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But implementing such a post-conflict vision would be difficult given factors such as the unpopularity of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and opposition within the Netanyahu government to the creation of a Palestinian state.
Divisions over the war have also deepened in Washington, where the only Palestinian-American in the US Congress has been formally censured by her Democratic colleagues for making inflammatory comments about Israel.
After a fiery debate, Rashida Tlaib was formally reprimanded Tuesday evening, when 22 Democrats joined Republicans to pass a resolution accusing her of “promoting false narratives” about the October 7 attack and “calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.”
Tlaib has been a staunch critic of the Israeli government for years and proudly displays the Palestinian flag outside her office door.
But the progressive Democrat angered the White House and her party colleagues when she released a video over the weekend accusing President Joe Biden of complicity in genocide, showing images of the dead and injured in Gaza, along with pro-Palestinian protests in the US. .
The most controversial part of the video was its embrace of the phrase “from the river to the sea” — which many Jews view as an anti-sematic rallying cry calling for the eradication of Israel — before ending with the warning: “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people will not forget.”
Republicans immediately moved to censure Tlaib — a process that amounts to a public rebuke, one step away from expulsion in Congress.
And despite Tlaib’s insistence that her comments were merely a reflection of the Israeli government and not the Israeli people, the resolution passed with 234 votes in favor to 188 against.
“Congressman Tlaib has repeatedly urged the use of inflammatory language that dangerously amplifies Hamas propaganda and disinformation,” said Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider, one of 22 Democrats who sided with Republicans in the vote.
“I recognize that this censure resolution is not a perfect resolution in its language or form, but unfortunately it is the only tool available to formally sanction the dangerous disinformation and insults that Representative Tlaib continues to use and defend.”
While a vote of censure is largely symbolic, it nevertheless underlines the growing divide in Washington over Israel’s handling of the war as push for a ceasefire grows.
Fellow progressive Democrat Cori Bush described her colleague’s censure as “shameful.”
“Yesterday’s censure of free speech sent the message that mourning and fighting for your people is only valued if the people you mourn and fight for are also considered valuable,” she tweeted.
More coverage of the Hamas-Israel conflict
- Cascading violence: The tremors caused by the Hamas attacks and Israel’s response have reached far beyond the border. But what would an all-out war in the Middle East look like?
- The human costs: The Hamas massacre in Israel has traumatized and hardened the survivors. And in Gaza, neighborhoods have become ghost towns.
- “Hamas Metro”: Inside the labyrinthine network of underground tunnels that the Palestinian militant group has commanded for 16 years under war-ravaged Gaza. The secret corridors have long been essential channels for the movement of weapons and armed fighters.
- What is Hezbollah?: As fears grow that the conflict is spreading beyond Israel and Hamas, all eyes are on the militant group and political party that controls southern Lebanon and has been internationally designated as a terrorist group. How did it arise and what does Iran have to do with it?
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