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Accusations of anti-Semitism by a representative of Palestinian origin in the US Congress


An effort to allocate $1 billion to support Israel's Iron Dome system has led to a heated debate in the US House of Representatives, with several House Republicans accusing a Democrat of anti-Semitism, Newsweek said.


Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and the only Palestinian-American congresswoman, told her colleagues in a speech to the House that she would vote against the resolution because of her views on Israel. Tlaib said she would not support efforts to enable and support war crimes, human rights abuses and violence, and described the Israeli government as an apartheid regime.


 Shortly after Tlaib argued against the bill, Republican Representative Chuck Fleischman reprimanded her, and said, "The truth has finally emerged on the podium of the House of Representatives in the United States of America. Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, and as Americans we can never defend that.


 Ted Deutsch, a Democrat from Florida, dropped his prepared speech to respond directly to Tlaib's speech. He said: I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the podium of the House of Representatives and describe the "Jewish democracy" state of Israel as an apartheid state. He went on to say that mischaracterizing the State of Israel is consistent with, let's be clear, those who advocate the dismantling of the world's one Jewish state.


The US House of Representatives has approved by a large majority of new funding for the Israeli Iron Dome system worth one billion dollars. The New York Times said the vote, 420 to 9, helps replace the interceptors used during heavy fighting in the devastating war in Gaza last May, reflecting the Israeli state's clear, bipartisan support for decades.

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