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— Karl Marx

Michigan Congresswoman Censured for Telling the Truth

Nov 13, 2023

On Tuesday, November 7th, The House of Representatives voted 234 to 188 to censure U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib for her statements condemning the attacks on the Palestinian civilian population of Gaza by the Israeli State. Twenty-two Democrats joined Republicans to pass the resolution.

Below we are quoting Tlaib’s powerful statement made three weeks after the October 7th attack on Israel by Hamas that resulted in the ongoing massacre of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza by the state of Israel.

“The American people do not support funding for war crimes—like the use of white phosphorus bombs—and are calling for a ceasefire. As the Israeli government carries out ethnic cleansing in Gaza, President Biden is cheering on Netanyahu, whose own citizens are protesting his refusal to support a ceasefire. We must be laser focused on saving lives, no matter their faith or ethnicity.

The number of children killed in Gaza in just three weeks has surpassed the annual number of children killed across the world’s conflict zones since 2019—yet instead of helping end this violence, President Biden baselessly casts doubt on the Palestinian death toll. U.S. funding for the Israeli military with no humanitarian conditions will take us farther away from ending the violence and reaching peace. Achieving a just and lasting peace requires lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the dehumanizing system of apartheid. Not only do some of my colleagues want to send more weapons to carry out war crimes and violations of international law, but they want to do it by providing tax breaks to billionaires and undermining crucial investments in our communities. Instead of funding more bombs with American taxpayer dollars, our leaders should be calling for a ceasefire now, before the violence claims thousands more lives.”

While Tlaib does not directly take on the fact that U.S. imperialism is at the root cause of the horrific situation that exists today in the Middle East, including Gaza, she makes clear that she is for all human life, Palestinian and Israeli, in her stance. By their censure of her, Congress has shown the exact opposite.