The House has approved sending Israel $1 billion for its Iron Dome defense system by an overwhelming 420 to 9 majority after Progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib was accused by a member of her own party of anti-semitism in a stunning rebuke on the House floor Thursday.
AOC, who abstained on the vote, burst into tears as the result was read, coincidentally- right in front of all the cameras.
Among the 'no' votes were Tlaib and her fellow Squad members Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
During the debate ahead of the vote, Foreign Affairs Chair Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, who opposed the $1 billion in funds' initial removal from an earlier bill, condemned Tlaib when it was his turn to speak during the debate.
'I cannot - cannot 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,' Deutch stated. 'I reject it.'
'If you believe in human rights, if you believe in saving lives - Israeli and Palestinian lives - I say to my colleague who just besmirched our ally, then you will support this legislation,' the moderate Democrat directed at Tlaib.
He was cut off for lack of time but was given an additional 30 seconds - during which his barrage against Tlaib's criticisms of Israel continued.
'When there is no place on the map for one Jewish state - that's anti-Semitism, and I reject that,' Deutch argued.
The end of his speech was met with applause throughout the chamber.
A few minutes earlier Tlaib asserted that Israel committed war crimes, invoking Human Rights Watch's previous condemnation of the country's actions in the Gaza Strip.
'I will not support an effort to enable war crimes, human rights abuses and war crimes,' Tlaib told lawmakers in the House chamber. 'We cannot be talking only about Israelis' need for safety under a time when Palestinians are living under a violent apartheid system.'
'We should also be talking about Palestinian need for security from Israeli attacks. We must be consistent in our commitment to human life.'
She went on to lambast her colleagues for allocating taxpayer money to fund what she said Human Rights Watch called 'war crimes' like bombs launched at religious centers.
'The Israeli government is an apartheid regime - not my words, the words of Human Rights Watch,' Tlaib continued despite being told her allocated time was up.
Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee also attacked Tlaib over her comments. Speaking directly after the Michigan lawmaker, Fleischmann gestured broadly as he delivered a furious condemnation of her remarks.
'They have a vocal minority in the majority party that is anti-Israel, that is anti-Semitic, and as Americans, we can never stand for that,' the GOP representative declared.
'As Americans, I beseech you, I reach out to the majority and I condemn what we just heard on the House floor. Condemn terrorism.
‘let's stand with Israel and condemn anti-Semitism.'