U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) introduced a resolution on Wednesday condemning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) comment about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Palestinian flag outside her office.
Tlaib and U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) face criticism for statements made over the weekend in response to the terrorist attack in the Holy Land. Although they condemned the violence, Tlaib and Bush both called for the United States to end its support of Israel.
The attack occurred on the Jewish holiday Simchat Torah, which celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of public readings from the Torah. Militants with the terrorist organization Hamas fired rockets and razed multiple towns near the Gaza Strip on Saturday, inciting retaliation by the Israeli armed forces. Israeli officials said the country’s death toll had grown to over 1,000 on Tuesday.
On Instagram, Tlaib issued a statement that read, “I grieve the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day. I am determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights, and human dignity.”
“The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.”
“The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. No person, no child anywhere should have to suffer or live in fear of violence. We cannot ignore the humanity in each other.”
“As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”
According to reports, Tlaib is of Palestinian heritage and has long opposed congressional efforts supporting Israel. In July, she denounced a resolution in the House supporting Israel, labeling the country an “apartheid state” in a floor speech.
Bush echoed a similar statement on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, urging the U.S. government to end its “support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.”
My statement on the ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/NIt9G7aLMI— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 8, 2023
Reports claim Tlaib continued to display a Palestinian flag outside her office at the Capitol after the attack over the weekend.
Moore shared his resolution on X on Wednesday morning. It was submitted and referred to the Committee on Ethics and the Committee on the Judiciary.
He also drafted a letter to the House Committee on House Administration, asking for the removal of the Palestinian flag outside Tlaib’s office.
“As Members of Congress, we cannot support terrorism, mass murder, or antisemitism,” Moore wrote. “Unfortunately, not all of my colleagues seem to agree. I am writing to request that the Palestinian flag displayed by Rep. Rashida Tlaib outside of her office, located at 2438 Rayburn House Office Building, be immediately removed.”
The State of Israel is under unprovoked attack from a terrorist group that is celebrating the beheading of infants, raping of women, and cold-blooded murder of hundreds.— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) October 11, 2023
Today, I introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Rashida Tlaib's remarks on this attack. pic.twitter.com/dIZ2jaCyZ6
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