(Israel Hayom via JNS) House members led by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) introduced a resolution calling for U.S. recognition of the Palestinian “nakba,” a term meaning “catastrophe” that is typically used by Palestinians to refer to the establishment of the State of Israel.
“Today, I introduced a resolution recognizing the Nakba (catastrophe), where 400 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed, over 700,000 Palestinians uprooted from their homes, and made refugees,” Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, wrote on Twitter.
“The Nakba is well-documented and continues to play out today. We must acknowledge that the humanity of Palestinians is being denied when folks refuse to acknowledge the war crimes and human rights violations in apartheid Israel,” she continued.
Tlaib went on to thank the co-sponsors of the resolution, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, Betty McCollum and Marie Newman. Along with Tlaib, the first four co-sponsors are members of what is known as “the squad”—six relatively young Democrat U.S. House representatives. The sixth “squad” member, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, was not a co-signer.
The resolution claims that Palestinians opposed the United Nations’ 1947 recommendation to partition the territory then known as Palestine into two states, one for Arabs and one for Jews. It states that prior to Israel declaring independence on May 14, 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had fled their homes, “often after attacks by Zionist militias.” It does not make reference to the use of some of those areas by invading Arab nations to attack Israel.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) reacted angrily to the resolution, tweeting: “Israel is our great ally & the continued anti-Semitism from radical socialists in the House is horrific. These are @SpeakerPelosi’s Democrat members. Does she agree with them? If not, she must immediately condemn this.”