She has also been criticized by the White House and members of her own party for using the pro-Palestinian chant ‘from the river to the sea’, which many consider to be an anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel.
Tlaib is the only Palestinian-American member of Congress and has been heavily critical of both the Biden administration and Israel during the war.
She even accused Biden of supporting ‘genocide’ in Gaza and ‘complicity’ in the deaths of children in the Middle East.
A censure represents a strong rebuke of Tlaib but has no formal punishment.
She accused her colleagues of trying to silence her in a defiant speech on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon.
The House has officially censured Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for condemning Israel after the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7
Twenty-two Democrats joined Republicans to condemn the progressive Michigan lawmaker in a stunning rebuke of her controversial statements on the conflict in the Middle East
‘My perspective is needed here now more than ever. I will not be silenced and I will not let you distort my words,’ she said in a passionate speech.
‘There are millions of people across our country who do not support Netanyahu’s extremism and are sick of watching our country support collective punishment,’ she went on.
‘My criticism has always been of the Israeli government,’ said Tlaib. ‘The idea that criticizing the Israeli government is antisemitic sets a dangerous precedent.’
‘I can’t believe I have to say this but Palestinian people are not disposable. We are human beings.
‘Just like my grandmother, like all Palestinians, who just wants to live her life with the freedom and human dignity we all deserve,’ Tlaib went on, holding up a photo of her grandmother who lives in the Palestinian territory.
Republican Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia pushed the censure measure in response to what he called Tlaib’s promotion of anti-Semitic rhetoric.
He said she has ‘levied unbelievable falsehoods about our greatest ally, Israel’.
Democrats stood by Tlaib, but she was scrutinized for not immediately condemning Hamas after the atrocities of October 7.
On Sunday , she accused President Biden of ‘complicity of the deaths of children and claimed he was supporting ‘genocide’ in Gaza.
‘Your silence is deafening. Your complicity is even worse,’ Tlaib wrote of Biden. ‘A whole generation of children is being wiped out in front of us.
Tlaib accused her colleagues of trying to silence her in a defiant speech on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon
Republican Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia pushed the censure measure in response to what he called Tlaib’s promotion of anti-Semitic rhetoric
McCormick’s resolution called out Tlaib for ‘continuing to knowingly spread the false narrative that Israel intentionally bombed’ a hospital in Gaza.
Israeli intelligence claimed the hospital explosion, that killed dozens, was caused by a Hamas rocket misfire.
It also called out a video Tlaib posted that featured a chant often used by Palestinian militants: ‘from the river to the sea.’
The chant is widely used by those who do not believe Israel has a right to exist.
‘[Biden], the majority of the American people are not with you on this one. #CeasefireNow,’ Tlaib wrote on Twitter along with the clip.
Later Tlaib claimed on Twitter the phrase was not used to promote violence.
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‘From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,’ she wrote on Twitter on Friday.
The resolution also mentioned Tlaib’s October 8 statement after the Hamas attack on Israel, which she referred to as ‘resistance.’
The statement read: ‘I grieve the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day. I am determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights, and human dignity. The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.’
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