Hanukkah began last night and many politicians sent out their good wishes for a joyous holiday.
But the early Hanukkah wishes sent out in a video by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to a progressive Jewish group have gotten a lot of attention on social media.
Tlaib sent a Hanukkah greeting to If Not Now in Detroit. If Not Now is a far left Jewish progressive group against the “occupation.” Tlaib referenced that in her message, referring to “Falistine” and that she stood with them in their fight.
She wasn't able to make it in person, but Congresswoman @RepRashida Tlaib sent this wonderful video to the folks at INN Detroit for their Chanukah party. Thanks, Rashida!
Check out the video and check the thread below for a INN Chanukah party near you soon! pic.twitter.com/LsoL1hLidt
— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) December 20, 2019
From Israel Hayom:
“You give me life,” she gushed from her office in Washington DC. “Your 2020 platform calling for every public official to commit to defunding the occupation in Falistine and fighting anti-Semitism and white nationalism is one that I can support very strongly.”
She said the group can consider her as their “partner” in Congress as well as in Michigan’s 13th district that she represents.
She seemed to miss the irony of making an anti-Israel message recognizing a holiday that is about Jews fighting back against foreign invader oppressors of Judea.
She really missed the theme of Chanukah
— Todd Berman (@rabbitoddberman) December 20, 2019
Rashida Tlaib's insulting Hanukkah message… pic.twitter.com/epEZfn7XUV
— Israel Advocacy Movement (@israel_advocacy) December 22, 2019
Does she realise that Chanukah celebrates the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem?
— David Allon דוד אלון (@david_allon) December 21, 2019
Was thinking the same thing – if the chanukah story was happening now, @IfNotNowOrg would be on the wrong side of history
— jacob ehrenpreis (@jacobpreis) December 20, 2019
Nice to see her holiday wishes and your celebration of the holiday in which the Jews retook control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Jews fought off their enemies in the Land of Israel – thousands of years ago, recognizing the Jewish connection to the land. Thank u!
— Dov Lipman (@DovLipman) December 20, 2019
Corbyn, Tlaib, and everyone else wishing us a Happy Hanukkah, talking about shining light & having hope. Yeah, we had hope. But you know what we did first? We kicked tush. We kicked serious tush of much more powerful Greeks who occupied our Land and desecrated our holy spaces
— Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll (@skjask) December 22, 2019
At first I honestly couldn’t believe this was real. As horrible as Rashida Tlaib obviously is, could she possibly be this rotten, this bigoted? https://t.co/SHsikHoZY2
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) December 22, 2019
Rashida Tlaib's insulting Hanukkah message. The voters of Detroit can do SO much better, not just because of her antisemitism, but because she does these types of things instead of serving the needy in her own district; not in addition. @charlieleduff https://t.co/dqNBGpOsEj
— A. Benjamin Mannes (@PublicSafetySME) December 23, 2019
As Israel Hayom also notes, “Tlaib also had the (dis)honor of being named one most prominent proponents of anti-Semitism in 2019 by the Simon Wiesenthal Center” along with people like British Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn.” The Wiesenthal Center also named Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for some of her comments as well.