While discussing President Trump’s white supremacist incitement against immigrants, CNN’s Jake Tapper managed to contort the conversation to work in a dig at Palestinians, drawing a comparison between the “tone set in the Arab world, Palestinian leaders and the way they talk about Israelis… validating this hatred.”  As a matter of technicality, there are some Palestinians who preach hate, but there are also countless Israeli leaders who preach hate (just watch this video and see). The question for Tapper is this: Of all potential examples of incitement that exist in the world, why specifically pick on an oppressed population living under Israeli occupation and apartheid for an analogy of this kind? Why reinforce that trope that Palestinians have a culture of hate? This ugly trope, by the way, is specifically used to get Israel off the hook for its decades of oppression against Palestinians. When Arab American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called out Tapper’s tying of the Palestinian struggle for equality with white supremacist incitement, Tapper responded by gaslighting Tlaib, claiming he never said anything of the sort. Too bad for Tapper, he is already on record saying in more explicit terms that BDS advocacy is the sort of thing you’d see in a white supremacist publication. By the way, remember when Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN for remarks about Palestine. Yeah, just a random, totally unrelated thought.

comments powered by Disqus