Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is now accusing President Joe Biden of participating in genocide in a video she posted on X.
“Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people,” are the words flashed on the screen, along with a demand that he immediately support a cease-fire “or don’t count on us in 2024.”
The video features footage of a pro-Palestinian rally in Michigan where attendees chanted a slogan, "From the River to the Sea," which is perceived to be an antisemitic call for the elimination of the State of Israel.
“Mr. President, the American people are not with you on this one,” the congresswoman says in the video. “We will remember in 2024."
Tlaib defended her promotion of the slogan, "From the River to the Sea," and called it an “aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.”
Michigan State Senate President Pro Tem Jeremy Moss, a Democrat, told Tlaib that Hamas uses the “From the River to the Sea” slogan as a call to kill all Jews.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a liberal Democrat, wrote on X: “@RashidaTlaib, I have supported and defended you countless times, even when you have said the indefensible, because I believed you to be a good person whose heart was in the right place. But this is so hurtful to so many. Please retract this cruel and hateful remark.”
U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), who is running for U.S. Senate, put out a more delicately worded response critiquing her colleague late Sunday.
“As the only Jewish member of MI’s congressional delegation, I have worked to reach out to Arab & Muslim constituents who I know are feeling fear and anguish right now, & I have tried to reflect that empathy in my approach to this crisis. I ask the same of @RepRashida,” Slotkin wrote on X. “The phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ is one of division & violence, & it is counterproductive to promoting peace.”
The response has gone beyond Michigan politicians.
Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who is up for reelection in 2024, wrote on X on Sunday: “'From the river to the sea' is a call for eliminating the state of Israel that rejects a two-state solution & puts Jews in danger. We must reject extremism, no matter which side of the aisle it comes from. America’s support for Israel remains unwavering.”
Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) is collecting signatures on a letter that denounces the use of the phrase, which the letter says “is used by many, including Hamas, as a rallying cry for the destruction of the State of Israel and genocide of the Jewish people.”
In 2020, Tlaib retweeted a post including the slogan, before deleting it amid criticism from the Jewish community.
Pro-Israel democratic groups are preparing to target Tlaib race in 2024. The Democratic Majority for Israel PAC went up with its first ad of the 2024 election last week, attacking Tlaib for being “on the wrong side of history and humanity."
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who support a humanitarian pause in Gaza grew to over 100 on Friday among largely progressives. Nearly 60 lawmakers joined a letter stating that they are “gravely concerned by Israel’s military operation and conduct that fails to limit harm to non-combatants and vulnerable populations,” as well as raising concerns about settler violence in the West Bank and calling for diplomacy to achieve a two-state solution.
By Sunday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) became the 24th lawmaker to call for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in a statement.
Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), while calling for an end to the Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza, said on CNN that he doesn’t “know how you can have a permanent cease-fire with an organization like Hamas, which is "dedicated to destroying the state of Israel.” Sanders admitted he didn’t know what his plan would be to eliminate Hamas and that would be best left to military experts.
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