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House votes to censure squad member Rep Tlaib after ‘calling for the destruction of Israel’

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After progressive Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s anti-Semitic comments and public social media posts, the House voted to censure her for “promoting false narratives” surrounding Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel.

The motion, introduced by Representative Richard McCormick (R., Ga.), passed 234 to 188. Twenty-two Democrats voted in favor of censuring Tlaib, and four Republicans voted against. One Democrat and three Republicans abstained.

“I’m the only Palestinian-American serving in Congress,” Tlaib said on the House floor. “My perspective is needed here now more than ever.”

“Representative Rashida Tlaib, within 24 hours of the October 7 barbaric attack on Jewish citizens of the State of Israel, representing the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust, defended the brutal rapes, murders, be-headings, and kidnapping – including of Americans – by Hamas as justified ‘resistance’ to the ‘apartheid state,’” reads the resolution.

“My criticism has always been of the Israeli government and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s actions. It is important to separate people and governments,” Tlaib said. She added, “The idea that criticizing the government of Israel is antisemitic sets a very dangerous precedent.” Tlaib held a framed photo of her grandmother, who lives in the West Bank. “Palestinian people are not disposable,” Tlaib continued. Representative Ilhan Omar stood up to comfort Tlaib.

The motion also accuses Tlaib of advocating for the destruction of Israel:

“Representative Tlaib published on social media a video containing the phrase ‘from the river to the sea,’ which is widely recognized as a genocidal call to violence to destroy the state of Israel and its people to replace it with a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” the resolution continues. “[She] doubled down on this call to violence by falsely describing ‘from the river to the sea’ as ‘an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence’ despite it clearly entailing Israel’s destruction and denial of its fundamental right to exist.”

In a speech on the House floor, Tlaib argued that criticizing Israel is not antisemitic, and further emphasized that she supports a cease-fire.

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Israeli Hostages Suffered Daily Abuse Under Hamas Captors, Says Treating Physician

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The four Israeli hostages rescued by Israeli security personnel on Saturday endured severe daily abuse during their captivity by Hamas terrorists, according to the physician overseeing their post-captivity treatment. Dr. Itai Pessach of the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan provided these insights in an interview with CNN’s Paula Hancocks on Monday, as reported by Foreign Desk News.

The hostages, identified as Noa Argamani (26), Almog Meir Jan (21), Andrey Kozlov (27), and Shlomi Ziv (41), were abducted during the Supernova music festival amid the October 7 rampage in southern Israel. They spent eight harrowing months confined in Nuseirat.

Dr. Pessach described their experience as “a harsh, harsh experience, with a lot of abuse, almost every day.” Despite appearing in good condition on local media, he noted that the hostages suffered significant physical and psychological impacts from their ordeal.

Dr. Pessach highlighted several detrimental effects on the hostages’ health:
– Psychological Stress: Prolonged mental trauma from daily abuse.
– Physical Abuse: Regular physical mistreatment by their captors.
– Insufficient Diets: Malnutrition from inadequate food supplies.
– Medical Neglect: Lack of necessary medical care.
– Limited Personal Movement: Confinement with little freedom to move.
– Lack of Sunlight: Deprivation of natural light, affecting their physical and mental well-being.

These factors collectively “left a significant mark on their health,” according to Dr. Pessach.

Dr. Pessach has experience treating other hostages released during negotiated ceasefire agreements with Gaza-based jihadists. The harrowing accounts of the recently freed Israeli hostages emphasizes the brutal conditions imposed by their Hamas captors.

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