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Is The ‘Squad’ Breaking Up? Division Emerges Over Israel Vote

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The House of Representatives’ recent votes on resolutions reaffirming Israel’s right to exist and condemning Hamas revealed division among the “Squad” members.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib chose to vote “present” on the Israel resolution, while Rep. Cori Bush didn’t vote.

Tlaib’s statement emphasized the rights of Palestinians and criticized the resolution for ignoring their existence. (Trending: Donald Trump Confronts Bud Light CEO)

“This resolution that ignores the existence of the Palestinian people brings us no closer to peaceful coexistence. It’s important to recognize that Palestinians also have a right to coexist with Israelis in their historic homeland, with equal rights and freedom, rather than living under racial segregation or being subjugated as second-class citizens. This resolution falls short of that,” Tlaib said.

“Israel does not have a right to carry out illegal occupation and apartheid—which will never lead to a just and lasting peace.”

“Unfortunately, this resolution is a one-sided attempt to rewrite history, contributes to the ongoing erasure of Palestinians by not even acknowledging their existence, and fails to recognize the historical and ongoing Nakba in which countless Palestinians have been and are actively being killed, displaced, and driven from their homes,” she added.

Both resolutions passed with overwhelming support, except for Rep. Thomas Massie’s “No” vote on the Israel resolution.

“I agree with the title ‘Reaffirming the State of Israel’s Right to Exist’ and much of the language, but I’m voting No on the resolution because it equates anti-Zionism with antisemitism. Antisemitism is deplorable, but expanding it to include criticism of Israel is not helpful,” Massie said.

The “Squad’s” support for the resolutions contrasts with their previous stance after Hamas’ attack, leading to Tlaib’s censure for promoting false narratives regarding the event.

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