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GOP’s Bergman Pushes To Censure Rashida Tlaib

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A campaign to reprimand Detroit U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her criticism of Israel and resistance to military assistance for the United States’ closest friend in the Middle East is being led by one of her Michigan-based colleagues.

After the Detroit Democrat referred to Israel as an “apartheid” state and suggested that the United States should stop providing military aid to Israel in response to Hamas’ unexpected attack on southern Israel on Saturday, Republican U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, told The Detroit News he is pushing to punish the Detroiter.

“Tlaib crossed a line too many times and was not interested in peer-to-peer input about how you could maybe be a little more respectful of the position you occupy and how it’s perceived by people,” Bergman said in a Wednesday interview.

“Especially in light of unfolding details that are coming out here (about the attack) — she still has a chance to make it right, but she chooses not to.”

On Wednesday, the Tlaib office declined to comment on the censure resolution.

But earlier that day, in response to criticism of her comments regarding the attacks, she released a statement in which she said that she “does not support the targeting and killing of civilians, whether in Israel or Palestine.”

Tlaib, the lone American-Palestinian in Congress, faced criticism from both sides of the political divide this week because she did not outright denounce Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that the U.S. government regards as a terrorist organization. In the major surprise strike, more than 1,000 Israelis died, many of them civilians. Similar numbers of Palestinians have also died as a result of Israeli retaliation attacks.

In her message on Sunday, Tlaib expressed her sorrow for “the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day,” but she made no specific mention of the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hamas. She also condemned Israel’s “apartheid system,” which she said “creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.”

Bergman stated that he wanted Tlaib to “dial back her rhetoric that incites” and retract or apologize for her comments.

Even though Republicans are in charge of the House, this is not the first resolution calling for Tlaib’s censure.

A motion to reprimand and condemn Tlaib, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, and other members of the progressive “Squad”—also for comments antagonistic of Israel—was submitted in 2021 by three Republican politicians. Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women in Congress.

The subject of that resolution was never discussed.

Republican Representatives Morgan Luttrell of Texas, Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Russell Fry of South Carolina, and Mike Collins of Georgia are among the cosponsors of Bergman’s resolution that targets Tlaib, according to Bergman.

The Israeli government condemned Tlaib on Wednesday as well.

The latest member of the U.S. House to get a censure was U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, who was in charge of the first impeachment case against former President Donald Trump.

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