World Keffiyeh Day “is to be commemorated on an annual basis in conjunction with Nakba Day, in order to show solidarity with the Palestinian cause and struggle.”
It should come as no surprise that US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib continues her activism against the State of Israel, most recently by promoting “World Keffiyeh Day” on Sunday.
Initiated by the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights student organization, World Keffiyeh Day, observed on May 11, “is to be commemorated on an annual basis in conjunction with Nakba Day (15 May), in order to show solidarity with the Palestinian cause and struggle,” as explained on its website.
Using social media platforms, Tlaib posted photos of herself and others celebrating World Keffiyeh Day, saying “it is a day to raise awareness of the #Palestinian struggle, the #Nakba Day, and to celebrate the beautiful Palestinian culture!”
“Nakba” is Arabic for “catastrophe.” Nakba Day, observed May 15, the anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, is based on the lie that Israel displaced hundreds of thousands of “Palestinians” from their homes.
In fact, Jews living in the Land of Israel were known as Palestinians before the creation of the modern State of Israel. There was never a Palestinian state.
Nor was there a Palestinian nation.
“Before the Balfour Promise, when the Ottoman rule [1517-1917] ended, Palestine’s political borders as we know them today did not exist, and there was nothing called a Palestinian people with a political identity as we know today”, historian Abd Al-Ghani admitted on official PA TV on November 1, 2017.
“Since Palestine’s lines of administrative division stretched from east to west and included Jordan and southern Lebanon, and like all peoples of the region [the Palestinians] were liberated from the Turkish rule and immediately moved to colonial rule, without forming a Palestinian people’s political identity,” he said.
In 1947, the UN proposed the partition of Palestine into two states – one for the Jews and the other for the Arabs, with an internationally controlled area around Jerusalem. The Jews accepted the offer; the Arabs rejected it.
Tensions piqued on November 29, following the UN General Assembly’s vote in favor of partition, and Jewish communities throughout the Land of Israel found themselves under attack by local Arab gangs. On May 15, 1948, Israel officially declared statehood. The very next day, the nascent Jewish state was invaded by the armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
Tlaib uses her prominent position to continue inciting hatred for Israel. Four months ago, for example, she retweeted a post by Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian official known for spreading lies about the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which she claimed that Israelis had kidnapped and murdered a seven-year-old Palestinian child.
In fact, Israeli emergency personnel made every effort to find the lost boy.
When the lies were exposed, Ashrawi merely responded, “My apologizes for re-tweeting something that’s not fully verified. It seems that the news of his being kidnapped is not certain.” She and Tlaib removed their posts, but by the time they did that, hundreds of thousands of people had seen the modern-day blood libel.
We can expect Tlaib to continue using her influence to malign the democratic State of Israel, an oasis of freedom and diversity in the Middle East.