FACT CHECK: Rashida Tlaib and Marc Lamont Hill Are Not ‘Fighters Against Anti-Semitism’

CONTEXT: Prominent anti-Semitic duo to appear on 'Dismantling Anti-Semitism' panel

• November 24, 2020 1:10 pm


Prominent anti-Semites will be featured participants in a forthcoming panel on "dismantling anti-Semitism," a Washington Free Beacon analysis has determined.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and former CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill will participate in the virtual event, "Dismantling Antisemitism, Winning Justice: A Panel Discussion," on December 15. A coalition of activist groups is hosting.

Tlaib, who described herself and her fellow panel guests as "some of the biggest fighters against antisemitism," is one of the more prominent anti-Semites to serve in the U.S. Congress. For example, she recently attacked Joe Biden's campaign for seeking to distance itself from Linda Sarsour, a prominent anti-Semitic activist who was ousted from the Women's March for being anti-Semitic.

It won't be the first time Tlaib has appeared on a controversial panel. In 2019, she was the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by American Muslims for Palestine, an organization denounced by the Anti-Defamation League for providing "a platform for anti-Semitism." She has accused U.S. politicians of dual loyalty for supporting Israel and once wrote an op-ed for a publication founded by Louis Farrakhan, who led chants of "Death to Israel" during a 2018 speech in Tehran.

Additionally, the congresswoman defended her fellow panelist, Marc Lamont Hill, after he was fired by CNN in 2018. Hill lost his job as a CNN contributor after he appeared to endorse violence against Jews during a speech at the United Nations. He has refused to denounce Farrakhan, referring to the anti-Semitic leader as "my brother," and has accused Israel of poisoning the drinking water in Palestine. Last week, Hill declared that "standing up against antisemitism is critical and necessary."

FACT CHECK: Tlaib's claim that she and Hill are "some of the biggest fighters against antisemitism" is both misleading and lacking in context. It is, by almost every reasonable measure, entirely false. We rate this claim Four Clintons.