Tlaib Under Fire After Sharing Unverified Claim that Israelis Killed a Palestinian Boy

“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.

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.

A Twitter account called “Real Seif Bitar” tweeted that the boy had been kidnapped and executed and showed a video of the boy’s body being found by emergency services. The tweet claimed that the boy was kidnapped by “Israeli settlers, assaulted and thrown in a water well, was found this morning frozen to death in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem after Israeli forces assaulted search teams.”
Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi re-tweeted the allegation and added “the heart just shatters, the pain is unbearable, no words.” Congresswoman Tlaib then retweeted the Ashrawi tweet that included the allegations.
However Ashrawi apologized for her tweet. “My apologizes for re-tweeting something that’s not fully verified. It seems that the news of his being kidnapped is not certain.” She also tweeted other clarifications and then appeared to delete the tweet. Tlaib’s retweet was also was thereafter deleted but she did not apologize for spreading the false information.