Georgia's U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has initiated a move to censure Michigan's U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, citing her criticism of Israel.
The resolution, termed a privileged resolution, is set to be considered on the House floor within two legislative days. This means it could be discussed as early as Wednesday after the House members return from their extended weekend.
Greene's resolution accuses Tlaib of "anti-Semitic activity" and of "sympathizing with terrorist organizations." It's worth noting that Tlaib, being the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is one of the two Muslim women currently serving in Congress.
Furthermore, the resolution alleges that Tlaib "led an insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol Complex on October 18. This claim refers to a protest organized by the advocacy group Jewish Voices for Peace. While Tlaib wasn't present at the demonstration, she did address a nearby rally, advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In response, Tlaib released a statement denouncing Greene's resolution as "unhinged" and "deeply Islamophobic." She defended her stance, stating that she stands in solidarity with Jewish peace advocates and will not be silenced or dehumanized.
"I am proud to stand in solidarity with Jewish peace advocates calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence. I will not be bullied, I will not be dehumanized, and I will not be silenced," Tlaib remarked.
She further emphasized her commitment to working towards a lasting peace that respects the human rights and dignity of all individuals, ensuring safety and freedom from violence, The Detroit News reported.
In a twist, one of Tlaib's Democratic colleagues introduced a counter-resolution on the same day. This resolution seeks to censure Greene for her history of promoting hate speech, anti-Semitic rhetoric, and conspiracy theories.
U.S. Representative Becca Balint of Vermont, who introduced the counter-resolution, highlighted several controversial statements made by Greene in the past. These include derogatory remarks about Asian Americans and Black people, as well as conspiracy theories related to the 9/11 attacks and school shootings.
Greene's response to Balint's resolution was dismissive, as she took to social media to mock Balint's reading of the resolution on the House floor.
This isn't the first time Tlaib has faced calls for censure. Earlier this month, Republican U.S. Representative Jack Bergman introduced a resolution against Tlaib after she labeled Israel as an "apartheid" state. This came in the wake of Hamas' surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7.
U.S. Representative Cori Bush, an ally of Tlaib, criticized these attempts to silence Tlaib and other members of 'The Squad' as Islamophobic.
Last week, Tlaib, along with other progressive lawmakers, introduced a measure calling for an immediate de-escalation and cease-fire in Israel. She has faced criticism from both sides for not condemning Hamas sufficiently after the recent terror attack.
The ongoing tensions and proposed resolutions highlight the deep divisions within the U.S. House of Representatives. As the House prepares to consider these resolutions, the nation watches closely, anticipating the potential implications for the involved representatives and the broader political landscape.