Hummus, the chickpea-based Levantine dip loved by people across the world, has fallen victim to inaccuracies and "fake news" plaguing the American political scene.
In the most recent attack on the beloved dip, a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump accused hummus of being an anti-Semitic terrorist organization. Yep, you read that right.
A self-described "pro-Trump influencer" who introduces herself by her first name, Melissa, joined the online campaign against Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib following the latter's recent comments regarding Israel and the Holocaust.
Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in the history of the U.S. Congress, stirred controversy after saying she experiences "a calming feeling" at the thought that the Palestinian strife initially resulted from the creation of a safe haven for post-Holocaust Jews. Her comment drew backlash against the congresswoman for what Trump described as a "highly insensitive statement."
"Just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. [...] And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them," she told Yahoo News podcast.
In response, Tlaib tweeted that her words were taken out of context to "ignite vile attacks" on her and promote a "racist and hateful agenda."
When she replied to Tlaib's tweet, Melissa committed a huge error: She mistook "hummus" for Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the Gaza Strip. Melissa accused Tlaib of supporting "Humus, a terrorist organization dedicated to wiping every Jew of the planet."
Twitter users were quick to point out Melissa's mistake and came out in full force to respond with humor and sarcasm: