Rashida Tlaib accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing in Gaza’

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Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan issued a statement on Thursday in which she accused Israel of perpetrating “ethnic cleansing in Gaza.”

“As the Israeli government carries out ethnic cleansing in Gaza, President Biden is cheering on Netanyahu, whose own citizens are protesting his refusal to support a ceasefire,” Tlaib said in her statement.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an Israel aid measure on Thursday, with most Republicans and a dozen Democrats voting for passage. Two Republicans, Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, voted against the measure, which would provide billions in aid to the Jewish state while slashing funding for the IRS.

“Soaring inflation and high interest rates are due to overspending. We can’t afford more foreign aid. I voted against the billions for Ukraine, and I am voting against $14+ billion of foreign aid for Israel tonight,” Massie tweeted.

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Greene shared a video in which she discussed her vote against the supplemental while noting that she is a staunch supporter of Israel.

Greene had put forward a resolution to censure Tlaib last week, but Democrats and more than 20 Republicans voted to table it on Wednesday.

Tlaib, like the bulk of House Democrats, voted against the Israel supplemental appropriations measure on Thursday.

“U.S. funding for the Israeli military with no humanitarian conditions will take us father away from ending the violence and reaching peace. Achieving a just and lasting peace requires lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the dehumanizing system of apartheid. Not only do some of my colleagues want to send more weapons to carry out war crimes and violations of international law, but they want to do it by providing tax breaks to billionaires and undermining crucial investments in our communities,” Tlaib said in her statement.

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