In a noxious, furiously pro-Israeli atmosphere, while the corridors of Congress had been buzzing for several days with the rumor of Rashida Tlaïb’s disgrace, a rare punitive vote took place this Tuesday in Washington against the first Palestinian-American deputy in history.
An unhealthy excitement reigned last night under the dome of the Capitol, reaching the ranks of the House of Representatives, at the time of voting on a resolution aimed at censoring the one that nothing and no one will ever muzzle on the subject of Palestine: the Democratic Representative of Michigan, fervent voice of the voiceless in the holy of holies of legislative power.
By 234 votes to 188, including 22 from his own camp, an unprecedented sanction vote was adopted against Rashida Tlaïb. The prevention of roundly demonizing and dehumanizing the Palestinians, in this case from Gaza, more than 10,000 of whom lost their lives in the appalling genocidal massacre perpetrated by Israel, narrowly escaped exclusion .
Anathemaized by the fulminant American right, which accuses her with rare vehemence of “ spreading false narratives regarding the Hamas attack and calling for the destruction of the State of Israel “, even though its unworthy members allow themselves to make incendiary, filthy and incitement to crime remarks against the Palestinians, the one and only Palestinian parliamentarian of the Congress has not let herself be deterred.
During her highly anticipated speech, she even issued a serious warning to her peers, in front of a House of Representatives which was fundamentally hostile to her.
“ JI’m the only Palestinian American serving in Congress, and my perspective is needed here more than ever. I will not be silenced and I will not let anyone distort my words. I come from Detroit, where I learned to speak the truth, even if my voice trembles, she insisted in the preamble, before adding : “ The idea that criticizing the Israeli government is anti-Semitic sets a very dangerous precedent. And it has been used time and time again to silence diverse human rights voices across our country “.
Supported by Ilhan Omar, her Muslim colleague from Minnesota who has also attracted the wrath of Israel’s sinister propagandists who impose their diktat on Washington, it was with a voice choked by tears that Rashida Tlaïb declared, before to call for a ceasefire in Gaza:
“I can’t believe I have to say this: the Palestinian people are not disposable. We are human beings, just like anyone else. My Sity, my grandmother, just wants to live freely and with the human dignity that we all deserve.”
The most poignant moment of his landmark speech: from 2’05
I am the only Palestinian American serving in Congress, and my perspective is needed here now more than ever. I will not be silenced and I will not let anyone distort my words.
I’m from Detroit, where I learned to speak truth to power, even if my voice shakes. pic.twitter.com/bXhGPCcKat
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) November 7, 2023