U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was censured Tuesday evening by a 234-188 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It was the second attempt to censure the Palestinian-American firebrand after another measure failed last week. Censorship
Twenty-two Democrats voted in favor of the measure, a rebuke of Tlaib’s unabashed use of the phrase “From the River to the Sea,” a slogan commonly understood as a call to obliterate the state of Israel.
“I recognize this censure resolution is not a perfect resolution in its language or form, but unfortunately it is the only vehicle available to formally rebuke the dangerous disinformation and aspersions that Rep. Tlaib continues to use and defend,” Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., said in a statement. “I feel that I have no other recourse but to vote to censure her.”
Tlaib was also reproved for repeating “false narratives” regarding the bombing of a Palestinian hospital by blaming it on the Israeli Defense Force when, in actuality, the bomb was launched by Palestinian-based Hamas forces.
“Congresswoman Tlaib has repeatedly insisted on using inflammatory language that dangerously amplifies Hamas propaganda and disinformation,” Schneider continued. “Last month, she repeated and then stood by the blood libel that Israel was responsible for the explosion at Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, which US intelligence has determined came from PIJ terrorists. Then, last week, she posted a video amplifying protestors chants of ‘from the river to the sea,’ a phrase used by many, including Hamas, as a rallying cry for the destruction of the State of Israel and genocide of the Jewish people. Rep. Tlaib most certainly understands the import and impact of her words and yet still chooses to use them anyway.”
In a speech before Congress on Tuesday afternoon, Tlaib was emotionally defiant and claimed 71% of Michigan Democrats supported a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
However, Rep. Hillary Scholten, D-Mich., led a statement from Congressional Democrats on Tuesday that decried the phrase repeated by Tlaib.
“We reject the use of the phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ — a phrase used by many, including Hamas, as a rallying cry for the destruction of the State of Israel and genocide of the Jewish people. We all feel deep anguish for the human suffering caused by the war in Gaza. Hamas started this war with a barbaric terrorist attack on October 7, 2023, and neither the Palestinian nor Israeli people can have peace as long as Hamas still rules over Gaza and threatens Israel.”
Another Michigan Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who is Jewish, released a statement Tuesday explaining her reasons for voting against censuring Tlaib.
“Tonight I voted against censoring Rep. Rashida Tlaib,” Slotkin wrote. “Over the weekend, I made my concerns clear about the language she was promoting, and asked her to recant her statement. But at the end of the day, we all have the right to freedom of speech. That said, these tit-for-tat attempts to censure members needs to stop. If we censured every member of Congress who said something in this body, we’d never get another quorum. We have important problems to address, including a potential government shutdown next week. I urge the new Speaker to focus on the real work ahead of us.”