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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Under Fire for “Nakba Day” Tweet

Last Friday, the Michigan Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib tweeted on the day after the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of Israel:

“Today, Palestinians around the world commemorate the Nakba (النكبة), Arabic for ‘catastrophe’ recognizing the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestine. ~530 Palestinian neighborhoods were uprooted + destroyed +750,000 Palestinians became refugees,” Tlaib tweeted.

In a statement, Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the Conference of Jewish Affairs called her words “despicable” adding that, “The ethnic cleansing going on today in the Middle East and northern Africa is being done mostly by Arab Muslim leaders and jihadists who are systematically purging these areas of age-old Christian communities, indigenous tribes, and remnants of the few Jews remaining in these areas.”

For years, anti-Israel activists have marked May 15th – the day after the anniversary of Israel’s establishment – as a day of mourning, dubbed the “Nakba Day”.

Last year, Tlaib was barred from entering Israel, over her vocal support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. (Arutz Sheva / VFI News)

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