The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has expressed its support for Israel and condemned Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who called the Middle Eastern democracy a “racist state” during an event over the weekend.
The comment elicited strong rebuttals from both Democrats and Republicans, with many Democratic leaders and more than 40 Democratic House members releasing separate statements condemning the comment. Republicans introduced a resolution to counter Congresswoman Jayapal’s comments.
However, nine Democrats – including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY; Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Summer Lee, D-Penn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; Cori Bush, D-Missouri; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; Delia Ramirez, D-Illinois – voted against the resolution which ultimately passed 412–9.
One other Democrat – Rep. Betty McCollum – voted “present” on the vote while Tlaib used her time on the House floor ahead of Tuesday’s vote to express her disdain for the resolution by calling it an example of apartheid and an attempt to deny reality as well as normalize violence towards Palestinians.
In response to Nikki Haley putting her name on a list alongside other Democratic lawmakers who voted against this resolution expressing America’s support for Israel Ocasio Cortez said “Oooh! A List!”
Oooh, a list! 📝
Remember to call it “People in Congress who think apartheid is wrong”
or alternatively, “People in Congress who don’t ignore human rights abuses against Palestinians” https://t.co/zbOc9YdFbj
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 20, 2023
In the initial tweet, Haley said, “We’re taking names. These 9 members of Congress believe Israel is racist. We will remember this vote.”
The Republican-majority in the House of Representatives held a vote expressing support for Israel after a Democratic member in the chamber, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., called the Middle Eastern democracy a “racist state” during an event over the weekend.
The comment prompted backlash from Democrats and Republicans. Democratic leaders and more than 40 Democratic House members released separate statements condemning the comment. Republicans ultimately decided to introduce a resolution countering the congresswoman’s comments.
Jayapal released a statement the following day, seemingly walking back the comment while doubling down on criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration.
This shows how these nine Democratic lawmakers are willing to prioritize their own agenda even if it means risking diplomatic relationships between the US and our allies abroad while failing to recognize how important it is that we stand united when it comes to international issues especially when our allies are involved.
This behavior by certain members of Congress is also dangerous since it can create uncertainty amongst our international partners regarding whether they can rely on us or not since some US representatives do not seem ready or willing enough to show their allegiance when needed regardless of which political party they belong to.