The White House rejected the use of the phrase “from the river to the sea” just one day after censure was passed in the House for Rashida Tlaib’s comments on Israel – Hamas war, including the use of the phrase.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided commenting on the move against Tlaib, however, she did say that the administration has been clear in denouncing similar language.
“You’ve heard from members of [the National Security Council]… that when it comes to the phrase that was used, ‘From river to the sea,’ it is divisive,” she said. She continued that the phrase has been labelled as antisemitic by many and many have found it hurtful. “And so obviously, we categorically reject applying the term to this conflict.”
Tlaib took to X, formerly known as Twitter, over the weekend to share video and alleged that President Biden has been approving the genocide of Palestinians. She also included the videos of the protestors around the nation, which had them chanting, “from the river to the sea.”
The pro-Palestinian slogan refers to the land between the Mediterranean sea and Jordan river, which includes Israel. It is seen by many as advocating for the removal of Israel to make way for a free Palestinian state.