No sooner had I written my last article telling Jewish leaders that David Ben-Gurion attended a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem do we now learn that a big Trump supporter was hugging Rashida Tlaib, the new Democrat Congresswoman from Michigan, and a supporter of Palestinian rights.
The Nakba Day for people new to the word is the flight of 700,000 Palestinians in 1948 (May 15) from their Homeland. The congresswoman is a Palestinian-American whose mother is from Beth Ur El Foka which is on the West Bank.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib did call out Congressman Mark Meadows using the woman as a “prop” a racist action in bringing an African-American woman, a former employee of the Trump Corporation who is now working at the government agency H.U.D. It’s highly probable that the congresswoman violated a rule of Congress since she is new on the job.
And in pursuing his point, Congressman Meadow was touting his record and does not want to be considered a racist for what Congresswoman Tliab said. And I have to agree with the congresswoman that hiring a Black woman and getting along well with her does not exclude the possibility that Trump is racist. Hitler, in his early days in power (I repeat from another article) protected Jews who were attacked) and we know that Hitler was a racist.
Congresswoman Tlaib is for the impeachment of Donald Trump and she wants it now. Given all this information, wouldn’t you think that some Jewish leaders should be denouncing Congressman Meadow for making up with Tlaib and hugging her? The argument of my fellow Jews is quickly falling apart at the seams. But I was just joking about the Nakba Awareness of Trump’s supporter. Maybe he has no clue about Nabka.
And Congresswoman Omar has taken the seat of Keith Ellison who has been criticized for not denouncing Minister Louis Farrakhan. And she is worried about her past comments or mistakes and how that will affect the debate on foreign policy concerning Israel-Palestinians. We should be concerned as we should be concerned about everything that we are fighting for. And we should be much more convincing.
Congressman Meadow was touting his record, but there was a posting of a rally in his district years ago where he was critical of Barack Obama. He called for sending Obama back to Kenya, which was a false claim of place of birth. Why couldn’t he hug and make up with Obama then? And don’t forget Trump’s role in the birther movement.
And you would think that people in high positions would be able to sort things out and undo so many statements that they have made against this person or that person. Yes, in my opinion, Keith Ellison and others have become toxic (slightly) and we need people in power that are not toxic, but we also need people in power that are so qualified that they can get the job done well. Just replacing people like Ellison may not be good enough.
Congresswoman Omar does not want Jews in our country to feel that she is anti-Semitic because she is Muslim. This is a big mistake and I have to confess that I was not impressed by her interview and questioning of Eliot Abrams related to the war in Central America (particularly where there was a massacre in El Salvador), especially since I wrote months ago in Jewish Business News that a Salvadoran that I played golf with told me how he had witnessed Sanchez Ceren (the opposition to the United States massacre mentioned) massacre his family in front of his eyes.
I seem to be spending an immense amount of time reading about massacres that have happened everywhere and all religious groups have been involved in them. And it is always unfair to history when Palestinians, for example, mention Deir Yassin without mentioning the Hebron Massacre in 1929 and other acts of terrorism and discrimination around that time or before.
The hate did not begin with Deir Yassin or the Nakba. I also wonder about how many supporters of the Israeli boycott in universities do not know this. History Matters. Even a reading of my article on Blacks in the Holocaust will shed more light on the subject and that was before the Nakba as well. Muslims defended Jews throughout those years as their neighbors attacked Jews. Muslims are also among those considered Righteous of Nations for saving Jews during the Holocaust.
I have been with imams and done a national telephone conference call with a local imam, but perhaps we do not interact as much as we should. But I see people that respect each other very much. And yes there are people that are totally against Muslims, but why talk from a weak point of view that is hypothetical and generalize about this?
We need to devote our energies and faculties to reality. The American people are looking for great performances from their elected officials and the low rating of Congress reflects that view on both sides of the aisle.
Martin Danenberg has been the teacher of the Consulate of El Salvador where word of his work reached the cabinet level in El Salvador. He has actively promoted education among the people of Guatemala and Honduras, two nations that support the idea of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.