Rashida Tlaib votes 'present' on resolution condemning Hamas rape

 February 15, 2024

Progressive Democrat Rashida Tlaib (MI) was the only House member to vote against a resolution condemning rapes carried out by the Hamas terror group.

The resolution passed with 418 "yes" votes, with Tlaib being the only one to vote "present." 12 members did not vote - including fellow "squad" member Ilhan Omar (D-MN) - and none voted "no."

Tlaib is the only member of Congress with Palestinian heritage, and she has been an outspoken critic of Israel's campaign in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.

Tlaib fails to condemn Hamas

Defending her vote on Hamas rape, Tlaib criticized the resolution as one-sided, claiming it ignored sexual violence toward Palestinians.

"War crimes cannot justify more war crimes. We must stand up for everyone's safety and human rights no matter their faith, no matter their ethnicity. There are numerous well-documented reports of sexual violence, including rape, committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians in their custody," she said.

The resolution condemns "acts of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war, including those acts committed by Hamas on and since October 7, 2023" and urges all nations "to criminalize rape and sexual assault and hold accountable all perpetrators of sexual violence, including state and non-state armed groups."

Hamas raped and butchered Israeli women during the terror group's barbaric assault across Gaza's border with Israel on Oct. 7.

Over 1,200 Israelis were killed in the horrific assault, but Israel has since faced criticism over the deaths of thousands of Palestinians in Israel's effort to eliminate Hamas.

Progressives have downplayed Hamas' brutality, which they are reluctant to acknowledge as it does not fit their narrative that Israel is committing "genocide."

Biden plays both sides

The Biden administration has tried to please both sides - simultaneously condemning Hamas while also blasting Israel's response to the October 7 attack as excessive and indiscriminate.

A Biden-backed foreign aid bill passed the Senate this week that included $14 billion for Israel's military to continue waging war in Gaza, and $9 billion in assistance for the people living there.

The administration has lobbied for a two-state solution, but Israel has rejected the idea as dangerous to its security needs.

Meanwhile, supporters of Palestine have been accused of calling for Israel's elimination with slogans like "from the river to the sea."

Tlaib was slapped with a rare censure resolution last year over her use of the slogan, which she described as "an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.”

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