Former U.S. congressman Justin Amash revealed a tragic loss, stating that several of his relatives met their untimely demise due to an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
“I was really worried about this,” Amash wrote on X. “With great sadness, I have now confirmed that several of my relatives (including Viola and Yara pictured here) were killed at Saint Porphyrius Orthodox Church in Gaza, where they had been sheltering, when part of the complex was destroyed as the result of an Israeli airstrike. Give rest, O Lord, to their souls, and may their memories be eternal.”
He further elaborated on the plight of the Palestinian Christian community, expressing his deep sorrow.
“The Palestinian Christian community has endured so much. Our family is hurting badly. May God watch over all Christians in Gaza—and all Israelis and Palestinians who are suffering, whatever their religion or creed,” Amash added.
Amash entered Congress as a Republican in 2011 and became a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus shortly thereafter. However, Amash frequently staked out a unique position in his party, both because of his libertarian leanings and his skepticism of the Republican foreign policy consensus. In 2019, Amash was the sole vote against a congressional bill to enhance the role of the U.S. antisemitism monitor.
Amash switched his party affiliation to Libertarian in 2019. He briefly considered pursuing the libertarian nomination for the U.S. presidency in 2020 but ultimately decided against running. That same year, Amash declined to run for reelection to Congress for another term, and his tenure in the legislature ended in January of 2021.
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