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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Accused of Using 'Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles' During Speech (Again)

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Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) gave a speech to the Democratic Socialists of America recently where she liberally used anti-Semitic tropes at the group’s national convention.

“We also need to recognize — and this is for me as a Palestinian American — we also need to recognize as I think about my family and Palestine that continue to live under military occupation and how that really interacts with this beautiful black city that I grew up in,” Tlaib began, referring to her hometown of Detroit. “You know, I always tell people cutting people off from water is violence from Gaza to Detroit. And it’s a way to control people, to oppress people. And it’s those structures that we continue to fight against.”

Who is “controlling” people in Gaza and Detroit?

“I know that you all understand the structure that we’ve been living under right now is designed by those that exploit the rest of us for their own profit,” Tlaib continued. “I don’t care if it’s the issue around global human rights and our fight to free Palestine or to pushing back against those that don’t believe in the minimum wage or those that believe that people have a right to health care and so much more. And I tell people, those same people, that if you open the curtain and look behind the curtain, it’s the same people that make money and, yes they do, off of racism, off of these broken policies. There is someone there making money and you saw it!”

It’s those people “behind the curtain” who are denying Detroit residents water and Palestinians human rights. Except “behind the curtain” was a very effective Nazi propaganda theme during the 1930s.

Jonathan Greenblatt is the ADL’s president and it’s nothing he hasn’t heard from Tlaib or her ilk before.

Daily Caller:

Jewish writer Hen Mazzig commented that Tlaib failed to stand up for Palestinians without the use of “antisemitic tropes,” pointing to her comparison of Palestinians living under Israeli authority to Americans who were being exploited throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

A caricature shared by author Ben Freeman titled “Behind the Enemy Powers: The Jew” was used as propaganda in Nazi Germany, according to the Holocaust Museum. The phrase “behind the curtain” is also a fairly well-known anti-Semitic trope, used often in Nazi Germany, that suggests Jews are global puppet-masters who control things from behind the scenes.

In fact, most of her conspiracy-laden speech hinted at dark forces at work to stymie those on the left who, after all, only want to make things better for everyone — especially themselves.

Leave it to left-wing pundits like the despicable Jonathan Chait to distract from Tlaib’s fact-free rants by accusing the right of overreacting.

What a tool.

Responding, David Harsanyi asks whether the reactions to a  nauseating “behind the curtain” anti-Semitic reference are really “ultra-sensitive.”

Must be more of that “crude populism” Chait was talking about.