“Squad” member Rashida Tlaib is under fire after sharing a unverified claim that Israeli’s killed a 7 year old Palestinian boy to her nearly 900k Twitter followers.
The story was originally shared by Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi who later apologized for her tweet and deleted it, writing “My apologizes for re-tweeting something that’s not fully verified. It seems that the news of his being kidnapped is not certain.”
Tlaib’s retweet was then automatically deleted but she did not issue an apology or comment.
Eylon Levy captured Tlaib’s now-deleted tweet in a screenshot and wrote:
Three layers of what for now appears to be a blood libel. From a faceless activist to a Palestinian government official to a US Congresswoman to a global audience of 898,000 followers.
Three layers of what for now appears to be a blood libel. From a faceless activist to a Palestinian government official to a US Congresswoman to a global audience of 898,000 followers. pic.twitter.com/spGwJAp5RT
— Eylon Levy (@EylonALevy) January 25, 2020
Per the Jerusalem Post, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib retweeted a claim that “Israeli settlers” had “kidnapped and executed” a Palestinian boy. In fact the boy was found by Israeli emergency services dead in a cistern on Saturday morning after going missing on Friday.
Nevertheless, some Palestinian social media accounts incited against Israel, with small clashes resulting in East Jerusalem.