As the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve $1 billion in funding for Israel\u0026#039;s Iron Dome missile defense system, Rep. Rashida Tlaib was lauded by human rights advocates—and lambasted by some of her pro-Israel colleagues—after explaining why she cast one of only nine votes against the measure.\r\n\r\nThe House voted 420-9 in favor of the stand-alone Iron Dome funding bill (pdf) days after progressive Democrats including Tlaib (D-Mich.) blocked the military aid from a broader spending package. Eight Democrats and one Republican—Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)—voted against the measure on Thursday, while Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voted \u0022present.\u0022\r\n\r\nRep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), one of the House\u0026#039;s most vocal defenders of Palestinian human rights, voted in favor of the bill.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022I will not support an effort to enable and support war crimes, human rights abuses, and violence,\u0022 Tlaib said on the House floor while explaining her vote against the Iron Dome funding. \u0022We cannot be talking only about Israelis\u0026#039; need for safety at a time when Palestinians are living under a violent apartheid system, and are dying from what Human Rights Watch said are war crimes.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We should also be talking about Palestinian need for security from Israeli attacks,\u0022 added Tlaib, who is the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. \u0022We must be consistent in our commitment to human life, period. Everyone deserves to be safe there.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHuman rights and pro-Palestinian groups applauded Tlaib\u0026#039;s stance. The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) thanked the congresswoman \u0022for speaking truth to power, and for braving the smears leveled at you for simply insisting that Palestinians are human beings who deserve safety, security, and freedom from Israeli apartheid.\u0022\r\n\r\nJewish Voice for Peace Action also thanked Tlaib, adding that \u0022it is outrageous that Democratic leadership is trying to push forward an additional $1 billion to the Israeli military. Every single progressive member of Congress should vote no.\u0022\r\n\r\nSupporters of Israel, however, condemned Tlaib\u0026#039;s vote and remarks.\r\n\r\n\u0022The truth has finally come out on the floor of the House of the United States of America,\u0022 said Rep. Charles Fleischmann (R-Tenn.). \u0022They have a vocal minority in the majority party that is anti-Israel, that is antisemitic, and as Americans we can never stand for that.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Let\u0026#039;s stand with Israel, let\u0026#039;s combat antisemitism wherever it is in the world,\u0022 he added.\r\n\r\nRep. Ted Deutch—a staunchly pro-Israel Florida Democrat and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee—also condemned Tlaib\u0026#039;s remarks, saying he \u0022cannot 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.\u0022\r\n\r\nDeutch said that Tlaib \u0022besmirched our ally\u0022 and \u0022falsely characterized the state of Israel\u0022 like \u0022those who advocate for the dismantling of the one Jewish state in the world.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022When there\u0026#039;s no place on the map for one Jewish state, that\u0026#039;s antisemitism,\u0022 Deutch asserted.\r\n\r\nTlaib and other advocates for Palestinian human rights have been repeatedly attacked by Israel supporters, who are often accused of conflating legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and actions with antisemitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who along with Tlaib is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, said in 2019 that such slurs are \u0022designed to end the debate\u0022 about Israel\u0026#039;s crimes against Palestinians.