Rep. Rashida Tlaib was confronted at a campus event by a brave man known as Dov Hikind, a former Democratic assemblyman. He asked about her past comments that he believes were anti-Semitic. As soon as he asked the question, multiple people rushed over to him and he was soon escorted out.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends First.” Hikind said “People out there need to speak out and not be afraid. It’s not about Democrats, Republicans, it is about fighting hate, period,”
The event, titled, “A Global Crisis: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers – Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad,” was organized Sunday by the group Muslims4Peace. Hikind described the New Jersey event as “fine” and spreading “nice messages” of tolerance, unity, and love.
Hikind, who is the founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, told Fox News that after sitting in the audience for nearly three hours, Tlaib spoke at the event.
Hikind said he stood up and asked her about “her anti-Semitism and spreading a blood libel.” The blood libel originally referred to the false claim during the Middle Ages that Jews used Christian blood to make matzah for Passover, but has since been used to describe other false claims that Jews committed heinous acts.
Hikind was referring to Tlaib retweeting a message from Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi that spread the unsubstantiated claim that Israeli Jews murdered 8-year-old Palestinian Qais Abu Ramila, who went missing in January before he was found dead. Abu Ramila’s death was later ruled an accidental drowning.
Ashrawi apologized for spreading the false message. Three days later, Tlaib shared Ashrawi’s apology with a message of her own. While she did not technically apologize, she said, “In this era of inaccurate and manipulative news, I will also strive to hold myself to the highest standards for what I share.”
“She literally was involved in a blood libel, she blamed Jews for the murder of this child,” Hikind said.
“It was a tragic situation. This child drowned. But a member of the United States Congress, without information, blamed the Jewish people.”