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Tlaib And Omar Blame Israel For Sunday Attacks

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Two Democratic congresswomen both suggested Israel is to blame for Sunday’s conflict between the Jewish state and Gazan militants.

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib took issue with a New York Times story titled, “Gaza militants fire 250 rockets, and Israel responds with airstrikes.” Both reps. argued that the headline is misleading and suggests Israel was merely defending itself against militants.

In a Twitter post, Tlaib asked, “When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & our framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families.”

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US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) and US Representative from Michigan Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), dressed in white in tribute to the women’s suffrage movement, arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar also blamed Israel for the conflagration, wondering, “How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends? The status quo of [Israeli] occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable … ”

The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is believed responsible for firing about 600 rockets at Israel over the weekend. Israel responded with about 260. The group has acknowledged killing three Israelis, according to The Jerusalem Post. (RELATED: Imam Of Peace Calls Out Tlaib and Omar Amid Palestinian Rocket Fire)

TOPSHOT - Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a gathering on January 31, 2016 in Gaza city to pay tribute to their fellow militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip. Seven Hamas militants were killed on January 28, 2016 after a tunnel built for fighting Israel collapsed in the Gaza Strip, highlighting concerns that yet another conflict could eventually erupt in the Palestinian enclave. / AFP / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a gathering on Jan. 31, 2016 in Gaza city to pay tribute to their fellow militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip. Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Violence reignited in the Gaza region on Friday after a Palestinian sniper shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers — prompting  Israeli airstrikes into Gaza, according to the Associated Press.

The Israeli Defence Force is denying reports that its rocket fire caused the death of a one-year-old baby and mother, saying Hamas misfire is to blame. (RELATED: Tlaib Hosts Another Anti-Israel, Terror-Affiliated Activist On Capitol Hill)

Tlaib and Omar’s chronic criticism of Israel has provoked many to suggest the attacks are anti-Semitic. Both women fundraised for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a shadowy group that has been linked with Islamic terrorism. When Omar spoke at a March CAIR conference she infamously referred to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a day when “some people did something.”

Omar has said that Israel’s has hypnotized the world and seeks to buy the support of American lawmakers. Despite their rhetoric, both congresswomen say they are not anti-Semitic and are only critical of Israel’s foreign policy.

Imam Mohamad Tawhidi criticized the pair’s silence on Islamic terrorism, Sunday, rhetorically asking “Remember that time @Ilhan and @RashidaTlaib condemned Hamas’ terrorism?” And answering: “Neither do I.”

 

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