Rashida Tlaib Retweets Lie About Palestinian Boy Killed by ‘Herd of Violent Israelis’

Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-MI joins activists asking for impeachment of US President Trump as they gather on Capitol Hill on September 23, 2019 in Washington,DC. - The demonstration and press event was to demand the House of Representatives to take urgent and immediate action towards impeaching US President Donald Trump. …
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TEL AVIV – U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and other leading political figures around the world shared what has been dubbed a “blood libel” in which the drowning of a seven-year-old Arab child in Jerusalem was falsely attributed to “a herd of violent Israeli settlers.” 

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi wrote on Twitter, “The heart just shatters. The pain is unbearable. No words.”

She then retweeted the post of an “activist,” whose Twitter account was later suspended, in which he claimed that Qais Abu Ramila was abducted and assaulted before being thrown into a well by Israelis.
“KIDNAPPED & EXECUTED,” wrote “realSeifBitar”.

“7 year old #Palestinian child Qusai was kidnapped by a Herd of violent #Israeli settlers, assaulted & thrown in a water well was found this morning frozen to death in Beit Hanina, #Jerusalem after #Israeli forces assaulted search teams,” the fake activist added.

After news emerged the boy had slipped into and drowned in a pond, Ashrawi posted a partial retraction saying the “kidnapping was not certain.”

“My apologies for re-tweeting something that’s not fully verified,” she tweeted. “It seems that the news of his being kidnapped is not certain.”

She did not, however, remove the original tweet with the blood libel.

Tlaib deleted the tweet but did not issue an apology to her almost 900,000 followers.

But the deletion came too late. Several high profile Twitter users picked up Tlaib’s tweet, including antisemitic British politician George Galloway who then pinned his retweet.

“This child, aged 7, has just been fished out of a well dead in #Jerusalem,” Galloway wrote. “Murdered by illegal Israeli settlers. Will anyone in power cry with his mother and father today? Will anyone check this evil rampage against the people of #Palestine? Anyone?”

Galloway’s false tweet still remains pinned as of this publishing – more than 36 hours after the lies surrounding the boy’s death were discredited.

Galloway also posted a photo of rescue workers laying the boy down. The original tweet claimed, “Israeli forces assaulted search teams.” It was in fact, Israeli rescue workers and firefighters who found the boy after searching for him all night. Israel police also put a call out for help in the search and hundreds volunteered.

After the boy’s family initially said he was kidnapped, a claim they later retracted, hundreds of Arab residents of the Bet Hanina neighborhood in east Jerusalem stormed the nearby Jewish neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, hoping to find the “kidnapped” child.

Some of the rioters threw rocks at police.

 

 

 

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