The GOP-led House has passed a resolution to formally reprimand Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for her outspoken criticism of Israel, gaining support from some Democrats. The motion, introduced by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.), accuses Tlaib of promoting false narratives surrounding Hamas’ attack on Israel and calling for the destruction of the state of Israel. This comes after a previous attempt to censure Tlaib failed last week. Tlaib will now face a formal reprimand on the House floor. The final vote tally was 234-188, with four Republicans voting against the measure and 22 Democrats supporting it, while four lawmakers voted present. Tlaib’s comments, including a social media video with a chant associated with Hamas, have drawn criticism from both Republicans and some members of her own party. The phrase in question, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” is seen as a call for violence against Israel and a rejection of its right to exist. This censure is the latest development in an ongoing House censure war, which began when Democrats defeated a similar motion to reprimand Tlaib last week. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) initiated the push, comparing a pro-Palestinian protest at the Capitol to an “insurrection.” In response, Democrats introduced a motion to censure Greene, but later withdrew it. Greene then reintroduced her measure to censure Tlaib, removing the language about “insurrection,” but ultimately pulled back when the House acted on the McCormick-led resolution. On Monday night, Democrats introduced a censure of Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) after he compared “innocent Palestinian civilians” to “innocent Nazi civilians.” Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman in Congress, represents a district with a significant Arab American population. Throughout her tenure, she has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli government and has called for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Tlaib argues that her criticism solely targets the government of Israel and rejects the notion that criticizing the government equates to antisemitism. However, some House Democrats find her rhetoric unacceptable, with Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and 70 other Democrats releasing a statement condemning Tlaib’s language.
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