Congresswoman Cori Bush praised a Black Lives Matter activist who called for the death of police officers during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday.
The freshman Democrat from Missouri recalled Palestinian-American Bassem Masri’s actions in the wake of the 2014 Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown Jr., as she likened the bloody conflict in the West Bank with the BML movement, according to Fox News.
Masri, who died in 2018, received national attention for streaming heated exchanges with cops during protests outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to the report.
“I’m praying for your death and your death and your death and your death,” he reportedly said in one viral clip.
Marsi tweeted “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” after being arrested, which has been chanted and repeated by other police protestors.
“As a Palestinian, he was ready to resist, to rebel, to rise up with us as our St. Louis community mourned Mike Brown, Jr.’s state-sanctioned murder, and as we demanded an end to the militarized police occupation of our communities,” Bush said in her speech to lawmakers, according to the article.
“Palestinians know what state violence, militarized policing, and occupation of their communities look like.
“So when heavily militarized police forces showed up in Ferguson in 2014, Bassem and so many others of our St. Louis Palestinian community, our Palestinian siblings showed up too,” she reportedly continued.
The St. Louis representative said US financial support of the Israeli military funds “harassment,” “extortion” and “brutalization,” that was reminiscent of police aggression in the states, according to the report.
Bush proposed diverting the foreign military aid to support communities in St. Louis.