Representative Cori Bush Calls Israel an “Apartheid State” After Voting Against Funding for Iron Dome | Politics
JEFFERSON CITY – US Representative Cori Bush said Thursday that the United States should not fund “the army of an apartheid state” after voting against $ 1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
“Palestinians also deserve to be freed from militarized violence,” Bush said on Twitter. “We should not send an additional $ 1 billion to the army of an apartheid state. Especially not when we are not investing adequately in health care, housing, education and other social services that our communities need.
Palestinians also deserve to be freed from militarized violence.
We should not send an additional $ 1 billion to the army of an apartheid state. Especially not when we are not investing adequately in the health care, housing, education and other social services that our communities need.
– Cori Bush (@CoriBush) September 23, 2021
Israeli leaders and supporters strongly oppose the use of the word “apartheid” in reference to the country.
Bush’s tweet follows a vote in the United States House on Thursday to approve $ 1 billion to support Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Bush was one of nine members of the House to vote against the funding.
During the debate, Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., A daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents, was the only lawmaker to speak out against the funding, saying Congress should also speak out about the Palestinian need for security from attacks. Israeli.
She also called Israel an “apartheid regime”, eliciting strong condemnation from Democratic Representative Ted Deutch, D-Fla.