Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Squad’ Democrats are criticized for calling for a ‘ceasefire’ after Hamas’s deadly terror attacks on Israel
- Conservatives condemn the left-wing group of Democrats in the House of Representatives for calling for a ceasefire after the deadly attacks in Israel
- While the ‘Squad’ members condemn the violence, critics say Israel should be able to defend itself
Republicans are criticizing ‘Squad’ House Democrats who are calling for a ceasefire after the deadly attacks on Israel.
Members of the left-wing group made statements after Hamas’ devastating attack. Israeli officials say the death toll has risen to at least 300 and at least 1,500 have been injured.
“Today is devastating for all who seek lasting peace and respect for human rights in Israel and Palestine. I condemn Hamas’s attack in the strongest possible terms,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“No child and family should ever suffer this kind of violence and fear, and this violence will not solve the ongoing oppression and occupation in the region.”
“An immediate ceasefire and de-escalation are urgently needed to save lives,” she said Fox news.
Representative Illhan Omar said: “I condemn the heinous acts we see taking place in Israel today against children, women, the elderly and unarmed people who are being slaughtered and held hostage by Hamas.”
“Such senseless violence will only repeat the back-and-forth cycle that we have seen and cannot allow to continue. We must call for de-escalation and a ceasefire. I will continue to advocate for peace and justice throughout the Middle East.”
Rep. Omar’s statement drew criticism from conservative pundits.
“She will never acknowledge that there was peace in the Middle East and Europe when Trump was in power,” said Rachel Campos-Duffy, co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend.
Conservative commentator John Hasson said: ‘Note how she condemns only the acts against ‘children, women, the elderly and the unarmed.’ She implies that attacking/killing IDF forces is fine.”
Fighting continued overnight as Israel announced more than 300 dead in Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday morning
After the attacks on Saturday morning, Hamas took dozens of Israeli civilians hostage
Representative Ayanna Pressley said: “These devastating attacks on Israelis are deeply alarming and my heart breaks for the victims and their loved ones. We need an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation. It is long past time to break this cycle of violence and trauma and work towards a just and lasting peace in the region.”
Her statement was criticized for dismissing the need for Israel to defend itself.
“The team told Israel to withdraw after it was attacked and hundreds of civilians were slaughtered,” one user wrote.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman said, “I strongly condemn Hamas’ heinous attacks and am saddened by the loss of precious lives, especially on the holy day of Simchat Torah. We need a way to end this deadly violence that is killing and traumatizing generations of Israelis. and Palestinians – including the blockade of Gaza.”
‘I have been to the Gaza border and know that Israelis and Palestinians live in constant fear. We must work harder to ensure peace in the region.”
Conservative radio host Jason Rantz said, “Bowman can’t just condemn terrorism. He needs to include his ignorant criticism of Israel.”
Representative Summer Lee said, “We urgently need de-escalation and an end to this tragic cycle of violence. To achieve this, we must end the occupation and help build a just and lasting peace.
One user responded to Lee: “Ridiculous. Just condemn Hamas’ attacks. Condemn them for dragging someone’s dead daughter through the streets. Explain that they kidnapped someone’s grandmother. Condemn them for kidnapping babies. You represent a great American Jewish community, act like it.”
“And we also know that there is no military solution that can end this violence.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Cori Bush and Rep. Greg Casar have made no statements about the attacks in Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to fight back, declaring in a statement that they are at war.