(SNews) – Radical “Squad” Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has come under fire, including from top members of her own party, for promoting a chant that demands the “full erasure of the Jewish state” of Israel.
Several prominent Democrats have blasted Tlaib after she attempted to justify the anti-Israel chant, “From the river to the sea.”
She called it an “aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence.”
However, as a group on Twitter/X called StopAntisemitism told Tlaib, the phrase is actually a call for “the full erasure of the Jewish state, from Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”
The group also told the congresswoman the chant is the battle cry of the Hamas terrorist group.
“You echo terrorists,” the group tweeted.
Tlaib posted her interpretation of the chant to X on Friday.
“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” the post read.
“My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity.”
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) November 3, 2023
While many Republicans have blasted Tlaib for her attempt to justify the phrase, several Democrats have also called her out on the matter.
On Saturday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called for Tlaib to “retract” the “cruel and hateful” social media post.
“@RashidaTlaib, I have supported and defended you countless times, even when you have said the indefensible because I believed you to be a good person whose heart was in the right place,” Nessel wrote in an X post.
“But this is so hurtful to so many.
“Please retract this cruel and hateful remark.”
Another Democrat from Michigan, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, “the only Jewish member” of Michigan’s congressional delegation, said she has worked to reach out to constituents who are Arab and Muslim who “are feeling fear and anguish,” while also reflecting on their empathy as she approaches the crisis at hand.
“I ask the same of [Rep. Tlaib],” Slotkin posted to X.
“The phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ is one of division & violence, & it is counterproductive to promoting peace.
“None of us, especially elected leaders, should amplify language that inflames a tense situation & makes it harder for our communities to find common ground.”
As the only Jewish member of MI’s congressional delegation, I have worked to reach out to Arab & Muslim constituents who I know are feeling fear and anguish right now, & I have tried to reflect that empathy in my approach to this crisis. I ask the same of @RepRashida. (1/3)
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) November 5, 2023
In the third post of her string, Slotkin added, “If I knew that a phrase, I’d used had hurt any of my constituents, I would apologize and retract it, no matter its origin.
“I’d ask the same from you.”
One other Democrat, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) said Tlaib “is wrong.”
“‘From the river to the sea’ is a call for eliminating the state of Israel that rejects a two-state solution & puts Jews in danger,” Rosen posted on X.
“We must reject extremism, no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.
“America’s support for Israel remains unwavering.”
.@RepRashida is wrong. “From the river to the sea” is a call for eliminating the state of Israel that rejects a two-state solution & puts Jews in danger.
We must reject extremism, no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.
America’s support for Israel remains unwavering.
— Senator Jacky Rosen (@SenJackyRosen) November 5, 2023
Several Republicans have also called out Tlaib for her statements, including Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).