Michigan - On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the House of Representatives voted surprisingly by a majority of 234 votes to 188 against Representative Rashida Tlaib, who hails from the state of Michigan and is considered the first American woman of Palestinian origin to serve in Congress.
The ACJ expresses its solidarity with Representative Rachida Tlaib and is concerned about the decision to censure her. This decision is usually taken exceptionally in specific cases such as: a member committing conduct violations or possible criminal acts and not when expressing conscience regarding international human rights. The center pointed out that what happened with Rep. Tlaib is a violation of freedom of expression guaranteed by American law and the internal regulations of Congress.
The American Center for Justice asserts that Congress should have called for a humanitarian ceasefire, and urged the parties to immediately stop military operations, instead of censuring Rep. Tlaib. It should have dealt with the current events with purely moral and humanitarian responsibility in light of the continuing war crimes and crimes against humanity, which included the killing of children, women, journalists, and medical staff, and the direct targeting of hospitals and shelter centers.