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Rep. Tlaib Calls MTG’s Resolution to Censure Her ‘Unhinged,’ ‘Deeply Islamophobic’

The Georgia congresswoman accused Tlaib of being an anti-Semite who ‘led an insurrection into the Capitol complex’

Minnesota Rep. Rashida Tlaib claimed Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s resolution to have the congresswoman censured was “unhinged,” “deeply Islamophobic,” and an attack against “peaceful Jewish anti-war advocates.”

Early Thursday, Greene introduced a House resolution to censure Tlaib for engaging in anti-Semitic activity, sympathizing with a terrorist organization, and spearheading an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Greene cited past comments from Tlaib that included an instance when the congresswoman said thinking about the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” as well as a deleted 2020 retweet of the slogan “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

The Georgia representative went on to denounce Tlaib for failing to condemn Hamas’ Oct. 8 attack in Israel that left about 1,400 individuals dead. She also referenced the Michigan representative’s call for “lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.”

Lastly, Greene accused Tlaib of leading an insurrection at the Capitol on Oct. 18 when hundreds of pro-Palestinian protestors, led by the anti-Zionist group Jewish Voices for Peace, entered the building and demanded a ceasefire.

“[This] put Members of Congress, their staff, and Capitol visitors in danger by shutting down elevators, stairwells, and points of egress, while obstructing official business in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, including a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing,” reads Greene’s resolution.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Tlaib affirmed her long-held stance.

“I am proud to stand in solidarity with Jewish peace advocates calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence,” she said. “I will not be bullied, I will not be dehumanized, and I will not be silenced.”

The congresswoman reiterated her commitment to send humanitarian aid, advocate for the release of hostages, and the safe return of every American.

“I will continue to work for a just and lasting peace that upholds the human rights and dignity of all people, and ensures that no person, no child has to suffer or live in fear of violence,” she concluded.

Greene’s resolution, which was introduced in a “privileged” motion, is expected to be put to a vote sometime next week.

“A censure is a formal vote of deep disapproval of a member’s conduct taken by either chamber of Congress,” per The Hill. “A vote to censure another member of Congress does not hold any other power beyond a public condemning of that member’s behavior. It does not expel a member from Congress or deny the rights or privileges of that member within Congress.”

Axios reports that Greene is also the focus of a resolution to censure.

Rep. Becca Balint of Vermont said she intends to force a voter on her eight-page resolution to censure the Georgia congresswoman in response to five years of incendiary comments, Balint’s office told the outlet.

The Vermont representative initially introduced the resolution in July, but “held off on forcing a vote on it amid concerns on both sides about an escalating tit-for-tat,” per Axios.

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