A REPUBLICAN congressman from Pennsylvania wants Congress to remove Rashida Tlaib from her committee assignments for her “anti-Semitic” comments and “heinous behavior.”
Guy Reschenthaler urged for Democrats to support Tlaib’s removal from her committee seats in a statement to the conservative website Breitbart.
Reschenthaler’s comments come after Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, recently participated in an online convention held by the group American Muslims for Palestine, which he criticized as being anti-Semitic.
“Rep. Tlaib’s participation in this conference, coupled with her recently deleted retweet of a slogan calling for the elimination of Israel, are just the latest examples of a deeply disturbing pattern of anti-Semitism that has been on display since she was elected,” he said.
Reschenthaler also accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of remaining “deafening silent” about Tlaib’s support of Palestine and refusing “to condemn her heinous behavior.”
“By failing to act and hold Rep. Tlaib accountable, Pelosi is emboldening her and others to continue spreading and escalating this dangerous, hateful bigotry,” Reschenthaler alleged.
Tlaib also recently came under fire for retweeting a post with the phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
The line, which refers to the disputed region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, has a varying degree of meaning for pro-Israel and pro-Palestine groups.
The phrase has been used by Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Palestinian jihadist group Hamas, who in 2012 vowed that there would “be no concession on an inch of land” in Gaza, The Guardian reported.
Jewish leaders have condemned the phrase as “calling for the genocide of the Jewish people in Israel,” the Jewish Journal reported.
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Hen Mazzig, a writer based in Israel, tweeted that Tlaib “shouldn’t be in Congress” after using the controversial phrase, slamming it as a “call for genocide.”
“Instead of acknowledging the 850,000 Jews exiled from the Middle East, on #JewishRefugeeDay Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted out a slogan calling for the mass murder of Jews in Israel,” Mazzig tweeted.
“If you can’t support Palestinians without calling for genocide, maybe you shouldn’t be in Congress.”
Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.