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Face-Off With Rashida Tlaib: A Personal Story

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Dov Hikind faced off with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib at an event at Rutgers University. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Dov Hikind, former Democratic New York State Assemblyman, stood up in from of a room of 600 people at Rutgers University and challenged Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s blood libel against the Jewish people.

Tlaib recently tweeted an accusation that Israelis executed a Palestinian child. The accusation was proven false but Tlaib offered no retraction to her almost 900,000 Twitter followers.

The face-off between Tlaib and Hikind happened at a Muslims 4 Peace event at Rutgers where Tlaib was a featured speaker. Hikind sat through three hours of speakers before asking Tlaib why she retweeted the blood libel and pushed fake news of a child’s death to her 900,000 followers — and then never apologized for it when it was discovered the child had accidentally drowned through no fault of anyone.

Hikind is the founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, a group formed to challenge the recent out-of-control hate against Jews in America. Hikind urges people to challenge hatred. It’s not enough to send a press release or simply condemn the hate.

“This is the worst thing of all, I have to tell you. It’s not what Rashida Tlaib did, which is terrible. It is the silence of Democratic leaders. Not one, not one single person — not Schumer, not Nadler, not Schiff, not Pelosi — no one said one single world.

Imagine if a Republican had said the same thing. Can you imagine? They’d be debating it on MSNBC and CNN. They’d be writing about it in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Silence is dangerous. My mother went to Auschwitz in 1944. My grandparents went straight to the gas chambers — all because of hate, hate toward the Jewish people. My grandparents didn’t do anything to anybody. But they were murdered by those who hated Jews.”

Clarion Project sat down with Dov Hikind to talk about his face off with Rashida Tlaib and the growing anti-Semitism in the country. Listen:

 

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