Rashida Tlaib
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The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), in a 234-188 vote, according to Fox News.

While the punishment is largely symbolic, it is seen as a formal public rebuke of Tlaib’s most recent anti-Israel comments made in the wake of the war against Hamas.

22 Democrats voted with 212 Republicans to censure Tlaib. Four GOP lawmakers voted against the measure. Four lawmakers voted present. The measure was introduced by freshman Rich McCormick (R-GA) on Monday.

Earlier, House Democrats failed to shield Tlaib from the censure, when a single Democrat lawmaker joined most House Republicans to advance the censure resolution.

Tuesday’s move comes less than a week after the House of Representatives voted to kill a resolution to censure Tlaib) over recent comments related to the Israel-Hamas war.

Nearly two dozen Republicans voted along with all House Democrats to table last week’s resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Tlaib has been under fire by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle over her response to the war between Israel and Hamas, including a statement in which she accused the IDF of "bombing" a hospital in Gaza, which was actually hit by an Islamic Jihad rocket.

In a statement after Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, Tlaib criticized Israel’s alleged “apartheid system” and criticized the US for providing billions in funding “to support the apartheid government”.

She has refused to apologize or acknowledge fault in echoing the phrase "from the river to the sea," which she claimed represented Palestinian Arab freedom while most regard it as a call for Israel's extermination.

Fellow Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) responded to Tlaib several days ago, after she denied that the phrase “From the river to the sea” means that Arabs seek a state that is free of Jews.

“This phrase means eradicating Israel and Jews. Period. Dressing it up in a new PR ploy won’t change that,” wrote Wasserman Schultz.

“Only a return of hostages, eliminating Hamas and liberating Gaza from oppressive terror will save civilian lives and secure the peace, justice and dignity you seek,” she added.

In a 2019 interview, Tlaib claimed that Palestinian Arabs living in the British Mandate prior to the establishment of the State of Israel “provided” a safe haven to Jews after the Holocaust.

More recently, she joined a boycott by several lawmakers from the Democratic Party of President Isaac Herzog’s speech to Congress, claiming she was acting “in solidarity with the Palestinian people and all those who have been harmed by Israel's apartheid government.”