On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve $1 billion in new funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system following disapproval from progressive Democrats who say Israel is violating human rights with this anti-rocket defense system.
According to Forbes, the final vote came to 420 to 9, with eight Democrats, as well as one Republican, voting against the funding. Two Democrats, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Hank Johnson of Georgia, voted present. Ocasio-Cortez reportedly voted against the funding initially, then changed her vote. She could be seen crying after she changed her vote from "no" to "present."
The New York Congresswoman memorably slammed former House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for voting "present" on President Trump's impeachment.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who often opposes US aid to Israel and voted against the measure, argued that the funding would enable "warcrimes, human rights abuses, and violence."
"I rise in opposition to this supplemental. I will not support an effort to enable and support war crimes, human rights abuses, and violence," said Tlaib. "We cannot be talking only about Israeli's need for safety at a time when Palestinians are living under a violent apartheid system, and are dying from what Human Rights Watch has said are war crimes."
"We should also be talking about Palestinian need for security from Israeli attacks. We must be consistent in our commitment to human life, period," Tlaib continued. "Everyone deserves to be safe there."
Tlaib said the replenishment bill supports the use of weapons in "a crisis it manufactured" when the country "attacked" worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"And yet, a $1 billion in American tax dollars my colleagues want to give represents to me an absurd and unjustifiable 140 times increase to US funding for the Iron Dome," said Tlaib.
Tlaib noted that the US should oppose the selling of weapons to anyone internationally without "human rights compliance."
In backlash against Tlaib and fellow Representatives that voted against the measure, Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida, said he would not allow "one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish democratic state of Israel an apartheid state," according to the New York Times.
"To falsely characterize the state of Israel is consistent with those who advocate for the dismantling of the one Jewish state in the world," he said. "When there is no place on the map for one Jewish state, that’s anti-semitism, and I reject that."