Host 'Censored and Fired' by The Hill Over Segment on Tlaib Naming Israeli Apartheid


Charles Keener
 

Host 'Censored and Fired' by The Hill Over Segment on Tlaib Naming Israeli Apartheid (commondreams.org)

Progressive commentator Katie Halper said Thursday that she was "censored and fired" by the corporate-owned media outlet The Hill over a segment defending Rep. Rashida Tlaib's characterization of Israel as an apartheid state, a label that mainstream human rights organizations have used to describe the government's grotesque treatment of Palestinians.
Central to the blocked segment, which Halper later delivered in full for the independent outlet BreakThrough News, were Tlaib's (D-Mich.) remarks during a recent Palestinian rights event.
"I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel's apartheid government," said Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress.
Tlaib's comments prompted a firestorm of criticism from fellow Democrats, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and television news pundits who rushed to distort the Michigan lawmaker's remarks.
In her monologue, Halper argued that the backlash against Tlaib was "outrageous" and made the case that Israel's unjust laws and brutalization of Palestinians meet the definition of "apartheid"—a conclusion that Human Rights WatchAmnesty InternationalB'Tselem, and other major rights groups have also reached.