The progressive “Squad” members of the House Democrats faced criticism from conservatives due to their responses to Hamas’ recent attack on Israel.
Several “Squad” representatives voiced their concerns about the violence, urging for the situation to cool down. Among them, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., hasn’t issued any statement on the incident. However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sought an “immediate halt and a lowering of tensions” after Hamas’ unexpected assault. She emphasized the need for peace and condemned the violence, specifically pointing out the negative impact on children and families. Her remarks were met with criticism by GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who labeled her a “Hamas sympathizer.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., known for her past controversial comments about Israel, denounced the acts against civilians and called for peace in the region. Yet, her statements were met with criticism from conservative voices, reminding of her prior comparisons of the U.S. and Israel to groups like Hamas and the Taliban.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley expressed concern over the violence, emphasizing the need for an end to the ongoing hostilities. Rep. Jamaal Bowman highlighted the need for peace and drew attention to the constant fear that both Israelis and Palestinians live under.
However, Bowman faced criticism for his views on Israel in the past, including voting against a resolution that denied Israel was an apartheid state.
Rep. Cori Bush expressed her sorrow over the violence and loss of lives, emphasizing a need for peace and a call to reconsider U.S. backing for Israeli military actions. Critics challenged her views, pointing to an imbalance in her statements.
Recently, protests have emerged in Gaza against economic restrictions. Hamas, backed by Iran, launched an attack on southern Israel, leading to significant casualties on both sides. The situation continues to be volatile, with both sides experiencing heavy losses.