U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Former New York State Democrat Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Jewish man, was forcibly removed from a “Muslims4Peace” event on Sunday at Rutgers University after he confronted Rep. Rashida Tlaib over her antisemitism while she was speaking at the event.
According to the Daily Wire, the event was titled “A Global Crisis: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers – Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad,” where the head presenter noted that he didn’t agree with Tlaib politically but she should be heard out regardless.
The Daily Wire interviewed Hikind about what happened and he gave his description of the events:
“As [Tlaib] started to speak about ‘showing up for allies,’ I decided it was time to take her to task for her recent promotion of an anti-Jewish blood libel,” Hikind said. “I stood up and asked her ‘what about your antisemitism? What about your spreading of a blood libel?’”
“And before I could finish my question, one man jumped at me and grabbed me,” Hikind continued. “I warned him to immediately get his hands off and he complied. The police were waiting on the sidelines and jumped in a second later and forcibly removed me. They did their job, and I have no qualms with them. But Rashida couldn’t answer me to my face.”
“I stood ten feet away from her, and all she could do was play the victim,” Hikind continued. “I was told that after I was escorted out she claimed that my question was part of a pattern of discrimination against people like her grandmother. In reality, she’s a shameless anti-Semite who hides her hate behind the guise of victimhood although she’s the only one consistently guilty of perpetuating hate. She’s the one guilty of promoting libelous lies that lead directly to violence! At the end of it all, Rashida showed us again that she has no backbone and has no real defense or justification for her abhorrent statements.”
Police just ejected me from an event of @Muslims4Peace at @RutgersU which was a fine event until @RashidaTlaib showed up. I challenged her about her antisemitism and spreading of an anti-Jewish blood libel! She had no answer for me.
They will never silence us!
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) February 9, 2020
You can see in the video that Hikind was drowned out by the crowd chanting “Rashida” and thus was unable to get Tlaib to answer for her words.
This isn’t surprising. Tlaib has made many antisemitic comments in the past, including the fact that the thought of the holocaust gives her a “calming feeling.” Democrats proceeded to run defense for Tlaib then too.