Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) promoted a tweet on her Twitter account on Sunday that contained a phrase that is associated with calling for the elimination of Israel.
Tlaib later undid the retweet and instead tweeted, “Thinking of my sity Muftieh and family in Palestine today. From Detroit to Gaza, we will always fight against oppression and inequality.”
Tlaib has come under fire over the initial retweet.
“Rashida Tlaib RT’s out the same message that got Marc Lamont Hill canned from CNN,” the Stop Antisemitism.org watchdog tweeted. “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free – code for eradicating the State of Israel and its millions of Jews. Reminder – this is a sitting U.S. Congresswoman.”
Israel-based writer Hen Mazzig also tweeted, “Instead of acknowledging the 850,000 Jews exiled from the Middle East, on #JewishRefugeeDay Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted out a slogan calling for the mass murder of Jews in Israel. If you can’t support Palestinians without calling for genocide, maybe you shouldn’t be in Congress.”
In 2018, Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN after he called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” during a speech at the United Nations. Journal contributor Micha Danzig explained at the time that the “from the river to the sea” line “has always been a call for annihilation,” dating as far as the Palestine Liberation Organization’s 1964 charter.
Tlaib is scheduled to participate in a December 15 panel co-sponsored by IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace, among others, called “Dismantling Antisemitism, Winning Justice.” Hill, author Peter Beinart and University of Chicago Professor Barbara Ransby will also be on the panel.