Why Rashida Tlaib’s Chanukah Message Was Particularly Ridiculous

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has wished the “good” Jews (i.e. those who support her wish for the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel) a happy Chanukah.

As I keep reminding antisemites denying Jewish history, Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. So it is ridiculous for Talib to be wishing any Jew a happy Chanukah while in the same breath speak about occupation of “Falastin.”

It’s actually worse than this: the first appearance of the term “Palestine” was in 5th century BC Ancient Greece when Herodotus wrote of a “district of Syria, called Palaistinê” between Phoenicia and Egypt in The Histories. It was the ancient Syrian-Greeks who the Maccabees defeated in the story of Chanukah. In other words, happy Chanukah means “happy festival commemorating you defeating the same civilization who first coined the name of the region that me and others have co-opted to deny you your rights to the same land in which the events of Chanukah took place almost a thousand years before my people conquered the same land” (I know, quite the mouthful).



Speaking about mouthfuls, Chanukah has many spellings, but this is the first time I have seen it as Channukkah. Trust IfNotNow to mess that up – they are the equivalent of the Hellenist Jews of the Chanukah story – those who accepted idol-worship and the enemy’s way of life.

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A lawyer by education, David Lange - founder and managing editor of Israellycool - found his calling in advocating for Israel and the Jewish people. He is available for public speaking engagements.