Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called on Rep. Rashida Tlaib to “take back” a “cruel and hateful” post on social media after the representative tried to justify the pro-Palestinian chant, “From the river to the sea.”
Nessel, a fellow Democrat, said he previously defended Tlaib “countless times” because he believes the representative’s “heart is in the right place.”
“@RashidaTlaib, I have supported and defended you countless times, even when you said the indefensible, because I believe you are a good person whose heart is in the right place,” Nessel wrote in an X post.
The Attorney General called out Tlaib for his “brutal and hateful speech,” saying it “hurts so many people.”
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The AG Democrat’s comments came after Rep. Tlaib the song, “From the river to the sea.”
“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hatred,” the Democratic congressman wrote. “My work and advocacy has always centered on justice and dignity for all people regardless of faith or ethnicity.”
The video Tlaib posted on X before defending the phrase included requests for President Biden to support a ceasefire to stop the “genocide of the Palestinian people” or face electoral consequences in 2024.
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In the video, Tlaib condemned Biden’s declaration that the US stands with Israel and opposes a ceasefire, telling him, “the majority of the American people are not with you on this one. #CeasefireNow.”
Tlaib’s remarks sparked outrage on social media, with supporters of Israel blasting the representative’s remarks.
“From the river to the sea refers to the complete obliteration of the Jewish state, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. It is also the battle cry of Hamas, a brutal terrorist group that beheads babies and rapes women. You terrorists,” StopAntisemitism, a nonprofit, wrote on X.
Representative Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican, wrote in X, “From the river to the sea is a rallying call for the erasure of the State of Israel. If that’s aspirational to you, that’s a problem. Stand With Israel .”
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called for Tlaib to resign following his post.
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“The terrorist Tlaib advocates the genocide of all Jews in Israel and calls it aspirational,” wrote Rep. Greene on an X post. “‘From the river to the sea’ means exterminate all Jews and take their land from the river to the sea. You should resign and go to Gaza and fight on the front line for Hamas,”