In Washington, D.C., progressive Congressmembers Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman joined a group of activists, politicians and celebrities who were on day three of their hunger strike to demand a permanent ceasefire. This is Congressmember Tlaib speaking at their nightly White House vigil.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib: “When this pause in the violence expires, all I keep thinking about is asking my colleagues, 'How many more lives? How many more lives will be enough? How many more children need to be killed? How many more families have to be traumatized and torn apart?' There is nothing humanitarian, my friends, about giving innocent civilians a few days of rest before they are bombed again.”
Earlier in the day, House members voted nearly unanimously to pass a resolution equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism, a framing which has driven the backlash against anyone who is critical of the Israeli government. Only Congressmember Thomas Massie voted against the measure. Congressmember Tlaib voted “present.”