Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley outed several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for voting against a House resolution supporting Israel.
House Resolution 57, which condemned antisemitism and declared Israel is not “a racist or apartheid state,” was approved Tuesday by a 412–9–1 vote.
The nine congressional members who opposed the resolution were listed by Haley in a post to Twitter.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, Summer Lee, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Andre Carson, Delia Ramirez and Ayanna Pressley were singled out by Haley.
All nine belong to the Progressive Caucus in Congress, which Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) leads.
“Israel is a racist state,” Jayapal remarked
HR 57 was drafted in response to the congresswoman’s incendiary remark, according to Fox News. Jayapals’s comment prompted bipartisan backlash.
Democratic Party leaders and more than 40 Democratic House members released separate statements condemning the comment. Progressive squad members did not abandon the outspoken Jayapal, though.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded to Haley’s list via Twitter, showing no contrition for her “no” vote.
The New York Democrat instead proposed alternate titles, such as “People in Congress who think apartheid is wrong” or “People in Congress who don’t ignore human rights abuses against Palestinians.”
Her comments suggest a sharp division between Haley and the progressive lawmaker over the contentious issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Jayapal’s comments, which drew bipartisan criticism, were later retracted, though she continues to criticize the Israeli government.
Another ‘squad’ member, Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, echoed Jayapal’s sentiments, using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel.
The vote on the resolution, which demonstrated substantial bipartisan support for Israel, was held prior to an address by Israeli President Isaac Herzog to the U.S. Congress.
Haley’s decision to compile and publicize the list of lawmakers who voted against it showcases the increasing prominence of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in American political discourse.