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Dissent in ‘Squad’ Revealed as Israel’s Right to Exist and Hamas Condemnation Voted On

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Voting on measures regarding Israel’s right to exist and condemning Hamas in the House of Representatives on Tuesday highlighted divisions among members of the far-left “Squad”. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush, both part of the group, did not vote in favor of H. Res. 888, which focused on Israel’s existence.

Tlaib voted “present” while Bush did not vote. Bush also abstained from voting on H. Res. 793, which condemned Hamas’ recent attack against Israel and urged the immediate release of the remaining hostages. However, Tlaib joined her fellow “Squad” members in supporting the resolution, despite her past refusal to denounce the attack.

In response to H. Res. 888, Tlaib expressed in a statement to Fox News Digital, “Both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live with democracy, safety, peace, and human dignity.”

She added that the resolution failed to acknowledge the existence of Palestinians and fell short of recognizing their rights for equal treatment and freedom.

Tlaib emphasized that Israel should not be allowed to carry out illegal occupation and apartheid, which she believed would hinder the prospect of a just and lasting peace.

  1. Res. 793 passed with a 414-0 vote, and H. Res. 888 passed with 412-1. Both resolutions required a two-thirds majority to pass. Representative Thomas Massie, the sole “No” vote on H. Res. 888, disagreed with the language used in the legislation.                                                In a post on X, he wrote, “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.”

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Apart from Bush, several other members from both parties did not vote for either resolution, although the reasons behind their abstention were unclear at the time.

The “Squad’s” overall support for the resolutions is a significant departure from their previous stance in the aftermath of Hamas’ attack, when all but one member voted against a resolution condemning antisemitism on American college campuses.

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Tlaib faced severe criticism for her response to the attacks, as she repeatedly refused to condemn them and persisted in her debunked claim that Israel was responsible for an explosion at a Gaza hospital, resulting in the alleged deaths of hundreds of people.

Earlier this month, the House voted to censure Tlaib for “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.” The censure, though symbolic, served as a formal public reprimand for her remarks.

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