This call for censure comes in the wake of anti-Israel protests that took place at a Capitol office building on Wednesday. The protesters were calling for a ceasefire following Israel's declaration of war on Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group. This conflict has resulted in the tragic loss of at least 1,400 Israeli lives.
Representative Greene has characterized the protest as an "insurrection" and has called for the same treatment for the participants as those who protested at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. She has also demanded an investigation into the incident. In a letter to the Capitol Police, the Georgia representative formally requested the preservation of all security surveillance footage and arrest records related to the incident.
In a statement on social media platform X, Representative Greene said, "Rashida Tlaib organized an insurrection today that broke federal law. She coordinated with Global Intifada and anti-Israel JVP. They all must be held in the DC gulag and Tlaib must be held accountable." She further announced her intention to write a censure resolution for Representative Tlaib, stating, "After what she did today, I expect even Democrats will join in. She is an Israel hating America hating woman who does not represent anything America stands for."
In her letter to the US Capitol Police, Representative Greene formally requested the department to "preserve all video surveillance footage, photographic evidence, police reports and arrests records from all House Office Buildings on October 18, 2023."
She further stated that the group behind the protest, Jewish Voice for Peace, is a pro-Islamic anti-Semitic group that seeks the destruction of the state of Israel, according to the Anti-Defamation League. She accused the protesters of causing elevators to shut down, blocking staircases and hallways, making exits inaccessible, and obstructing official legislative business, thereby putting Members of Congress, their staff, and Capitol visitors at risk.
Representative Greene also insisted that the Committee on House Administration must investigate the incident and review all footage and evidence provided by Capitol Police. She demanded that those involved in the protest be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
In addition, Representative Greene criticized Representative Tlaib for participating in Hezbollah's worldwide "day of rage." During this event, Representative Tlaib was seen protesting with demonstrators, leading chants and speeches.
She was quoted as saying, "If we're not crying something is wrong. So I’m telling you right now, President Biden, not all of America is with you on this one, and you need to wake up and understand that. We are literally watching people commit your genocide."
The U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that arrests were made following illegal demonstrations inside the Cannon Rotunda, including for assault of police officers. Approximately 300 people were arrested during the incident.
The police also stated that demonstrations are not allowed inside Congressional Buildings and that arrests in the Canon Rotunda and the rolling road closures are ongoing. Among these arrests, three people have been charged with Assault on a Police Officer during processing.