The House is now engaged in a battle of censures as Rep. Rashida Tlaib continues to defend her use of a rallying cry often used by Palestinian militan
The House is now engaged in a battle of censures as Rep. Rashida Tlaib continues to defend her use of a rallying cry often used by Palestinian militants.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has reintroduced her measure to censure Tlaib, D-Mich., after 23 Republicans voted against it last week – this time accusing Tlaib of being behind an ‘illegal occupation’ instead of an insurrection,’ in reference to a ceasefire protest on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Ga., has introduced a separate Tlaib censure resolution over her rhetoric. Both measures are privileged and must be voted on within two days.
Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., who is Jewish, introduced a retaliatory resolution to censure Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., for comparing Palestinian civilians to Nazis.
Jacobs’ resolution cites ‘inflammatory statements regarding innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza who are in harm’s way through no fault of their own.’
The House is now engaged in a battle of censures as Rep. Rashida Tlaib continues to defend her use of a rallying cry often used by Palestinian militants
The White House called Tlaib’s use of the word ‘genocide’ to describe Israel’s counter-offensive as ‘irresponsible’
‘I would encourage the other side to not so lightly throw around the idea of innocent Palestinian civilians. I don’t think we would so lightly throw around the term innocent Nazi civilians,’ Mast said in a speech last week.
On Friday Tlaib posted a video slamming President Biden’s response to the war in Gaza.
The video featured a crowd chanting ‘from the river to the sea,’ a phrase used to call for a Palestinian takeover of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which includes Israel.
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.
‘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.
Meanwhile Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, accused her colleagues of being ‘more focused on silencing me than they are on saving lives, as the death toll in Gaza surpasses 10,000.’
‘Many of them have shown that Palestinian lives still do not matter to them, but I do not police their rhetoric,’ she said, adding a fresh call for a ceasefire.
‘A majority of Americans support a ceasefire, but this Congress isn’t listening to their voices. I will continue to call for a mutual ceasefire, for the release of hostages and those arbitrarily detained, for the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid and for every American to be brought home.’
Palestinians recover the body of a child from the rubble of a building, in Khan Yunis on November 6, 2023
Meanwhile, the White House insisted it is ‘irresponsible’ to accuse the US of being complicit in a genocide like Rep. Rashida Tlaib did, as some Democrats begin to sour on the president’s handling of the war in Gaza.
‘Of course we’re not doing that,’ said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told Fox News.
‘As terrible as all these civilian casualties are, we know there’s many many thousands of them, we don’t want there to be any. I don’t want to minimize that at all, but you can’t look at what’s happening in Gaza and say that it fits the definition of genocide.’
‘We think that is an irresponsible way of describing this,’ he added. ‘That said, we don’t wanna see any civilians hurt.’
On Sunday, Tlaib shared a report about three children being killed in an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon and wrote to President Biden on her Instagram story: ‘Your silence is deafening. Your complicity is even worse,’ Tlaib wrote. ‘A whole generation of children is being wiped out in front of us.’
‘Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people,’ titles at the end of the video state. ‘The American people won’t forget.’
“Biden, support a ceasefire now, or don’t count on us in 2024,’ it adds.
On October 7 some 1,400 Israelis were killed in an attack launched by Hamas, according to the IDF. Some 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s bloody counter-attack to eradicate Hamas, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Neither figure has been independently verified.