As far as we can tell, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is in Congress for only three reasons: Criticize Donald Trump and his supporters, call for the defunding of police, and attack Israel with each and every opportunity she gets. The radical lawmaker was back at this latter hobby on Tuesday when she slammed Israel for being “racist” in their appropriation of the coronavirus vaccine.
“I think it’s really important to understand Israel is a racist state and that they would deny Palestinians, like my grandmother, access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe that she’s an equal human being that deserves to live, deserves to be able to be protected by this global pandemic,” Tlaib told Democracy Now!
“And it’s really hard to watch as this apartheid state continues to deny their own neighbors, the people that breathe the same air they breathe, that live in the same communities,” Tlaib continued.
The Michigan “Squad” member said that the United States is complicit in “enabling” the racist ways of Israel.
The only problem with Tlaib’s theory? It isn’t true.
“@RashidaTlaib, you are entitled to your own opinions, not your own facts,” the American Jewish Committee tweeted. “Israel is giving the vaccine to all its citizens, Jewish and Arab alike. The PA, responsible for Palestinian healthcare, has rejected Israel’s help and ordered its own vaccines.”
The people at StopAntisemitism.org noted that the Oslo Accords give the Palestinian National Authority full responsibility for the health of their residents in Gaza and the West Bank.
“A sitting Congresswoman (Palestinian) is clueless about the Oslo Accords,” they tweeted before quoting them: “The Palestinian side shall continue to apply the present standards of vaccinations of Palestinians and shall improve them according to the internationally accepted standards in the field, taking into account WHO recommendations.”
In a conversation with CNN this week, Israeli health minister Yuli Edelstein expressed confusion as to why Israel should be responsible for vaccinating Palestinians.
“Our calculation was based on Israeli citizens. If we’ll get to the situation where everyone in the country who wants to be vaccinated is vaccinated, we will be more than ready to share the vaccines with our neighbors. At this stage we are talking about Israeli citizens. I haven’t heard of any obligation of Israel to pay for the vaccines for someone else,” he said.
We assume it’s only a matter of time before we learn that the U.S. is “racist” for not deploying vaccine to Honduras and Guatemala.
Then again, once this guy gets settled into the White House…