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Congresswoman faces criticism over tweet on Israel holding body of Palestinian

Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted in support of Mai Afana's family, which has not gotten her body back from Israel after she was killed allegedly attempting to attack Israeli soldiers.
Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (L) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (R) arrive for a briefing with the House of Representatives on the situation in Afghanistan at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 24, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is being criticized for a tweet she posted about Israel not releasing the body of a Palestinian woman who allegedly attacked soldiers. Israeli and Palestinian sources reported conflicting information on the incident at the time. 

On Saturday, Tlaib tweeted about the efforts of Khuloud Afana to retrieve her daughter Mai’s body from the Israeli authorities. Tlaib said that the older Afana is “fighting to be able to bury her daughter & begin her healing.” Tlaib described the late Afana as “a mother, loving daughter & successful PhD student.” 

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