WASHINGTON, DC — An outspoken congresswoman has criticized three other congresswomen for their alleged support of certain groups that call for and sometimes attack Americans and Israelis.
In a May 10 tweet, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) referenced three of four congressional Democrats known as the “Squad” as the “Jihad Squad” and said they don’t belong in Congress due to their recent defense of Hamas.
“The Jihad Squad @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib @AOC doesn’t think Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorists Hamas when they fire rockets into Israel.
“They also support terrorists Antifa/BLM who attack Americans.
“Members who support terrorism don’t belong in Congress.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is usually associated as a member of the “squad,” but escaped mention from Greene.
Are Greene’s tweets considered mean? It depends on one’s political perspective.
Way to stand up for yourself Marjorie!— Alex (@NotAlexSheppard) May 14, 2021
The way you’ve been treated is sick!
The “squad” has come under criticism in recent days after complaining about Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Hamas.
The full-on attack from a dozen or more Democratic members of Congress on Biden and Blinken for supporting the Israelis in Gaza is an infinitely more important intra-party dispute than the Liz Cheney drama:https://t.co/oArnYPl9Fe— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 14, 2021
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sits on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. In February, she was promoted to the leadership position of Vice Chair on the Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights subcommittee within the Foreign Affairs Committee.
It's no surprise that a white supremacist who incited an insurrection against our government, called Neo-Nazis "very fine people," and separated kids from their mothers would support human rights abuses against innocent kids.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 11, 2021
It’s ok to be pro-humanity and pro-Palestinians. https://t.co/YZ8kfP2Axi
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the country’s oldest pro-Israel organization, both denounced Omar’s promotion.
Ex-Israeli ambassador slams progressive Democrats for supporting ‘genocidal, jihadist’ Hamas | Just The News https://t.co/ihXkwCtu8o— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) May 14, 2021
Breitbart reported CJV said in a statement:
“Omar, despite a history of support for organizations with ties to Islamic terror and condemnations of Israel sufficient to be voted ‘2019’s Anti-Semite of the Year’ by StopAntiSemitism.org, was named Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
“‘This appointment is both risible and dangerous. Ilhan Omar’s long-standing hatred for Israel and contempt for Jews and for America make this a mockery of human rights advocacy,’ said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Israel Regional Vice President of the CJV.
“‘I have little doubt that she will abuse the framework of ‘human rights’ to further her campaign to demonize the Jewish State, as the UN Human Rights Council does on an annual basis. Rep. Omar should have been stripped of her committee assignments, rather than rewarded with a promotion.’”
ZOA also released a statement, saying in part:
“Omar should certainly not be elevated to her new leadership position – which will give her an even bigger platform for spewing her hateful antisemitism, Israel-bashing and promotion of boycotts against the Middle East’s only human-rights-loving democracy, Israel.”
On May 10, Omar tweeted that the Israelis were committing an act of terrorism:
“Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.
“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.”
Breitbart reported Omar’s complaints were selective:
“Hamas is also known to fire rockets at Israel from densely populated areas in Gaza, placing civilians at risk, and also uses Palestinian civilians as human shields to protect terrorists and weapons caches.
“Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted many — though not all — of more than 150 rockets fired by Palestinians on Monday night.
“Rep. Omar complained that Palestinians do not have a similar system, failing to note that Israelis are not firing rockets at Palestinian civilians.”
RAW FOOTAGE: This is the moment the Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of rockets over Tel Aviv and central Israel. pic.twitter.com/8jl8OTgWCl— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 11, 2021
The Washington Examiner reported that Omar’s tweet was in response to Palestinian claims that 20 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed by Israeli airstrikes.
Here you have one of 9 children killed who suddenly is alive pic.twitter.com/YlFgOa5ZI2— Tatito (@tatitotatito) May 12, 2021
However, the newspaper also noted that the report Omar cited omitted Israel’s claim that the airstrikes were targeting militants who fired missiles into Israel and that 11 Hamas terrorists were reportedly killed.
It’s Biden that has caused this problem. He will do well to keep a low profile— bolsover710 💙🇬🇧🔯🇮🇱🥃🏌🏾♂️ (@Bobby6172) May 11, 2021
“I see some who were silent as Palestinians were ripped from their homes and tear gassed in their holiest mosques now finding their voices — to stand with the Israeli gov as airstrikes leave Palestinian children dead.
“Where are your voices when Palestinians are under threat?”
When you omit the fact of 150 rocket attacks launched from the Gaza section of Egypt into Israeli residential areas, you lost credibility— Kimberly McKeever (@KimberlyMcKeeve) May 11, 2021
Two days prior, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had tweeted about standing with Palestinians:
“We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.
“Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence.
“It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.”
You have no clue pic.twitter.com/RXH6KcCmNB— Robert Resnick (@RobertResnick) May 9, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez recently blasted President Joe Biden for saying that Israel “has the right to defend itself.”
Biden is as monstrous as his counterparts in Israel. Even 30 dead children isn’t enough to earn even mild criticism https://t.co/N5cvdZP4aL— FREE PALESTINE (@AbbyMartin) May 13, 2021
In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez complained about Biden’s statement:
“Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa — dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong.”
By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions – which are condemnable – & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2021
This is not neutral language. It takes a side – the side of occupation.
New York Post reported that Tel Aviv came under a barrage of 130 rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blared across Israel’s second-largest city:
“Israel’s Iron Dome defense system was activated Tuesday night, with the streaks of multiple interceptor missiles lighting up the skies over the area.
“The heavy bombardment came after an Israeli strike earlier Tuesday evening that leveled a high-rise building in Gaza that housed the offices of several top Hamas officials. That strike had come in retaliation for earlier Hamas aggression.
“Both sides had been firing at each other throughout the day, in some of the worst fighting between Israel and the terror group since their 2014 war.”
As of Thursday, New York Post reported at least 83 people were killed in Gaza since the hostilities erupted Monday. In addition, about 400 Palestinians were injured.
On the Israeli side, seven people were killed, including a 21-year-old soldier.
In total, more than 1,600 rockets have been fired at Israel since Monday, with 400 falling short, according to the latest figures from the Israel Defense Forces.
Other Republicans and supporters of Israel have also taken issue with the “squad’s” comments. Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R) accused Omar of serving as “press secretary” for Hamas.
“Why is a Member of Congress acting as the press secretary for Hamas? Does Biden agree?”
Why is a Member of Congress acting as the press secretary for Hamas?— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 10, 2021
Does Biden agree? https://t.co/kjZG1HO0RD
Hamas seemingly benefits from having sympathetic U.S. politicians who are willing to promote its cause. In addition, social media platforms, such as Twitter, also boost the messaging Hamas wants to send to the world.
As reported by Law Enforcement Today, Twitter continues to allow Hamas leaders to incite violence through their accounts.
Hamas terror leader says the quiet part out loud: Iran supplies it with money and weapons it uses to attack Israel. And Biden appeasement team is in Vienna giving Iran billions of dollars and a path to a nuclear weapon. This is dangerous.— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 12, 2021
For example, Ismail Haniyeh has been permitted to tweet as Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau and de facto head of the Gaza Strip to celebrate and encourage violence against Israel.
Haniyeh also posts photographs of allegedly dead children he calls “martyrs.”
In one disturbing post, Haniyeh claimed an 11-year-old boy was hit by an Israeli rocket. The photographs he includes purportedly show the boy smiling while alive and then dead.
He is smiling, smiling on leaving this cruel world— Afreen (@iafreensiddiqui) May 12, 2021
In a separate post, Haniyeh celebrated the bombing of an Israeli oil pipeline while attaching a photograph of the resulting conflagration. He wrote (translated from Arabic):
“The bombing of Tel Aviv and the oil pipeline facility between Ashkelon and Eilat. God is great and glory is to God alone.”
They kicked Donald Trump off of Twitter. Meanwhile, the leader of Hamas is on this platform celebrating "the bombing of Tel Aviv." pic.twitter.com/GSnoQwdIJr— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) May 11, 2021
On May 12, Haniyeh posted a tweet expressing hope for greater violence against Israel while mocking efforts by European officials to end the violence:
Good to know threatening to shoot missiles at other people is allowed on Twitter, @Jack— Mathias Cavanaugh (@MathiasCav) May 13, 2021
What does President Joe Biden have to say about all this?
“Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable,” said Trump.— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) May 14, 2021
Former President Trump criticized President Biden, saying his “weakness” led to the #HamasTerrorists' attacks against #Israel. https://t.co/iVG2ewbPqX
Biden has a history of defending Israel and has opened himself up to criticism by some for that viewpoint.
My heart is with the people of Gaza. There’s no escape from the unconscionable bombardment they are face tonight. They’re trapped. It’s Eid and instead of celebrating, they don’t know if they will live to face another. Meanwhile, world leaders do nothing and Biden backs Israel.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 13, 2021
For example, Jeremy Scahill provided a scathing report on Biden’s track record, tweeting:
“As president, Joe Biden can no longer credibly claim to support a two state solution & pay lip service to opposing settlements while simultaneously giving a shield of impunity to Israel’s crimes.
“For decades, Biden has defended Israel’s worst atrocities.”
As president, Joe Biden can no longer credibly claim to support a two state solution & pay lip service to opposing settlements while simultaneously giving a shield of impunity to Israel’s crimes.— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) May 13, 2021
For decades, Biden has defended Israel's worst atrocities. pic.twitter.com/oe75QIEZJg
“I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not so long ago.
“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later. But Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
Interestingly, reports indicate that the Biden administration authorized $235 million in funding to Palestinians one month ago.
Secretly funding Terrorism!— Todd Johnson (@tltodd62) April 8, 2021
In April, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said:
“The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.”
Consider it a campaign donation to Hamas who are just Democrats living in Israel.— GenX (@SamoGenX) May 12, 2021
The funding authorized by Biden called for “$150 million through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA, $75 million in US economic and development assistance and $10 million for peace-building programs,” Blinken said in a statement.
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