Palestinian-American politician Rashida Tlaib censured over anti-Israel rhetoric

The measure is just one step short of expulsion


(JNS) The US House of Representatives has voted to censure Palestinian-American politician Rashida Tlaib over her rhetoric about Israel, which some have branded antisemitic.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted by 234 votes to 188 to censure Michigan Democrat Tlaib, a measure that is just just one step short of expulsion.

Twenty-two Democrats joined the Republicans voted for her censure.

Republican Rich McCormick introduced a resolution on Monday after Tlaib defended using the anti-Israel slogan “From the river to the sea”, accusing her of promoting “unbelievable falsehoods about our greatest ally, Israel, and the attack on October 7”.

Reading the text of his resolution on the House floor, McCormick, of Georgia, said that calling for a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea “is widely recognised as a genocidal call” to destroy the state of Israel.

Tlaib “doubled down on this call to violence by falsely describing ‘From the river to the sea’ as ‘an aspirational call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence’ despite it clearly entailing Israel’s destruction and the denial of its fundamental right to exist,” he said.

McCormick added that Tiab had “repeatedly displayed conduct entirely unbecoming of a member of the House of Representatives”.

Tiab claimed she had condemned the Hamas terror attacks on Israeli citizens and told the House: “No government is beyond criticism. The idea that criticising the government of Israel is antisemitic sets a very dangerous precedent, and it’s been used to silence diverse voices speaking up for human rights across our nation.”

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