A New York congressman railed against Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar after the Minnesota Democrat claimed Israel should not fight back against Hamas and called its military efforts a “war crime.”
On Monday, Omar said she was against an Israeli military response, saying that “peace and justice will not come out of the barrel of a gun.”
Rep. Mike Lawler, a Republican representing New York’s 17th Congressional District, wrote on
‘You are crazy and unfit for the House of Representatives. That is why you were removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee.”
In February, Omar was removed from the committee, with fellow Republicans in Congress citing her past anti-Israel rhetoric as the reason.
More than 900 people were killed in Hamas’s surprise terror attack on Israel last weekend.
In her statement on Monday, Omar attacked Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s actions against Hamas, calling it “collective punishment” and a “war crime.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar once again made headlines with incendiary remarks, calling Israel’s response to Hamas’ brutal attacks a “war crime.”
Omar’s came as Israeli forces continued to pound Gaza in response to horrific Hamas attacks
Rep. Mike Lawler, a Republican from New York, called out Omar and said she is not fit to serve in Congress
“Israeli’s defense minister has called the Palestinians ‘human animals’ and promised to cut off all electricity, food and fuel to civilians in Gaza,” she said.
Omar is a member of the left-wing group of Democrats in Congress known as The Squad.
They have made their position on Israel abundantly clear over the years. Some of them boycotted Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s speech to Congress earlier this year.
On Monday, Omar said on
“As the world condemns Hamas’ attacks, we must also oppose an Israeli military response that has already cost the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, including nearly two dozen children.”
She added: “The solution to this horror is, as always, a negotiated peace – with Israelis and Palestinians enjoying equal rights and security guarantees.
“Rather than continue unconditional arms sales and military aid to Israel, I urge the United States to finally use its diplomatic power to broker peace,” added the Democrat, who has been accused of to marry her brother.
Gates McGavick, the communications director for the Republican National Committee, was also angered by Omar’s words.
In a series of posts on X, Omar called out the Israeli response to the attack
Representative Mike Lawler fought back against the claims
Omar called for ‘international’ protection in Gaza after Palestinian terror group Hamas launched surprise attacks on multiple fronts in Israel on Saturday
In a statement, Representative Rashida Tlaib referred to Israel as an “apartheid government” responsible for the “suffering” caused by the attacks. That was followed by a similar statement from Rep. Cori Bush
“This is the literal definition of negotiating with terrorists,” he wrote.
On Monday, it emerged that fellow squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib was still flying a Palestinian flag outside her office in the House of Representatives after the weekend attacks.
The progressive Democrat from Michigan failed to specifically condemn Hamas in her statement on the horrific violence that took place in Israel this weekend, and instead called on the US government to stop funding Israel.
In total, eight progressive members of the Democratic caucus have failed to support Israel against the existential threat it faces: Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, Greg Casar and Summer Lee. everything came up short during the weekend.
Also on Monday, liberal Democrat Ritchie Torres took aim at Tlaib and Rep. Cori Bush, calling their comments about the bloody conflict “reprehensible and abhorrent.”
In a statement, Representative Tlaib referred to Israel as an “apartheid government” responsible for the “suffering” caused by the attacks. Tlaib called Hamas the “resistance” in the same statement. Both representatives called on the Biden administration to stop supporting Israel.
“I mourn the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today and every day. I am as determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights and human dignity.”
“The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance,” Tlaib said in her statement.
Rep. Cori Bush later released a similar statement.
Meanwhile, Rep. Torres struck a different chord than fellow liberals in a statement to the Jewish Insider. “American assistance to Israel is and must be unconditional, and never more so than at this moment of critical need. Congress must act decisively to provide Israel with everything it needs to defend itself in the face of unprecedented terrorism.”
‘Shame on anyone who glorifies the largest mass murder of Jews in one day since the Holocaust as ‘resistance’. It is reprehensible and abhorrent.”
Torres, 35, was elected in 2020 to represent New York’s 15th Congressional District. In 2019, he called himself “the epitome of a pro-Israel progressive” in 2019.