AOC and The Squad Demanded Israel De-escalate Even Before Israel Responded To Hamas Murdering, Kidnapping, and Raping Hundreds In Surprise Attack
“As part of achieving a just and lasting peace, we must do our part to stop this violence and trauma by ending U.S. government support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.” – Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.)
The brutal terrorist attacks on Israel, which has seen the massacre and taking hostage of civilians by Hamas complete with bodies being paraded through Gaza streets, have brought forth a plethora of reactions from American politicians and presidential candidates, many of whom unequivocally condemned Hamas’ actions and stated their support for Israel to respond with full force.
Then there were the statements issued by members of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called “Squad.” While predictable considering the anti-Semitism many of them have shown towards Israel in the past, they are nevertheless worth documenting for the record.
First up is AOC, who stated that “violence will not solve the ongoing oppression and occupation in the region” while calling for “an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation” to “save lives”:
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) October 7, 2023
Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote that “Such senseless violence will only repeat the back and forth cycle we’ve seen, which we cannot allow to continue” and also called for “deescalation and ceasefire”:
I condemn the horrific acts we are seeing unfold today in Israel against children, women, the elderly, and the unarmed people who are being slaughtered and taken hostage by Hamas. Such senseless violence will only repeat the back and forth cycle we've seen, which we cannot allow…
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 7, 2023
In another tweet, Omar suggested Palestinians were defenseless and were “deserving of protection from the international community”:
“Reminder, Gaza doesn’t have shelters or an iron dome and to please pray for them. May peace prevail in the region and move us towards a moral awakening to care about the human suffering we are seeing. Palestinians are human beings who have been in besieged and are deserving of protection from the international community.”
Reminder, Gaza doesn’t have shelters or an iron dome and to please pray for them. May peace prevail in the region and move us towards a moral awakening to care about the human suffering we are seeing. Palestinians are human beings who have been in besieged and are deserving of… https://t.co/zHssSCqi1O
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 8, 2023
Rep. Ayanna Pressley called for “an immediate ceasefire & de-escalation,” saying it “is long past time to stop this cycle of violence & trauma, and work toward a just & lasting peace in the region”:
These devastating attacks on Israelis are deeply alarming and my heart breaks for the victims & their loved ones.
We need an immediate ceasefire & de-escalation.
It is long past time to stop this cycle of violence & trauma, and work toward a just & lasting peace in the region. https://t.co/mPUukLKYg6
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) October 7, 2023
Rep. Jamaal Bowman wrote “We need a way to end this deadly violence that is killing and traumatizing generations of Israelis and Palestinians alike — including the blockade of Gaza”:
My statement on the escalating violence in the Middle East: pic.twitter.com/xGb8FYnqit
— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) October 7, 2023
Similarly, Rep. Cori Bush’s official statement took a blatant blame-the-victim approach in response to the “ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel”:
“As part of achieving a just and lasting peace, we must do our part to stop this violence and trauma by ending U.S. government support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.”
My statement on the ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/NIt9G7aLMI
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 8, 2023
As of this writing, Rep. Rashida Tlaib has not issued a response, which considering her rabid activism on behalf of her fellow Palestinians speaks volumes.
Every Democrat party statement of "de-escalation" or "ceasefire" is a set up to blame Israel for any retaliatory response. They are instructions for the media to follow. The sticky note over Israel in Rashida Tlaib's office was not an accident.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 8, 2023
Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib’s new congressional office. pic.twitter.com/mwyshIog4r
— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) January 3, 2019
Meet your new anti-Israel members of Congress:
“I personally support the BDS movement." — Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)
"Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." — Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pic.twitter.com/69nDwADquL
— Joshua Robbin Marks (@JoshMarks78) January 4, 2019
Relatedly, the Democratic Socialists of America – of which AOC and most of her Squad comrades are members – are holding a rally today at 1 p.m. in a show of “solidarity” with the Palestinian people:
The political party’s New York City chapter on Saturday announced its “All Out for Palestine” demonstration as rockets rained down on Israel from Hamas terrorists. The assault on the Jewish state, which included attacks on dozens of Israeli cities and towns, has left at least 250 dead and more than 1,400 wounded.
Included in the Democratic Socialists of America are all four members of the left-wing “Squad”—Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Cori Bush (Mo.), and Ilhan Omar (Minn.)—as well as fellow Reps. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.) and Greg Casar (Texas). None of their offices responded to a request for comment. Both Bowman and Ocasio-Cortez are members of the organization’s New York chapter. Rep. Summer Lee (D., Pa.) left the party in 2021.
🗣️🗣️🗣️ Tomorrow, October 8, at 1PM. Times Square.
In solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to resist 75 years of occupation and apartheid.
🇵🇸FREE PALESTINE! https://t.co/1N67nS56GZ
— NYC-DSA 🌹 (@nycDSA) October 7, 2023
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