Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) is calling on fellow Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “retract” the use of the “cruel and hateful” statement “From the river to the sea” she used to sympathize with Palestinians that has a genocidal meaning.
The phrase is a popular chant used by sympathizers of the terrorist group Hamas who want to wipe Israel from the map. Tlaib used it Friday in a video posted to X (Twitter), in a plea to President Biden to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.
“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” Tlaib wrote. “My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people no matter faith or ethnicity.”
“@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 on X. “But this is so hurtful to so many. Please retract this cruel and hateful remark.”
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) wrote on X, “From the river to the sea is a rallying call for the erasing of the State of Israel. If that’s aspirational to you, that’s a problem. Stand With Israel.”
“Terrorist Tlaib is promoting the genocide of all Jewish people in Israel and calls it aspirational,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posted. “‘From the river to the sea’ means to wipe out all the Jews and take their land from the river to sea. You should resign and go to Gaza and fight on the front lines for Hamas.”