Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 28, 2024

Tlaib Leads Michigan Democrats to Protest Biden’s Gaza Policy

Progressive Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is spearheading a campaign against President Joe Biden among Michigan Democrats over his controversial stance on Israel's policy regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

According to Daily Mail, Tlaib wants Michigan Democrats to vote 'uncommitted' in the upcoming primary to protest Biden's handling of the issue.

Rashida Tlaib, a prominent member of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has sparked a movement among Michigan Democrats, urging them to oppose President Joe Biden due to his policies on the Israel-Palestine conflict. At the recent Peoples' Conference for Palestine, Tlaib criticized Biden’s support for Israel's government, describing it as an apartheid regime.

Pointing to the significant financial aid sent annually to Israel, Tlaib accused the U.S. of supporting ethnic cleansing. She also condemned Biden's and Congress's criticisms of pro-Gaza protesters, arguing that such actions are attempts to suppress voices trying to save lives.

Biden's Gaza Policy Faces Progressive Backlash

Tlaib has been vocal in urging Michigan Democrats to vote 'uncommitted' in the state's primary elections, signaling their disapproval of Biden’s policies. This move is aimed to protest what Tlaib deems inadequate responses to the ongoing violence in Gaza.

Biden has stated that Israel is not committing genocide, a stance that Tlaib vehemently opposes. She referenced a recent statement from the International Court of Justice demanding that Israel stop its invasion of Rafah, which Biden has not supported.

Over the weekend, an Israeli airstrike in a camp in Rafah resulted in the deaths of at least 45 people. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed responsibility for killing two senior Hamas operatives while investigating civilian casualties.

Controversial Statements and Actions

Tlaib did not hold back at the Peoples' Conference for Palestine, calling Biden an “enabler” and hinting at potential electoral consequences come November. She criticized the administration’s approach, particularly its rejection of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) jurisdiction over Israeli actions.

Benny Gantz, an Israeli official, reiterated that IDF operations against Hamas would continue unabated. Since October 7, approximately 36,000 Palestinians and 1,160 Israelis have lost their lives in the escalating conflict.

Despite the critique, Biden maintains that the U.S. stands firmly with Israel, rejecting accusations of genocide. He defended his decision to pause a shipment of 3,500 bombs to Israel on May 8 but later supported a substantial $1 billion arms package to the nation.

Electoral Consequences Loom

Tlaib’s criticism extends to the broader Democratic leadership as well. She warned Biden that their grievances would not be forgotten in the November elections, emphasizing the frustration among progressives.

In his defense, Biden highlighted that there is no equivalence between the actions of Israel and Hamas and stressed that the U.S. does not recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction in this context. He reiterated the nation's commitment to Israel's security.


Rashida Tlaib's criticism of Joe Biden's support for Israel highlights a significant divide within the Democratic Party as she mobilizes progressive challenges to established party policies. Her campaign, including urging Michigan Democrats to vote 'uncommitted,' underscores growing tensions between the party's progressive and moderate factions. This internal conflict could significantly impact the party's unity and influence the upcoming election outcomes.

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