CAMERA’s Israel office has prompted correction of a Haaretz article which incorrectly identified Rep. Rashida Tlaib as “the first Palestinian-American representative in Congress” (“‘Safe Haven?’ What Israeli, Palestinian Scholars Think about Rashida Tlaib’s Holocaust Comments“).
While Tlaib is apparently the first Palestinian-American woman
in Congress, she is not the first Palestinian-American in Congress. Congressman Justin Amash
, whose father is Palestinian, has served in Congress since 2011. Before them Republican John E. Sununu
served a dozen years, starting in 1997. His father descends from Greek Orthodox Christians from Jerusalem.
And the very first Palestinian member of Congress—albeit someone who was not Palestinian Arab—was John Hans Krebs, who served in California’s 17th district from 1974-79. Krebs was born
in British-ruled Mandate Palestine.
In response to communication from CAMERA, Haaretz
editors commendably amended the online article, which now accurately refers to Tlaib as “the first Palestinian-American woman representative in Congress.” Although the error appeared in the print edition, Haaretz
did not publish a print correction.
Last week CAMERA’s Washington D.C., office prompted correction of the identical error at The Hill