When former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a conservative Democrat and a Jew, challenged Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about her alleged anti-Semitism at a Muslims for Peace event on Sunday at Rutgers University, several police officers surrounded him and then forcibly removed him from the event.
As Hikind, the founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, was being forced out of the room, the attendees started chanting "Ra-shi-da! Ra-shi-da! Ra-shi-da!"
After the altercation, Hikind tweeted, "Police just ejected me from an event of @Muslims4Peace at @RutgersU which was a fine event until @RashidaTlaib showed up. I challenged her about her antisemitism and spreading of an anti-Jewish blood libel! She had no answer for me. They will never silence us! Cc @IlhanMN."
While Tlaib was onstage speaking, Hikind had stood up and asked her, "What about your anti-Semitism? What about your blood libel?" It was then that the police surrounded him and forced him to leave.
Controversial remarks made by Tlaib and her support for the anti-Israel BDS movement have led to allegations that she is anti-Semitic.
On Jan. 25, Tlaib had re-tweeted an item from PLO official Hanan Ashrawi claiming that a Palestinian child had been "kidnapped by a Herd of violent #Israeli settlers, assaulted & thrown in a water well" where he died. This is a typical anti-Jewish smear, a "blood libel," the idea that Jews kill Christian children and use their blood in religious rituals.
It is an anti-Semitic charge and the story re-tweeted by Tlaib was false. By re-tweeting it, Tlaib spread the lie to her 915,000 followers on Twitter.
On Jan. 28, after Tlaib learned the charge was false, she deleted her re-tweet but did not apologize. She said, "In this era of inaccurate and manipulative news, I will also strive to hold myself to the highest standards for what I share."
In an interview with CBN News, Hikind said, “The bottom line is Ashrawi apologized and Tlaib, a member of our Congress, never apologized. How do you support the idea that Jews murdered this child when there was absolutely nothing to indicate that?”
In reference to challenging Tlaib face to face, Hikind said, “I think she was shocked by what happened suddenly. She didn’t address it. All she needed to do was to say, ‘I’m sorry. I made a terrible mistake.’ Apologize to the Jewish people. Apologize to the people of this country for doing something that is so, so dangerous.”
“It undermines the foundations of this country when people play politics with anti-Semitism,” Hikind told CBN News. “If it’s a Republican, we’ll speak out. If it’s a Democrat, we’ll be silent…I’m a Democrat and, unfortunately, my party has gone off the cliff. I mean its just outrageous what goes on. That there are two standards for hate."
Mark Levin, a conservative talk-radio host and a Jew, has said “the evidence is overwhelming that these women are anti-Semite bigots," in reference to Tlaib and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
"They are degrading an entire faith, an entire people, Jews, Israelis," said Levin last summer.
The 14th Annual Interfaith Prophet Muhammad Conference, sponsored by Muslims for Peace, was held at Rutgers University on Feb. 9