Former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind was removed from a Muslims for Peace event on Sunday, after he dared to ask keynote speaker Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), "What about your anti-Semitism? What about your blood libel?"
What are the details?
Mr. Hikind, a pro-Israel activist, posted video online showing him being interrupted and escorted out by police at Rutgers University when he attempted to ask Congresswoman Tlaib questions as she stood at the podium.
Police just ejected me from an event of @Muslims4Peace at @RutgersU which was a fine event until @RashidaTlaib show… https://t.co/bn4AgrBaEN— Dov Hikind (@Dov Hikind)1581284793.0
In the clip, Hikind can be heard asking Tlaib, "What about your ..." before he's interrupted and grabbed by a man wearing civilian clothes. "What about your anti-Semitism?" Hikind then shouts at Tlaib, "What about your blood libel?"
Tlaib appears to be attempting to calm the crowd by saying, "It's OK, no, no, no," and then she can be heard asking, "Can I answer the question?"
Police officers then gathered around Hikind and escorted him from the event — titled "A Global Crisis: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers — Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad" — as audience members chanted, "Rashida! Rashida!"
What's the background?
Hikind told Fox News that the event was not bad. He said he sat in the audience for almost three hours and "loved what they were saying," but when Tlaib came up to speak, he confronted her over spreading the false claim last month that Israeli Jews had killed a Palestinian little boy.
Qais Abu Ramila, 8, went missing in January. A Palestinian official retweeted an unsubstantiated claim that the boy had been kidnapped and murdered by Jews, and Tlaib, in turn, retweeted the message. Qais' death was later ruled an accidental drowning.
The Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, later apologized "for retweeting something that's not fully verified," but Tlaib did not offer an apology herself.
In this era of inaccurate and manipulative news, I will also strive to hold myself to the highest standards for wha… https://t.co/qFWhimFpec— Rashida Tlaib (@Rashida Tlaib)1580237046.0
"She point-blank accused Jews of killing a child," Hikind told the Washington Examiner. "I went to confront her. This is as fundamental as anything, this is not disagreeing with her on some policy matter like abortion or something, this is blood libel. When you say something like this, and it spreads all over the world."
"The Muslim community looks up to her, " Hikind continued. "When she says something like that, it's incredibly damaging. She owes the Jewish people an apology, period."
Rep. Tlaib's office refused to comment on the matter to the Examiner.