The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.”
Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, came under heavy criticism after she failed to immediately condemn Hamas after the attack. The three-term congresswoman from Michigan has long been a target of criticism for her views on the decades-long conflict in the Middle East. That criticism reached new heights after the Oct. 7 attack by the terrorist group Hamas left more than 1,400 Israelis dead and thousands more injured.
The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.), accused Tlaib of “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.” It also references her use of the controversial phrase “from the river to the sea,” which is considered by many to be antisemitic.
The debate on the censure resolution on Tuesday in D.C. was emotional and intense, as was County Commissioner Jay Block at Wednesday’s meeting when he spoke about the censure.
“When Congress has to discipline one of its own, it’s a tough thing to do. But sometimes it’s an easy thing to do, and it should happen,” Block said. “Congress censured one of its members, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan. Unfortunately, four Republicans voted not to censure and 184 Democrats voted against censure as well. Those elected officials, Republican or Democrat, for not censuring the congresswoman for her lies against Israel and the Jewish people and for also her antisemitic remarks, siding with the terrorists Hamas, in chanting ‘to the river, to the sea, free Palestine.’ She is advocating for the extermination of Jewish people in the beautiful nation of Israel. Shame on you.”
The House voted 234-188 to censure Tlaib, a punishment one step below expulsion from the House. Twenty-two Democrats joined 212 Republicans in voting for the censure. Four Republicans voted against the censure: Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), John Duarte (R-Calif.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). New Mexico Reps. Melanie Stansbury, Teresa Leger Fernández and Gabe Vasquez, all Democrats, each voted against the censure.
“For those 184 Democrats and four Republicans, shame on you. Shame on you. That is just disgusting because these are the people who want to wipe Israel off the face of the map,” Block said. “They have killed babies and used their own civilians as human shields in the Gaza Strip, and it’s just awful. And I’m so disappointed because we had Republicans and Democrats not calling for a ceasefire for Ukraine, which got invaded by Russia. We’re not calling for a ceasefire there. But we’re calling for Israel to have a ceasefire for getting an unprovoked attack that killed 1,500 Israelis in one day, which if you do the math, if that happened in the United States, that’d be 47,000 Americans wiped out by these sons of bitches terrorists in one day. These are evil people, and we can’t even see that as Americans that are elected in office. Shame on them, a bunch of cowards, a bunch of Jew-hating elected officials. Shameful, shameful, shameful.”