Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday condemned the attacks against Israel by Hamas, and said Israel has the right to “defend itself against this attack.”
“Every death is a tragedy,” she said. “Hamas’s increasing violence only endangers more people, including innocent Palestinians.”
Pelosi seemed to put blame on both sides for the escalation, and said, “recent provocations including extremist forces inside Jerusalem have made the situation worse, and restraint should be showed to de-escalate the crisis.”
Democrat Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, Minn., blamed the state of Israel for its airstrikes that killed over 10 Palestinian children.
“Very shameful for Yang to try to go to an Eid event after putting out a comment supporting the attack killing 9 children,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet.
Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked.
But then to try that in Astoria? During Ramadan?! They will let you know. https://t.co/r721mHyfri
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2021
Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that comes at the end of Ramadan and Yang had intended to go to a related location in the Astoria neighborhood in NY City on Wednesday.
I'm standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists. The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere.
— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) May 10, 2021
Omar tweeted on Tuesday that “Palestinian children deserve people to advocate for their humanity and security.” she said.
Dozens of people been killed in fighting between Hamas and Israel in past days, including 35 Palestinians and five Israelis.
Tensions escalated between the two ahead of a court hearing about Israel’s settlements that will force Palestinians to be evicted. The hearing is currently postponed.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said these pending evictions were “unacceptable and abhorrent.”
The U.S. State Department also showed concerns about the evictions.
“We are very concerned about the possible eviction of Palestinians in this Silwan neighborhood and in Sheikh Jarrah, many of these people have lived their for generations,” Jalina Porter, a spokesperson, said.
Author: Scott Dowdy