May 8, 2024

'Squad' member Rep. Tlaib calls for Netanyahu's arrest; GOP senators warn ICC of serious repercussions

"Squad" member Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has demanded the international community's intervention in what she claims are Israeli government officials' breaches of the Genocide Convention, as Fox News reported.

Tlaib condemned Israel's ground invasion of Rafah in a press release on Tuesday, implying that the United States was complicit in the invasion due to the financing it supplied.

"It’s no coincidence that immediately after our government sent the Israeli apartheid regime over $14 billion with absolutely no conditions on upholding human rights, Netanyahu began a ground invasion of Rafah to continue the genocide of Palestinians — with ammunition and bombs paid for by our tax dollars," she said.

"Over 1.5 million Palestinian civilians, including over 600,000 children, are trapped in Rafah, living in makeshift tents, without food, clean water, sanitation, medicine, or any form of shelter."

Tlaib's Accusations

Tlaib asserted that Israeli soldiers were responsible for the deaths of more than 35,000 Palestinians and the displacement of entire families in Rafah, subjecting them to "unimaginable human suffering."

Additionally, she cautioned her constituents in the announcement that despite voting to provide Netanyahu the authority to conduct Rafah, many of her colleagues would voice their alarm over the "crimes against humanity" there.

"Do not be misled, they gave their consent for these atrocities, and our country is actively participating in genocide," Tlaib said. "For months, Netanyahu made his intent to invade Rafah clear, yet the majority of my colleagues and President Biden sent more weapons to enable the massacre."

More Frustration

She further stated that the United States must cut off support for Israel and that Netanyahu will remain in power so long as hostilities persist.

"It is now more apparent than ever that we must end all U.S. military funding for the Israeli apartheid regime, and demand that President Biden facilitate an immediate, permanent ceasefire that includes a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and the release of all hostages and arbitrarily detained Palestinians," Tlaib wrote.

"I urge the ICC [International Criminal Court] to swiftly issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu and senior Israeli officials to finally hold them accountable for this genocide, as is obviously warranted by these well-documented violations of the Genocide Convention under international law."

Trouble in Congress

This comes on the heels of a Tuesday decision by a member of the Republican House of Representatives who submitted a motion to condemn Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar for her statement that certain Jewish college students in the United States were "pro-genocide."

The decision comes as there is continued protesting nationwide at various universities and other areas of interest against Israel's response to Hamas's attack on Oct. 7 of last year.

“It’s unacceptable to say, calling Jewish Americans that are Americans, calling them pro-genocide. It’s just unacceptable. So I want to take a bold stand,” Rep. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican, told reporters.

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