US Congress’s only Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib censured over Israel comments

The only Palestinian-American politician in the US Congress has been censured after her fellow representatives voted to condemn her rhetoric about Israel.

The House of Representatives voted by 234 votes to 188 to censure Rashida Tlaib – a punishment just one step below expulsion.

Ms Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, was accused of “promoting false narratives” on Hamas’s attack on Israel on 7 October, which Israel says killed 1,400 people and left more than 200 of its citizens hostage in Gaza.

Republicans in the House were joined by 22 Democrats to vote for Ms Tlaib’s censure.

All Democrats initially stood by Ms Tlaib and helped defeat the first censure resolution against her last week.

But since then, many of her colleagues, including prominent Jewish members, have become more conflicted about her rhetoric about the war.

Ms Tlaib has condemned Hamas’s assault, while also criticizing US support for Israel as the country’s military continues to bombard Gaza in response. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says around 10,000 people have been killed in Israeli attacks since the current conflict began.

The censure measure specifically referred to a video Ms Tlaib shared on social media, in which she uses the phrase “from the river to the sea” – a common pro-Palestinian slogan seen by some as calling for the destruction of Israel.