Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) spoke out against funding Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system on the House floor. She labeled Israel’s war with Hamas a “manufactured” issue and accused Israel of “apartheid.” Rep. Ted Deutch slammed his colleague’s anti-Israel remarks, labeling them anti-Semitic.
During a dispute over financing for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, a Florida congressman accused a Michigan congresswoman of uttering anti-Semitic comments. After Democratic leadership was forced to remove it from a more comprehensive funding measure owing to left-wing opposition, the House voted on Thursday to support a stand-alone provision to fund the system.
According to the reporters Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, said that she would not support “efforts to allow and encourage war crimes, human rights violations, and violence.” Ted Deutch, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, called her remarks “anti-Semitic” and “falsely characterizes” Israel. A stopgap financing plan to avoid a government shutdown includes the Iron Dome security system. Its inclusion in the temporary legislation was met with opposition from progressives, jeopardizing its approval.
Reps. André Carson, Marie Newman, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grijalva, and Cori Bush were also part of “the Squad.” Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against the bill, stating that he opposes any foreign aid.
According to the House committee chairperson, the bill “fulfills our moral responsibility to safeguard the lives of innocent people and helps establish the foundations for peace.”
The measure’s opponents “blocked proceedings in this same chamber on Tuesday,” according to a House Democrat. According to Rep. Steve Womack, the Iron Dome has “no offensive capabilities.”
Iron Dome is a missile defense system that can intercept and destroy short-range rockets and mortars. Supporters of Israel were outraged by the decision, which they felt amounted to irresponsible politics over Israel. It’s the latest example of the party’s increasing divisions over Israel, putting more mainstream Democrats against a group of black women.