of a calming feeling when I think of the tragedy of the Holocaust, that it was my ancestors – Palestinians – who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity and their existence, in many ways, has been wiped out… in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that in many ways,” Tlaib said.
Well-known Australian Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, also known as the “Imam of peace,” reacted on Twitter on Sunday, writing, “You mean my ancestors came and converted yours into Islam by the sword (from Judaism/Christianity), and now you think that by changing your beliefs you can also change Jerusalem’s Jewish identity. Nice try. You’re the guest here, not the Jewish people.”