House Censures Tlaib Over Rhetoric

( – The war between Israel and Hamas has ignited tensions around the world. The conflict began after Hamas terrorists murdered more than 1,400 innocent people on October 7. After the attacks, the Israeli government vowed to fight in Gaza until Hamas is eradicated. The military campaign and subsequent deaths of thousands of civilians in Gaza have angered many people, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

The Democratic congresswoman’s colleagues, including members of her own party, have now officially reprimanded her for remarks she made after the war began.

Tlaib’s Rhetoric

The Michigan congresswoman is one of only three Muslims in Congress, but she’s the only one who has close ties to Palestine. Tlaib’s parents are both from the region and emigrated to the US before she was born. When the conflict between Israel and Hamas broke out, the Democratic lawmaker began condemning the Israeli government.

For the last month, Tlaib has criticized Israel and the US support of the country. She has accused President Joe Biden of remaining silent while civilians in Gaza are massacred. She shared a video that ended with the words: “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people.”

Tlaib went too far when she embraced and defended the phrase “from the river to the sea,” a chant that is often said to express the belief that there should only be a one-state solution in Palestine. Meaning, Palestine would exist, but Israel would not.

Censure Vote

On Wednesday, November 8, the House of Representatives voted on a censure resolution put forward by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA). The resolution serves as an official reprimand of the congresswoman for promoting anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Tlaib attempted to defend herself the day before the vote. During her remarks on the House floor, she teared up and accused her colleagues of viewing Palestinians as “disposable.”

The congresswoman’s colleagues were unmoved by her theatrics. They voted to censor her by a margin of 234 to 188 with more than 20 Democrats joining Republicans to condemn her.

Tlaib is the 26th member of Congress to be censured in the country’s history. She’s the second Muslim member to receive the reprimand for remarks made about Israel. Republicans removed her friend and fellow member of “The Squad,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this year for anti-Semitism.

After the vote to censure her, Tlaib appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” where she once again defended her use of the phrase “from the river to the sea” and demonstrated how seriously she took the House’s resolution.

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