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World News November 9, 2023

U.S. House censures Palestinian-American lawmaker over Israel comments

The U.S. House voted to censure Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib for comments she made regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. The censure motion, sponsored by Republican Representative Richard McCormick, was passed with a vote of 234 to 188. Tlaib was criticized for allegedly “promoting false narratives” on Hamas’ actions and “calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.” Some Democrats and Republicans abstained or voted against the motion. Tlaib emphasized that her criticism was directed towards the Israeli government and its leadership, not the people, and argued against equating criticism of the government with anti-Semitism.

The censure specifically cited a video in which Tlaib used a pro-Palestinian rallying cry that is viewed by some as antisemitic. She also faced backlash for accusing President Joe Biden of supporting “the genocide of the Palestinian people,” a claim that Israel rejects. In February, House Republicans removed Democratic representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over previous critical comments about Israel.

Source – CGTN

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