Despite House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, promising that he will block a “Squad” member’s event on the “catastrophe” of the founding of Israel, it would appear that the show may go on.
In a statement released Wednesday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., slammed McCarthy, former-President Donald Trump and the recently arrested Rep. George Santos.
“Speaker McCarthy wants to rewrite history and erase the existence and truth of the Palestinian people, but he has failed to do so. This event is planned to bring awareness about the Nakba and create space for Palestinian Americans who experienced the Nakba firsthand to tell their stories of trauma and survival,” the statement reads.
“The Nakba is a well-documented historical event that is recognized by the United Nations,” it continues. “We cannot allow the same people who want to ban books and erase history simply because they’re uncomfortable with the truth to silence Palestinian voices.”
Then she launched into a tirade against the GOP.
“McCarthy is desperate to distract from the mounting crises happening on his watch: a scandal-plagued Member he has defended was just arrested on 13 federal charges, his twice-impeached MAGA leader was just found liable for sexual abuse, and he’s hurtling our country towards a disastrous default on our debt in order to cut vital programs like veterans’ health care, food assistance, and Medicaid,” she claims.
Ultimately, despite charges of antisemitism Tlaib plans to move forward with the Nakba event.
“We fully plan on moving forward with this event and we will continue to ensure that Palestinian voices are heard. We will not be silenced.”
NEW: @RashidaTlaib says she’s not backing down from holding an event tonight commemorating the Nakba, even after @SpeakerMcCarthy said he will move to block it from happening. pic.twitter.com/ckdpGMHP27
— Daniel Boguslaw (@DRBoguslaw) May 10, 2023
On Wednesday, McCarthy tweeted that the event in question would be canceled and replaced with a “bipartisan discussion to honor the 75th anniversary of the US-Israel relationship.”
McCarthy blocks ‘Squad’ member from holding event on ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s foundinghttps://t.co/SGCFYac5no
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) May 10, 2023
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