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.”
When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine https://t.co/p3X3j8WtwM
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019
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 … ”
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 occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 5,
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)
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.”
Neither do I.
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) May 5, 2019