Should Rep. Rashida Tlaib be censured for her opposition to the Israeli government and support for Palestinian liberation?

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Bill Summary

H. Res. 807 seeks to censure Representative Rashida Tlaib for her comments against the Israeli government, her advocacy for a two-state solution, and her role in the October 18 Pro-Palestine protest outside the U.S. Capitol. In addition to sending a message of disapproval, a censured Representative must stand on the House floor as they are read their censure in its entirety. Otherwise, there are no formal consequences arising from a censure. Sponsor: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican, Georgia, District 14)
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Opponents say

•      "Marjorie Taylor Greene’s unhinged resolution is deeply Islamophobic and 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. I will continue to call for 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." Source: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Democrat, Michican, District 12), subject of the resolution

•      "Rep. Taylor Greene’s resolution to censure Rep. Tlaib is an overt Islamophobic attack on the only Palestinian-American member of Congress. Her resolution is riddled with lies. It’s bigoted. It’s dangerous. This kind of rhetoric fans the flames of hate and fear at a time when Muslim Americans are already facing increased threats and violence. Rep. Tlaib is a valued legislator, a fighter for her community, and a friend. This attack, based on bigotry and conspiracy theories, has no place in the House." Source: Rep. Becca Balint (Democrat, Vermont), sponsor of a resolution to censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for alleged antisemitism

•      "How many more headlines, citing the words of a sitting Congresswoman must we endure before our leaders use the tools at their disposal to strip her of her power? Nothing about her hatred and belief in dangerous conspiracy theories is subtle. Her racism and Islamophobia before she was elected were not subtle: she said Black people were ‘slaves to the Democratic party’ and should feel ‘proud’ to see Confederate monuments; she said ‘There is an Islamic invasion into our government offices right now’ after the elections of Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar; She called one of the student activists from Parkland high school ‘little Hitler.’... Her antisemitism is not subtle: She has falsely claimed that George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, turned fellow Jews over to the Nazis… She has also promoted a video about the antisemitic 'White Genocide' conspiracy theory when Nick Griffin — a Holocaust denier and member of the fascist British National Party — says an ‘unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation.’" Source: If Not Now in a letter calling for the expulsion of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Proponents say

•      "Rashida Talib… displayed her disdain for Israel saying you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel's apartheid government… Instead of denouncing the horrors of Hamas slaughtering Israelis and demanding the release of all hostages held by Hamas, Rashida. Talib stated… the path to the future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance… Whereas Rashida Tlaib led an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex on October 18th 2023 which put members of Congress, their staff and Capitol visitors in danger… Tlaib followed Hezbollah's orders to carry out a day of unprecedented anger following an explosion at a Gazan hospital lying about Israel's responsibility for the attack, which United States intelligence agencies said was not perpetrated by Israel… Members of Congress who denounce the United States while praising terrorist organizations are unfit to hold office." Source: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican, Georgia, District 14), sponsor of the resolution

•      "As Hamas terrorists beheaded infants, paraded dead Jewish teenagers through town, and attacked innocent concert goers in the most deadly day for Jews since the Holocaust, Rep. Rashida Tlaib chose to place the blame solely on Israel and the Jewish people… There is no moral equivalence between Israel defending itself and Hamas attacking innocent Israeli civilians. Tlaib’s long history of anti-Semitic tropes and blatant anti-Jewish propaganda is both disturbing and evil – and should have no place in the halls of Congress." Source: Rep. Jack Bergman (Republican, Michigan, District 1), cosponsor of the resolution

•      "Hamas terrorists have raped and murdered women, beheaded Jewish babies, burned Jewish children alive and killed Americans, yet Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib refused to condemn the evil, brutal attacks. Worse, she justified their vile actions and called Israel an ‘apartheid state,’ placing blame on Israel for the barbarism of these terrorists. There should be zero tolerance for this atrocious antisemitism in America, especially in the halls of Congress." Source: Rep. Morgan Luttrell (Republican, Texas, District 8), cosponsor of the resolution