Rashida Tlaib refused to apologize as she walked back a anti-Semite retweet spreading “blood libel” against Israel that placed blame for the death of a young Palestinian boy on the Jewish state.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., vowing to “strive” for higher standards when it comes to sharing information on social media, but refused to apologize for another of her antisemitic postings.
I’m pretty sure that vow Tlaib made was over before she even posted her disingenuous tweet.
On Saturday, Tlaib shared an fake news tweet claiming that a 7-year-old Palestinian boy was “kidnapped and executed” by Israeli settlers and was “assaulted and thrown in a water well.”
However, it was reported in The Jerusalem Post that the boy’s death was an accidental drowning after the area was hit with heavy rain.
As reported by The Times of Israel reports:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib retweeted then removed a tweet falsely blaming Israelis for the death of a Palestinian child.
Tlaib, a Palestinian American who is a Michigan Democrat and one of only two lawmakers to back the boycott Israel movement, retweeted a tweet by Hanan Ashrawi, a top Palestinian official, who was quote-tweeting an account, realSeifBitar, that accused Israeli settlers of kidnapping, assaulting and throwing into a well an eight-year-old child. ‘The heart just shatters,’ Ashrawi said.
In fact the boy, Qais Abu Ramila, appears to have drowned accidentally in a reservoir of rainwater in eastern Jerusalem. Israeli first responders found him on Saturday and tried to revive him.
Tlaib removed her retweet, and Ashrawi eventually apologized for ‘retweeting something that’s not fully verified.’ Tlaib did not retweet the retraction.
In this era of inaccurate and manipulative news, I will also strive to hold myself to the highest standards for what I share. Know that I always seek truth as we uplift the oppressed and fight for equality, justice, and freedom. https://t.co/wma0ykjZbF
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 28, 2020
Of course, Rashida Tlaib striving to tell the truth would be on par with her Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeting facts rather than Fiction… It’s Never Gonna Happen!