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The House voted Tuesday night to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her antisemitic statements about Israel and Jews. Twenty-two Democrats joined most Republicans to condemn Tlaib for “promoting false narratives about the Hamas terrorist attack on Oct. 7th.
“Her vile and antisemitic rhetoric have no place in the halls of Congress or in our national discourse,” said Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN).
Tlaib has yet to condemn the mass slaughter of Jewish babies and the rape of Jewish women. She also called for the “destruction of the state of Israel.”
The vote was 234 to 188.
Four Republicans voted against censuring Tlaib, while one Democrat and three Republicans voted “present,” declining to take a position. The Republicans who voted against censuring Tlaib: Buck, Duarte, Massie and McClintock.
The measure, offered by Representative Rich McCormick, Republican of Georgia, argued that a statement Ms. Tlaib made after Hamas’s attack on Israel — calling for the end of “the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance” — “defended” terrorism.
“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. The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. No person, no child anywhere should have to suffer or live in fear of violence. We cannot ignore the humanity in each other. As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Tlaib’s embrace of the phrase “from the river to the sea,” a pro-Palestinian rallying cry that is code for the extermination of the Jewish people, was also a factor in tonight’s vote.
The resolution called the phrase “a genocidal call to violence to destroy the state of Israel and its people to replace it with a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”
The U.S. House of Representatives has officially censured Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib "for promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel" pic.twitter.com/9grQTKYnSL— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 8, 2023