Progressive members of US Congress strongly marked their difference from The White House position, giving fiery speeches on the House floor that accused President Biden of ignoring the plight of Palestinians and “taking the side of the occupation.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., directly challenged the president, who had asserted that Israel had a right to defend itself, by reminding him about the Palestinian people’s right to survive.
“Do Palestinians have a right to survive?” she asked in an impassioned address. “Do we believe that? And if so, we have a responsibility to that as well, ” she added.
Taking office at age 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.
“We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said in her floor speech.
“Until all our children are safe, we will continue to fight for our rights in Palestine and Ferguson.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., a Palestinian-American from Detroit, referred to herself as “a reminder to colleagues that Palestinians do indeed exist, that we are human,” before condemning “Israel’s apartheid government” from the House floor.
At least 212 Palestinians, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the attacks began last week. About 1,500 Palestinians have been wounded. Ten Israelis have died, including two children, while at least 300 Israelis have been wounded.