Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against hometown hero Tlaib

July 15, 2019
Palestinian Authority says US president’s remarks about Michigan congresswoman are an ‘insult to the Statue of Liberty’

US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, (Democrat-Michigan), center, testifies before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, in Washington, DC, July 12, 2019

Mohammed Daraghmeh writes in Times of Israel, “Palestinians on Monday denounced US President Donald Trump’s attack on US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four congresswomen of color who were targeted in a Trump Twitter barrage over the weekend.”

“Trump said the women should go back to the “broken and crime infested” places they came from, ignoring the fact that all are American citizens and three of the four, including Tlaib, were born in the US. Trump also accused them of saying “terrible things” about the US and said they “hate Israel.”.

US President Donald Trump in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 12, 2019.

“Although Tlaib has never lived in the West Bank, she has relatives in the area and is widely seen as a local hero for making her way to the highest levels of American government. Bassam Tlaib, an uncle of the congresswoman who lives in the West Bank, called the president’s comments “a racist statement meant to target Rashida because she has Palestinian roots.” “This statement proves that Trump is anti-Palestinian, anti-Islam and completely biased toward Israel,” he added.”…

“Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on Trump’s tweets. But Netanyahu’s son Yair, who serves as an unofficial adviser to his father, welcomed them. “Thank you so much! You are the best friend the Jewish people ever had in the White House!” Yair Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. (more…)

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