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Arizona State University canceled an event that the school was set to host on Friday featuring Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), which comes after she openly expressed support for the elimination of the state of Israel.
The Arizona Republic reported that the event, dubbed "Palestine is an American Issue,"
was set to be hosted by the far-Left group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), according to a bipartisan group of Arizona state lawmakers.
The event was canceled after the lawmakers signed a letter titled, "Congresswoman Tlaib's Extremist, Antisemitic Views Are Not Welcome in the State of Arizona."
"The State of Arizona is a safe place for Jews, both on and off campus, and the antisemitic rants regurgitated by SJP and others are not representative of Arizona values,"
the lawmakers said. "Students supporting Israel have been verbally and physically assaulted on campus in recent days, requiring police escort during SJP rallies."
The lawmakers noted Tlaib's repeated anti-Semitic remarks and her "support [for] the destruction of the state of Israel."
"She has a history of espousing such a view both before and following the deadly October 7 terrorist attacks against Israel that were perpetrated by the pro-Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization,"
they said. "We believe that such extremist, antisemitic views should be condemned, and they are not welcome in the state of Arizona."
The lawmakers said that the extremist SJP, which private universities and the state of Florida have taken action against, should be focused on a toddler with ties to the state who was kidnapped by Hamas.
"We ask that Arizonans say a prayer for Abigail Edan and her family,"
they said. "Abigail is a three-year-old girl with ties to Arizona and was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza after they murdered her parents. Rather than honor Congresswoman Tlaib for a speaking engagement, SJP should be calling for Abigail's immediate safe release in time for her fourth birthday next week."
Tlaib was censured by the U.S. House of Representatives last week for her support of genocide against the state of Israel.
In a 234-188 vote, 22 Democrats joined 212 Republicans in voting for the censure while four Republicans voted against it. A total of four members voted present while six did not vote.
The resolution to censure Tlaib slammed her for "promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel."
The resolution correctly noted that Israel has existed on its lands for thousands of years and that the U.S. played a "critical role in returning Israel to those lands in 1948 immediately following the Holocaust in recognition of its right to exist and as an indelible signal of our solidarity with the Jewish people."
Tlaib "defended the brutal rapes, murders, be-headings, and kidnapping-including of Americans-by Hamas as justified 'resistance' to the 'apartheid state,'"
the resolution said, adding that she "knowingly spread the false narrative that Israel intentionally bombed the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital on October 17 after United States intelligence, Israeli intelligence, and President Biden assessed with high confidence that Israel did not cause the explosion."
The resolution continued:
Whereas, on November 3, 2023, 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;
Whereas Representative Tlaib 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; and
Whereas Representative Tlaib has repeatedly displayed conduct entirely unbecoming of a Member of the House of Representatives by calling for the destruction of the state of Israel and dangerously promoting false narratives regarding a brutal, large-scale terrorist attack against civilian targets inside the sovereign territory of a major non-NATO ally while hundreds of Israeli and American hostages remain in terrorist captivity: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That Representative Rashida Tlaib be censured.
The Democrats who voted to censure Tlaib include Reps. Steve Cohen (TN), Jim Costa (CA), Angie Craig (MN), Don Davis (NC), Lois Frankel (FL), Jared Golden (ME), Daniel Goldman (NY), Josh Gottheimer (NJ), Greg Landsman (OH), Susie Lee (NV), Kathy Manning (NC), Jared Moskowitz (FL), Wiley Nickel (NC), Chris Pappas (NH), Marie Perez (WA), Pat Ryan (NY), Brad Schneider (IL), Kim Schrier (WA), Darren Soto (FL), Richie Torres (NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), and Frederica Wilson (FL).
The Republicans who voted against the censure included Reps. Ken Buck (CO), John Duarte (CA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Tom McClintock (CA).