Brooklyn and Manhattan Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman slammed far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Wednesday, a day after voting to censure her for her use of what he called a “hurtful anti-Semitic trope.”
In a lengthy statement, Goldman said Tlaib (D-Mich.) had “promoted misinformation that inflamed violence around the world, including against U.S. embassies” during the month-long war between Israel and Hamas, before criticize her for repeating the motto “from the river to the sea,” a phrase that refers to the extermination of the State of Israel and its Jewish residents.
“I have reached out to Rep. Tlaib privately… to convey the pain and harm her words have caused and how they have been received by many in the Jewish community,” Goldman said in her statement. “I urged her to make a public clarification, but she refused.”
The lawmaker’s office told The Post that Goldman had specifically sought an explanation for Tlaib’s spin on the slogan as “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction or hatred.” ”.
Dan Goldman criticized his Democratic colleague for his inflammatory rhetoric about the war in Israel. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
“Just as we cannot allow public officials to make racist statements against any group or incite violence through racist speech, we cannot allow elected officials to do the same against Jews,” said Goldman, one of 22 House Democrats. Representatives who voted to censure Tlaib on Tuesday. evening.
Goldman’s New York colleague Ritchie Torres, who also voted to censure Tlaib, agreed, tweeting: “Calling for the end of Israel as a Jewish state, through the insidious phrase ‘from the river to the sea,’ crosses an hate speech line. that no public official should ever cross.
“Congress has the right to take a principled stand against hate speech that calls for the destruction of the world’s only Jewish nation-state,” he added.
Rashida Tlaib has been an outspoken critic of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and has called for a ceasefire. Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images
“‘From the river to the sea’ means one thing,” tweeted another pro-censorship Democrat, Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, “the destruction of the State of Israel and those who call it home.”
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, played the victim in response to the rebuke.
“It is a shame that my colleagues are more focused on silencing me than saving lives, as the death toll in Gaza exceeds 10,000. “Many of them have shown me that Palestinian lives simply do not matter to them,” he said in a statement.
“My colleagues have resorted to distorting my positions in resolutions filled with obvious lies. “I have repeatedly denounced the horrific attacks and killings of civilians by Hamas and the Israeli government, and have mourned the Israeli and Palestinian lives lost.”
The resolution to censure Tlaib, authored by Rich McCormick (R-Ga.), accused her of “promoting false narratives” about the war in Israel, as well as “calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.”
The House was approved by 234 votes in favor and 188 against.
Many progressives were disturbed by the defections.
“It is outrageous. I am ashamed for the Democrats who voted to censure their own colleague, who voted against free speech,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told CNN.
“Each of them has not recognized the fact that Palestinians are dying by the tens of thousands, but they will continue to say that we are the ones who do not recognize humanity,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said passionately. he said on the floor of the House.
“Rashida will stand firm. And the Palestinian movement will continue for liberation.”
Ilhan Omar passionately defended Rashida Tlaib during the no-confidence vote. Allison Bailey/NurPhoto/Shutterstock
Internal tensions over Israel have flared among Democrats since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack in southern Israel that killed more than 1,400 people, including at least 33 Americans.
Some left-wing and centrist groups have begun endorsing their primary rivals and funding ad campaigns against members of the so-called “Squad” of House progressives, including Tlaib.