Former Democratic New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind was escorted by police out of an event featuring Rep. Rashida Tlaib after he shouted a question about anti-Semitism.
Ms. Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, was the guest speaker at an event Saturday at Rutgers University, titled “A Global Crisis: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers — Lessons from the Prophet Muhammad,” which was organized by the group Muslims4Peace, Fox News reported Monday. Mr. Hikind tweeted a video of the moment when he interrupted Ms. Tlaib’s speech and was immediately manhandled by an attendee and eventually escorted out of the room by police.
Mr. Hikind criticized Ms. Tlaib for retweeting a message last month from Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi that spread the unverified claim that a 7-year-old Palestinian child was “kidnapped and executed by a herd of violent Israeli settlers” and was “assaulted and thrown in a water well.” Ms. Ashrawi later apologized for spreading the false claim after it was determined the boy’s death was an accidental drowning.
Ms. Tlaib, while she deleted her retweet, never apologized for sharing the false information. Instead, she waited three days to address the controversy and posted a tweet simply promising to “hold myself to the highest standards for what I share.”