Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, a member of the progressive group known as the “Squad,” has accused President Joe Biden, who leads her party, of being involved in “genocide.”
In a video shared on social media, she called on President Biden to back an immediate cease-fire to halt “the tragic loss of life among the Palestinian people” or be prepared to face consequences in the 2024 presidential election.
“The majority of the American people are not with you on this one. #CeasefireNow,” she said on X, formerly Twitter.
The scenes in the video showed protests in various cities in the nation with people chanting slogans like “No peace on stolen land!” Illinois “Free! Free! Palestine!” and Michigan “From the river to the sea.”
“We will remember in 2024,” she said before the words “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people” appeared on the screen.
In October, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene responded to her Democratic counterpart with similar actions, submitting a motion to censure her for alleged incitement of an “insurrection.”
The Georgia Republican introduced her motion against Rep. Rashida Tlaib. It referenced various social media statements made by the Michigan Democrat, expressing support for Palestinians and criticizing the Israeli government in the wake of an unexpected attack launched by HANNIT militants from Gaza against Israel, resulting in over 1,400 casualties.
Greene declared her censure resolution, citing “antisemitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations, and alleged involvement in an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex,” during remarks on the House floor, as reported by NBC News.
“Tlaib led a pro-Hamas insurrection into the Capitol complex, has repeatedly displayed her antisemitic beliefs, and has shown her hatred for Israel,” Greene noted further.
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Greene has described a rally on Oct. 18 at the Capitol calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war as an insurrection. During the event, hundreds of demonstrators entered the Cannon House office building, causing U.S. Capitol Police to temporarily close access to the building. Capitol Police estimated that they arrested 300 protesters, including three people who were charged with assaulting a police officer.
A Capitol Police spokesperson said that, to the best of their knowledge, everyone went through security and entered the building the proper way. The public is welcome to visit the House and Senate offices, but magnetometers must first screen visitors.
Greene’s motion is categorized as a privileged resolution, which means it must be voted on within two legislative days under House rules. However, as the House is not scheduled to reconvene until next Wednesday, a vote on the matter won’t occur until next week at the earliest.
A source familiar with the situation has indicated that Tlaib, the sole member of Congress with Palestinian heritage, did not participate in the tumultuous protest at the Capitol. Nevertheless, she did speak to the demonstrators during a rally held outside the Capitol.
In a statement Thursday, Tlaib called Greene’s resolution “deeply Islamophobic” and said it “attacks peaceful Jewish anti-war advocates.”
“I am proud to stand in solidarity with Jewish peace advocates calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence. I will not be bullied, I will not be dehumanized, and I will not be silenced,” she said. “I will continue to call for a ceasefire, for the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, for the release of hostages and those arbitrarily detained, and for every American to be brought home.”
“I will continue to work for a just and lasting peace that upholds the human rights and dignity of all people, and ensures that no person, no child has to suffer or live in fear of violence,” she added.
Numerous legislators from various political backgrounds have expressed criticism toward Tlaib and other progressive members of the “Squad” for their assertions that Israel was responsible for an attack on a Gaza hospital last week, resulting in the deaths of hundreds.