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House Censures Tlaib Over ‘River to the Sea’ Chant

(TOI and combined sources) The US House of Representatives late Tuesday, Nov. 7 passed a GOP measure to censure Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, in an extraordinary rebuke of her rhetoric about the Israel-Hamas war.

The 234-188 tally came after 22 Democrats joined with Republicans to censure Tlaib, a punishment one step below expulsion from the House.

Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.) had moved to censure Tlaib for what he called “promoting false narratives” about the Palestinian militant group Hamas’ attack on Israel and for “calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.”

The vote followed Tlaib’s accusation that US President Joe Biden was supporting a “genocide” of Palestinians due to his backing for the Israeli offensive against the Hamas terror group.

Tlaib also defended using the term ” “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a common chant at pro-Palestinian rallies that is broadly understood as a call to eliminate the State of Israel,” claiming it’s “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction or hate.”

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