Rep. Tlaib Voted Against Motion to Protect Jewish Students, But Says Antisemitism is ‘Growing’ Under Trump

By Lucy Collins | September 24, 2020 | 12:24pm EDT
House Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)  (Getty Images)
House Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Despite her vote against a bill amended to include Jewish Americans as a protected class under Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said, “we don't support any form of hate in our country, including antisemitism,” and added that antisemitism is “growing during this Trump administration.” 

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday,  Rep. Tlaib clarified to CNS News that she did not vote directly against the amendment last week that would help Jewish students counter discrimination in public schools, rather she voted against the motion to recommit with instructions.

CNS News asked the congresswoman, “Last week, you voted against the amendment that would include Jews as a protected ground under Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act—.”

“It wasn’t an amendment, it was a motion to recommit,” Tlaib clarified.

“Do you think they should be included under [the Title 6] description?” CNS News then asked.

“I don’t support motions to recommit; so the MTR’s, to me, are just, are a way that some people are trying to prevent some of the policy moving forward,” she said.

“But, we’ve voted a number of times against antisemitism and it's been very clear this legislation, in a very bipartisan way, has been very clear that we don’t support any form of hate in our country, including antisemitism,” she said.

Tlaib continued, “But, we’re all on record supporting movements to fight against antisemitism in our country, which is growing during this Trump administration and it's very sad to see.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),  “The motion to recommit with instructions provides one final chance to amend a bill before it is passed by the full House of Representatives.”

In this case, HR 2574 was successful in its motion to recommit, despite Tlaib’s opposition, with the instructions:

“In carrying out the responsibilities of the recipient under this title, the employee or employees designated under this section shall consider antisemitism to be discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin as prohibited by this title.’’

Last year, the Anti-Defamation League said it found more than 2,100 acts of antisemitic hate, this represented a 56% increase in assaults. One of the causes of this rise, as studied by the AMCHA Initiative, which fights against U.S. antisemitism, is the increase of college campuses adopting Boycott, Divest Sanction (BSD) referendums against the state of Israel.

The AMCHA found that schools that passed the referendum have incidents targeting Jewish students for harm at a rate of 3 to 8 times higher than schools that had not.

Tlaib is an open supporter of the BDS referendum, according to an interview she gave to CNN, where she said it is a “form of freedom of speech” that people try to discredit by labelling it “antisemitism.”

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