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Video: Republican Lawmakers Renew Effort To Censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib Over Israel Rhetoric

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib was spared a formal censure for her remarks on Israel, but now two Republican lawmakers are stepping up their efforts to punish her.

Separate resolutions to censure Tlaib for her alleged “antisemitic” remarks were introduced on Monday by Republican representatives from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rich McCormick. The resolutions were introduced by Greene and McCormick under the procedural pretext of “privileged,” which necessitates a vote on the subject within two legislative days.

Greene attempted a similar maneuver last week, but it was unsuccessful when the House decided to table the measure and vote against censuring the Michigan Democrat, with 23 Republicans voting with all Democrats against it.

Tlaib is the only American Palestinian member of the House, and this is her second attempt at punishment for defending a slogan that some Jews interpret as calling for the end of Israel as a Jewish state.

On Friday, Tlaib shared a video on X featuring demonstrators in Michigan yelling “from the river to the sea.” The entire phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” is described by the Anti-Defamation League as a “antisemitic slogan commonly featured in anti-Israel campaigns and chanted at demonstrations.”

“It is fundamentally a call for a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, territory that includes the State of Israel, which would mean the dismantling of the Jewish state,” the Anti-Defamation League says. “It is an antisemitic charge denying the Jewish right to self-determination, including through the removal of Jews from their ancestral homeland.” 

The statement, according to Tlaib, is “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.”

Additionally, through his support of Israel in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza, President Biden was accused by her video of contributing to “the genocide of the Palestinian people”.

On Monday, McCormick stated on the House floor that the actions were “entirely unbecoming” of a House member.

Tlaib did not address her defense of the slogan in a statement in response to the censure resolutions; instead, she accused her colleagues of “distorting my positions in resolutions filled with obvious lies.”

“It’s a shame my colleagues are 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 me that Palestinian lives simply do not matter to them, but I still do not police their rhetoric or actions,” Tlaib said. “I have repeatedly denounced the horrific targeting and killing of civilians by Hamas and the Israeli government, and have mourned the Israeli and Palestinian lives lost.”

Rep. Brian Mast of the GOP was censured later on Monday by Democratic Representative Sara Jacobs of California for his divisive remarks from last week in which he likened Palestinian civilians to Nazis during World War II.

“I would encourage the other side to not so lightly throw around the idea of ‘innocent Palestinian civilians,’ as is frequently said,” Mast said Wednesday. “I don’t think we would so lightly throw around the term ‘innocent Nazi civilians’ during World War II. … There’s not this far stretch to say there are very few innocent Palestinian civilians.” 

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