Anti-Israel third-term member of Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, was hit with Twitter’s new “Community Notes” system after she objected to a bipartisan trip to Israel.
Tlaib, who has been barred from Israel due to her support for the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement, which was described as antisemitic, was reacting to a tweet by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy about his visit to the country.
Rashida Tlaib claimed in a tweet that “apartheid” Israel “was born out of violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.”
However, she was immediately fact-checked by the Community Notes system, which uses crowdsourcing from various viewpoints rather than ‘corrupt’ third-party organizations like Facebook.
The Community Notes corrected Tlaib, noting Israel was officially created by a United Nations resolution and not violence, although the Palestinian Arabs and surrounding Arab states attempted to crush the state initially.
The war was not one “ethnic cleansing”; Israel often pleaded with Arab populations to stay, but many were encouraged to leave by Arab leaders.
As Breitbart notes, Historians debate whether the Israeli military pushed Arab populations out of some areas during inter-communal fighting; what is beyond debate is that Arab armies expelled Jews from certain areas, including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.
As for the accusation of “apartheid,” Israel guarantees Arabs equal rights, and an Arab party served in the previous Israeli government — something that would have been unthinkable in any “apartheid” system.
The term “Nakba” (“catastrophe”) is a Palestinian observance of the day on the secular calendar when Israel declared independence in 1948. Like many elements of Palestinian political identity, it is focused on Israel.