Members of the far-left “Squad” won endorsements from the Democratic Party leadership in Congress for what the Biden administration described Tuesday as a “shameful” response to atrocities committed against Israel by Hamas during the weekend, including the execution of children.
Fox News Digital asked House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to publicly provide their views regarding the comments made by the representative. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., following the brutal attacks. Neither would offer a direct answer.
Jeffries’ office did not respond to Fox at all, while Schumer’s office pointed to a statement he issued over the weekend condemning a pro-Hamas protest in Times Square following the attacks. Fox pressed Schumer’s office to respond directly to the “Squad” statements, but received no further response.
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In their statements after the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas this weekend, Tlaib and Bush sparked outrage by calling for End of US aid to Israel.
“I mourn the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today and every day,” Tlaib’s statement said. “As long as our country provides billions of dollars in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”
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Bush’s statement said: “As part of achieving a just and lasting peace, we must do our part to end this violence and trauma by ending the U.S. government’s support for the Israeli military occupation and apartheid. »
Both Ocasio-Cortez and Omar called for a “ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Saturday, the day of attacks that saw hundreds of Israelis and many nationals of other countries massacred. including women, children and babies.
Following backlash over calls for a “cease-fire,” Ocasio-Cortez took aim at the same Times Square protest Schumer condemned, calling the “intolerance and insensitivity” expressed at the event a “unacceptable and harmful”.
In his own social media thread Monday after the backlash, Omar seemed to assimilate Israeli victims killed by Hamas terrorists this weekend and Palestinians killed in the ongoing Israeli response.
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Tlaib was repeatedly pressed by Fox Business on Wednesday to respond to the beheadings of Israeli babies and other atrocities committed by Hamas militants, but she ignored the questions.
According to Michigan Advance, a left-wing media outlet, Tlaib said Wednesday that she does not “support the targeting and killing of civilians, whether in Israel or Palestine” and added that suggestions to the contrary are “offensive and rooted in sectarian assumptions about my faith and ethnicity.” “.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre turned up the pressure on the “Squad” during Tuesday’s press briefing, calling their comments on the war between Israel and Hamas “false,” “repugnant ” and “shameful”.
“I saw some of these statements over the weekend and we’re going to continue to be very clear. We think they’re wrong, we think they’re disgusting and we think they’re shameful,” Jean said -Rock. .
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“Our condemnation belongs wholeheartedly to the terrorists who brutally murdered, raped and kidnapped hundreds, hundreds of Israelis. There can be no equivocation on this. There are no two sides here. There are no doesn’t have two sides,” she added.
Fox contacted the offices of Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Bush for comment on the White House’s condemnation of their reactions to the Hamas attacks, but received no response.
Fox News’ Houston Keene and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.