Nine House Democrats voted against a resolution that expresses America’s support for the nation of Israel.
The resolution declares that “the State of Israel is not a racist or apartheid state,” that “Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia,” and that “the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel.”
In a show of bipartisan support, a whopping 412 lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution.
Democratic lawmakers including Reps. Jamaal Bowman of New York, Cori Bush of Missouri, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and a few others voted against the resolution.
“Israel is an apartheid state,” Tlaib declared during floor remarks on Tuesday.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog is scheduled to speak before a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, but some lawmakers do not plan to attend.
“In solidarity with the Palestinian people and all those who have been harmed by Israel’s apartheid government, I will be boycotting President Herzog’s joint address to Congress. I urge all Members of Congress who stand for human rights for all to join me. #BoycottApartheid,” Tlaib tweeted on Monday.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington recently referred to Israel as a “racist state.” She later issued a statement in which she sought to clarify her remarks. “I do not believe the idea of Israel as a nation is racist. I do, however, believe that [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government has engaged in discriminatory and outright racist policies and that there are extreme racists driving that policy within the leadership of the current government,” the congresswoman said in the statement.
Jayapal voted with the bipartisan majority to pass the Israel-related resolution on Tuesday.
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