Washington Post Refers to Israel as ‘Jewish-Only State’ Before Correcting

Rep. Rashida Tlaib
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The Washington Post referred to Israel as a "Jewish-only state" before correcting it in a story Monday about a recent tense meeting between Jewish and Muslim House Democrats.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D., Minn.), who along with Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.) was profiled in Politico about how they represent a potential divide in the Democratic Party, challenged Omar to apologize for repeated anti-Semitic comments about Israel and its supporters during the meeting on March 5, according to the Washington Post.

Phillips, who is Jewish, stunned Omar and fellow Muslim lawmakers Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and André Carson (D., Ind.) with his criticism and call for her to affirm Israel's right to exist.

The article initially described Tlaib as "a Palestinian American who does not support the existence of a Jewish-only state." Tlaib cried as she described her "grandmother's suffering in the West Bank at the hands of the Israelis," according to the report.

However, Israel is not a "Jewish-only state." Arabs make up about one-fifth of the population, and the vast majority of them are Muslims.

The story now describes Tlaib as "a Palestinian American who is critical of the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinians."

A correction was added at the bottom: "An earlier version of this story did not make Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s position on Israel clear. The story has been updated to explain that she is critical of the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinians."

Omar was forced by Democratic leadership to apologize last month after saying it was "all about the Benjamins" for pro-Israel politicians and claimed they were paid off by the lobbying group AIPAC.

When she suggested that supporting Israel was tantamount to "allegiance to a foreign country," some of her Democratic colleagues balked again and called for her to be rebuked in a resolution.

However, far-left members of the party rallied around her, leading to tensions in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) caucus. They eventually passed a resolution condemning all forms of hate, leading to criticism and even some "no" votes from Republicans for watering it down.