rashida tlaib

 

rashida tlaib

 Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.) are facing significant backlash from within their own Democratic party following their recent statements over the weekend, where they labeled Israel as an apartheid state and called for the cessation of U.S. funding to the nation, amidst a surprise attack by Hamas that resulted in hundreds of casualties.

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Tlaib expressed her grief for the lives lost among both Palestinians and Israelis, emphasizing the need to “dismantle the apartheid system” that creates oppressive conditions conducive to resistance. This is not the first time Tlaib has criticized the Israeli government; she had previously opposed a House resolution supporting Israel in a floor speech in July. Tlaib, who has Palestinian heritage, also urged the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the cessation of the occupation in her extensive statement.

She stated, “The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. No person, no child anywhere should have to suffer or live in fear of violence. We cannot ignore the humanity in each other.” Tlaib further insisted that as long as the United States provides unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, the distressing cycle of violence will persist.

Cori Bush echoed similar sentiments in a statement, condemning the targeting of civilians and expressing her heartbreak over the violence. She too called for an end to U.S. support for Israel as part of the quest for a just and enduring peace.

However, Tlaib’s and Bush’s remarks elicited swift criticism from both the right and the left, including fellow Democratic lawmakers. Reps. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) condemned their statements, with Torres emphasizing that U.S. aid to Israel should remain unconditional, particularly during this critical period.

rashida tlaib

Gottheimer expressed his dismay at the call to end assistance to Israel, especially in light of the recent violence perpetrated by Hamas. He asserted that such a move would be detrimental and would result in innocent civilians suffering.

rashida tlaib

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Herzog, also called out Tlaib’s statement, asking how much more blood needed to be shed for her to unequivocally condemn Hamas, a designated terror organization. He pointed to the heinous acts committed against Israeli civilians, including the elderly and children, and questioned whether that was not enough to prompt a clear condemnation from Tlaib.

The Hill has reached out to the offices of Tlaib, Bush, and Torres for their response to the criticism.

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