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US House files censure motion against Rep. Tlaib

The BDS-supporting legislator now calls the attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians “war crimes.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks in support of the “No Muslim Ban” bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2023. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks in support of the “No Muslim Ban” bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2023. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.). Credit: Eric Connolly/U.S. House Office of Photography via Wikimedia Commons.

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) did not mince words in calling out his fellow Michigan representative.

“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,” he said.

On Wednesday, Bergman filed a motion to censure Tlaib, whose statement following the terrorist attack made no mention of the murders, only offering boilerplate “apartheid government” smears.

In response to the threat of censure, Tlaib has decided to temper her words and mildly criticize Hamas. The progressive “Squad” member described the Islamist group’s massacre as “war crimes,” though added that “it’s a war crime just like the collective punishment of Palestinians right now is a war crime.”

In response, Bergman said: “There is no moral equivalence between Israel defending itself and Hamas attacking innocent Israeli civilians. Tlaib’s long history of antisemitic tropes and blatant anti-Jewish propaganda is both disturbing and evil—and should have no place in the halls of Congress.”

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