In a recent interview with Fox & Friends, former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke about his recent confrontation with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) at a Muslims For Peace event at Rutgers University.
According to Hikind, he stood up during the event and asked Tlaib about “her anti-Semitism and spreading a blood libel”, causing several people, including police, to rush over and subsequently escort him from the room. Hikind tweeted a short video clip of what happened.
The former Assemblyman’s outrage was spurred by a tweet from Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi. The tweet spread a claim that Israeli Jews murdered a young Palestinian boy, which was retweeted by Tlaib.
The boy’s death was later determined to be an accidental drowning, and Ashrawi apologized for spreading false information, Tlaib’s response was…well, lacking any real form of an apology. The congresswoman removed her original retweet, and later tweeted out her own statement, “In this era of inaccurate and manipulative news, I will also strive to hold myself to the highest of standards for what I share. Know that I always seek the truth as we uplift the oppressed and fight for equality, justice, and freedom.”
Hikind went on to lay a heavy criticism upon members of his party in Congress, labelling their behavior on the issue “inexcusable.”
"The real tragedy is the Democratic Party,” he said. “Not one single Democratic member of Congress, no one, said anything about this. They’re all busy with the President of the United States, that’s all they are focused on. The anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party, not saying anything, not doing anything. And the liberal media, where are they on a blood libel?"
"The Democratic Party has two lenses when it comes to anti-Semitism: if it’s anything with the president, they are obsessed. They are obsessed-anything with the Republican Party, but they’re blind to what is going on within my own party, the Democratic Party.”