By Sophie Squire
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US rep urges Democrats not to vote for Genocide Joe

Reformists are in trouble across both US and Britain, as Labour faces trouble in upcoming ceasefire vote
Issue 2893
Joe Biden in front of a US flag before statement from US rep Tlaib don't vote Biden

Genocide Joe in front of a US flag

The only Palestinian member of the US House of Representatives, Rashida Tlaib, is urging Democrats not to vote for current president Joe Biden. In a recent video, Tlaib asked Democrats in Michigan to vote “uncommitted” to a second Biden term. In the US voting uncommitted means members can exercise a vote for a political party but say they aren’t committed to its candidates. 

Tlaib took her stand as Biden continued to try and force through a bill that sends £11 billion in aid to Israel though the House of Representatives. “It is important to create a voting bloc, something that is a bullhorn, to say, ‘Enough is enough’. We don’t want a country that supports wars and bombs and destruction. We want to support life. We want to stand up for every single life killed in Gaza,” Tlaib said in her statement.  

Her statement was at odds with another member of the Squad, the group of left Democratic Party members in the US House of Representatives. Last week representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Biden, describing him as “one of the most successful presidents in modern American history.” She added that she’ll be throwing her support behind him.

The left inside the Democrats hasn’t even tried to run a challenger to Biden. His only opponent is Dean Phillips, heir to a Minnesota liquor business. Splits in the Squad show the woeful limitations in electoral politics. The real challenger to Biden’s warmongering and betrayal of working class people will have to come from on the streets and in the workplaces.

Trouble brewing for Starmer and Labour

Members of the Scottish Labour Party backed a motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza last Saturday. This will be a direct challenge to Keir Starmer who has called for everything but an immediate ceasefire. Instead, he prefers to use terms like a “ceasefire that lasts” or a “sustainable ceasefire.” The Scottish National Party will also table another motion calling for an immediate end to the violence in Gaza this Wednesday.

Starmer and the Labour Party will want to avoid another revolt in its ranks over a ceasefire vote in the House of Commons. During a previous Commons vote on the issue in November, Labour lost ten shadow ministers and parliamentary aides who rebelled against the leadership’s stance on Gaza. The SNP is putting more pressure on Starmer and writing to Labour backbenchers to back it.

SNP’s Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn, published a letter inviting Starmer to discuss the motion but making it “crystal clear” that the wording of the motion “must maintain the clarity of pressing for an immediate ceasefire”.

Starmer’s warmongering and refusal to back an immediate ceasefire could cause trouble for him on many fronts.

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