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Tlaib Blasted for Comments Linking Jews to Impoverished African-Americans in Detroit

(JNS) The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations denounced recent statements by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) that seemed to imply that Jews exploit the poor in her home city of Detroit and around the world.

The Conference said on August 6 that it was deeply concerned about the antisemitic nature of Tlaib’s comments that she delivered during a video address for the Democratic Socialists of America National Convention.

Tlaib said that as a Palestinian American whose family lives under what she called a military occupation, she saw parallels with the treatment of African-Americans in Detroit.

“I always tell people, cutting people off from water is violence,” she said, “and they do it from Gaza to Detroit. And it’s a way to control people, to oppress people.”

Tlaib said that the exploitation is the result of a structure that she believes oppresses people for profit at the expense of what she called human rights like universal health care, a higher minimum wage and against the fight for a “free Palestine.”

“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,” she said.

The comments set off some outrage on social media, although not as much as recent rhetoric by her colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), where it was pointed out that the conspiracy that Jews are behind oppression all over the world is the same as that peddled by the Nazis.

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