There is a big difference between being pro-Palestinian people and anti-Israel, but today’s protesters and members of Congress have blurred that line fairly significantly.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is a Palestinian American, so we know where her loyalties lie.
Quite frankly, had Tlaib made the statements about Israel and Palestine while on the floor begging not to be censured rather than the vile statement she made, this would never have happened.
The final vote in the censure was 234-188, so a total of 22 Democrats crossed the line to agree with Republicans that Tlaib needed to be disciplined for her comments.
Tlaib used the phrase "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which is a Palestinian phrase to promote the annihilation of Israel and its people.
She defended its use on X, writing, “From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate. My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity.”
Palestinian residents and leaders have made it quite clear over the years how they feel about Israel, and a peaceful coexistence is not even on the agenda.
I would challenge anyone to go into Palestine with a camera and find people who would not express hatred toward Israel and its people.
Tlaib is now a member of the United States Congress, the only Palestinian American in Congress, and Israel is our most significant ally in the Middle East, so calling for its annihilation is unacceptable.
Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA) introduced the measure, stating, “If this is not worthy of censure, what is? When you can call for the annihilation of a country and its people, if that’s not worthy of a censure, what is?”
Tlaib tried to defend herself, stating, “It is important to separate people and governments. No government is beyond criticism.
“The idea that criticizing the government of Israel is antisemitic sets a very dangerous precedent, and it’s been used to silence diverse voices speaking up for human rights across our nation.”
She started to get emotional, with Rep. Omar (D-MN) coming over to console her, then she continued, “I can’t believe I have to say this, but Palestinian people are not disposable.
“We are human beings just like anyone else.”
I have stated this many times and I will say it again… if the people of Palestine and more specifically Gaza would unite and help Israel remove Hamas, then this would not even be an issue.
Tlaib has mercilessly attacked Israel while barely saying a thing about Hamas, even blaming Israel for a rocket attack against a Gaza hospital that was actually a failed Hamas rocket.
When Tlaib was first elected, I set off warning signs about her and her allegiance to a country and cause, and it was surely not the United States and our allies.
She must be removed from Congress, and the fact Congress failed to expel her is simply baffling to me.