The Attorney General of Michigan is calling on Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a fellow Democrat, to “retract” anti-Israel statements that she has made in recent weeks.
As reported by Breitbart, Tlaib used the infamous chant “From the river to the sea” on Friday in a video posted to X. The line, which comes from the full statement “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” calls for the elimination of all Jews in Israel, so that the entirety of the geographic area will be “returned” to the Palestinian people.
In her own post to X, Attorney General Dana Nessel (D-Mich.) said that while she has defended Tlaib “countless times” in the past, she demanded a retraction over this particular statement, calling it “cruel and hateful.”
“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,” said Nessel. “But this is so hurtful to so many. Please retract this cruel and hateful remark.”
Following initial backlash, Tlaib, a Muslim and a Palestinian, doubled down on her use of the phrase, declaring that “from the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate.”
“My work and advocacy is always centered in justice and dignity for all people, no matter faith or ethnicity,” she continued.
Tlaib has been one of the loudest supporters of Palestine since the war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas broke out on October 7th. She has repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas’ war crimes, which included the mass decapitation of dozens of Jewish babies. The day after a hospital in Gaza was destroyed by a misfire of a Hamas rocket, Tlaib actively spread the lie that Israel was responsible for the bombing, and rallied anti-Israel protesters in Washington D.C. shortly before they stormed the United States Capitol.
Last week, a measure was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to censure Tlaib over her anti-Israel rhetoric, and particularly for her actions on October 18th shortly before the Capitol was stormed. The resolution failed due to 23 Republicans siding with the Democrats on a motion to table the resolution, though Greene has expressed her intentions to re-introduce the resolution again in the near future.