Don’t Know Much About History


That would be the charitable way of categorizing Congresscritter Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) statement that her “Palestinian” ancestors provided a safe haven for Jews fleeing the Holocaust.

First, there were no “Palestinians” during the Holocaust or the immediate aftermath. The arabs living in Palestine during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate called themselves “Arabs.” No one referred to them as “Palestinians” until after Israel had survived being invaded by multiple Arab armies in 1948.

Second, even if she used the term “Palestinian” proleptically, the arabs almost universally opposed Jewish immigration into the region, and they did so violently for the half-century prior to the founding of the State of Israel. And in 1967, and in 1973, and in …

Of course, it could be that Tlaib really believes the Palestinian propaganda version of Near Eastern history, but I don’t think so. I believe she knows the truth, but it doesn’t fit her narrative. Her response to outrage over her statements has been to double down with a statement repeating the lie that Palestinians welcomed Jewish refugees.

Not even CNN is buying it.

Common Core and the Holocaust


There’s a pencil sketch of a young Army captain hanging among the family pictures in the hall in my house. It’s dated “Dachau ’45.” The artist was a Jewish prisoner. My father was involved in the liberation of Dachau and contributed to the official report on the camp as a military intelligence officer. My father didn’t speak much about that experience, but his letters home from that time painted a picture of inhuman horror.

The Gentle Reader should therefore understand my lack of patience with holocaust deniers and should understand my utter disgust at the recent stories of trying to teach “critical thinking” by arguing that the holocaust was a hoax.