One of the members of “The Squad” is facing backlash for blaming Israel after it was attacked by terrorists.
The terrorist group Hamas launched 200 rockets into Israel’s territory, killing two people. Israel responded with deadly airstrikes. Israel is under constant threat of attack from Palestine and regularly takes damage and casualties from rocket attacks. Hamas forces are known to hide amongst civilians, including in schools, putting locals and children at risk.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., took to Twitter to attack Israel.
“Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism,” Rep. Omar wrote on Twitter. “Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”
Rep. Omar’s comments sparked outrage and accusations of antisemitism, especially since Hamas struck first. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leveled one of the more poignant attacks on Rep. Omar.
“Why is a Member of Congress acting as the press secretary for Hamas?” Sen. Cruz asked on Twitter. “Does Biden agree?”
This isn’t the first time Sen. Cruz and Rep. Omar have clashed on Twitter. He has repeatedly called her out for her anti-Israel sentiments.
But Sen. Cruz wasn’t the only Republican to push back against Rep. Omar’s comments. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., said Rep. Omar “should decide whether she wants to be a Congresswoman or a full-time propagandist for Hamas.”
“Why are her fellow Democrats so silent about her disgraceful comments?” Rep. Boebert added.
Rep. Omar’s comments drew criticism from all sides.
“Hamas bombs Israeli civilians from Gaza and there’s crickets from Congresswoman Omar,” said Joel Peltin, Superintendent of the Kiryas Joel School District. “Israel strikes back at the source of the airstrikes and there’s immediate condemnation. The outrage only seems to travel in one direction for some members of Congress.”