In a recent video, Rashida Tlaib tells her audience that “behind the curtain,” the forces who stop a “free Palestine” are the “same people” who exploit “regular Americans” for “their profit.”
"We also need to recognize- and this is for me as a Palestinian American, we also need to recognize as I think about my family and Palestine that continue to live under military occupation and how that really interacts with this beautiful Black city that I grew up in," Tlaib began, referring to her hometown of Detroit. "You know, I always tell people cutting people off from water is violence from Gaza to Detroit. And it's a way to control people, to oppress people. And it's those structures that we continue to fight against."
"I know that you all understand the structure that we've been living under right now is designed by those that exploit the rest of us for their own profit," Tlaib continued. "I don't care if it's the issue around global human rights and our fight to free Palestine or to push back against those that don't believe in the minimum wage or those that believe that people have a right to health care and so much more. And I tell people those same people that if you open the curtain and look behind the curtain, it's the same people that make money and, yes they do, off of racism, off of these broken policies. There is someone there making money and you saw it!"
Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL, who’s done yeoman’s work wishing away the anti-Semitism being normalized on the progressive left, deemed this video a “dog whistle.”
These are some of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes on the books. The claim that Jews are “exploiting” “regular” citizens is the basis for nearly every major anti-Semitic tract of the modern age — from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Mein Kampf to the Hamas charter. The notion that Jews operate behind curtains is another popular anti-Semitic image. Tlaib knows exactly what she’s saying, and she seems to be aware that none of her fellow party members will call her out on it.
Greenblatt took to Twitter on Tuesday and scolded the Democratic "Squad" member for her remarks.
"Stunning to hear @RashidaTlaib claim ‘behind the curtain,’ those who prevent a ‘free Palestine’ are the ‘same people’ who exploit ‘regular Americans.’ We've heard this kind of ugly #antisemitic dog whistling before, but it's appalling when it comes from a member of Congress," Greenblatt tweeted.
Tlaib's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.