Michigan Progressive Representative Rashida Tlaib said she will not vote for the Democratic leadership’s stand-alone bill allocating $1 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome, she said Thursday morning, accusing the US ally of ‘war crimes’.
It is scheduled for a home voter early afternoon.
The bill was introduced Wednesday by House Appropriations Speaker Rosa DeLauro after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer first announced it Tuesday night, backed by Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi. President Biden.
Funding for the Iron Dome was originally part of Democrats’ ongoing resolution aimed at suspending the debt ceiling and avoiding a government shutdown in October. It was removed after progressive Democrats including Tlaib and fellow Squad members, Minnesota deputies Ilhan Omar, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts’ Ayanna Pressley threatened to stop the pivotal measure otherwise.
But the morning of the vote, Tlaib attacked the measure on Twitter.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib was one of the progressive Democrats who threatened to vote against an ongoing resolution to prevent a government shutdown because the original text included $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome
“I will not support a standalone additional $1 billion bill to replenish the bombs Israel has used to commit war crimes in Gaza,” she wrote.
The progressive legislator referred to a provision in the text of the bill, adding that the funds will be used “to address emerging needs in support of Operation Guardian of the Walls.”
It refers to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) rocket campaign in May that killed more than 200 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and destroyed apartments, health clinics and an Associated Press office building.
The IDF said it was targeting Hamas. The terror group also launched thousands of rockets at Israel, killing at least 10 Israelis in what they called the Sword of Jerusalem.
Iron Dome missiles intercepted 90 percent of the missiles fired at Israel during the bloody conflict, Israeli officials claimed.
Tlaib disagreed with a provision in the text of the bill promoting Israel’s rocket campaign against Gaza in May, called Operation Guardian of the Walls
Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, announced her intention to vote against the measure on Wednesday night
The text in the House Democrats bill promoting Operation Guardian of the Walls is relatively vague.
It can be interpreted in several ways, including that the US is opening the door to more attacks on Gaza. However, the interception of Hamas missiles has likely depleted a significant portion of Israel’s Iron Dome missile supply, so the listing could refer to the $1 billion spent on replenishing the supplies.
Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, first announced her intention to vote against the funds on Wednesday evening.
“I intend to vote no,” the Michigan legislature said. “We must stop allowing Israel’s human rights abuses and apartheid government.”
During the conflict in May, Tlaib delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor, criticizing Israel’s “inhumane” tactics and accusing the US government of failing to recognize “Palestinian humanity.”
Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system is activated to intercept a missile launched from the Gaza Strip on May 12
A Palestinian man inspects damage after reported Israeli airstrikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 12
“If you read the statements of President Biden and Secretary Blinken, General Austin and leaders of both parties, you would hardly know that Palestinians existed,” Tlaib said in May.
In August, she was accused of anti-Semitism when she told an audience at the Democratic Socialists of America national convention that people “behind the curtain” make money from racist and “broken” policies.
“They do it from Gaza to Detroit. And it’s a way of controlling people, of oppressing people,” she said, earning accusations of using anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish people who secretly control the world and exploit others for financial gain.
Yesterday, her fellow Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar expressed outrage after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced he would bring the standalone bill allocating $1 billion in Israel’s Iron Dome to the House floor.
“Last year we sold $175 billion worth of weapons – more than anyone else in the world – to some of the worst human rights abusers in the world,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
“Here’s an idea: don’t sell weapons to someone who violates human rights.”