Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), an outspoken critic of Israel, broke her silence on the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel, which have killed at least 600 Israelis and prompted Israel to officially declare war for the first time since 1973, casting blame on Israel and the United States government for the violence and calling for the dismantling of the Israeli state.
Tlaib’s office released a statement to the Detroit News on Sunday, over 24 hours after Hamas launched thousands of rockets into southern Israel.
“I grieve the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day. I am determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights, and human dignity,” Tlaib began. “The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance.
“The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. No person, no child anywhere should have to suffer or live in fear of violence. We cannot ignore the humanity in each other,” she continued, turning to the U.S. government. “As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”
Tlaib has previously claimed that Israel has committed violence and “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians, writing on social media in May, “Speaker McCarthy wants to rewrite history but the apartheid state of Israel was born out of violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians … 75 years later, the Nakba continues to this day.”
Fellow squad members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have also been heavily critical of Israel in the past and on Saturday called for a “ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas.
Israel’s security cabinet declared war on Saturday night in an official capacity, the first time since the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Hamas terrorists launched a surprised barrage of thousands of rockets into southern Israel in the evening, killing 600 Israelis and wounded at least 2,000 more.
Additionally, Hamas terrorists have reportedly taken both Israeli soldiers and citizens hostage, and sickening footage posted to social media has seen them parade the bodies of civilians around to cheers of “allahu akbar,” Arabic for “god is great.”
In response, Israeli forces have launched retaliatory strikes against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, striking 426 targets and leveling residential buildings to the ground. The Israeli military also traded fire with Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group in the north. This has raised concerns of a broader conflict.
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