Violence in Israel and Gaza over the weekend drew a response from controversial freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), but it backfired on her as conservatives reacted to her “troubling” reaction.
There was violence between Israel and Gaza over the weekend — which has since seen a cease-fire as of early Monday — as nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza to Israel, resulting in the death of 23 people in Gaza and four Israelis, as NBC News reported.
This is insane!
Dots below represent towns / cities hit in Israel today alone. Name me one country that would tolerate this wanton madness? pic.twitter.com/R8dxVyDydH
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 5, 2019
Watch these Palestinians cheer as missiles are lobbed into Israel.
The Jewish people are under attack from everywhere. The NY Times, anti Semitic members of Congress, and hostile nations!
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) May 5, 2019
Omar — who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and previously found herself under fire for remarks that many found to be anti-Semitic — reacted to the violence by seemingly siding with Gaza’s Hamas militant group, which is seen as a terrorist group by the U.S. and European Union.
“How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?” Omar tweeted in response to the attack. “The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”
How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?
The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 5, 2019
Omar’s latest controversial remark has many right-leaning individuals up in arms.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley asked Omar “what should be done about Hamas” in response.
“They are the ones behind all of this,” she added.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 6, 2019
Very interesting that @NikkiHaley – unlike most everyone else on the right – understood that the rockets in @IlhanMN's tweet are Hamas rockets, not Israeli rockets, breaking through the all too human tendency to misread opponents in the most uncharitable way possible. https://t.co/jce8aTj9gI
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) May 6, 2019
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also weighed in on the “deeply troubling” point reached “where no one is shocked when sitting members of congress […] side with Hamas terrorists over Israel. His tweet was retweeted by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
It’s deeply troubling that we’ve reached the point where no one is shocked when sitting members of congress, like @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib, side with Hamas terrorists over Israel. By remaining silent, democrat leadership & presidential candidates are endorsing this insanity. https://t.co/A8STX8WqLf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 6, 2019
Rep. Liz Cheney (R- Wyo.) slammed Omar by pointing out that “Hamas controls Gaza,” that “Hamas is firing rockets at civilians in Israel,” and that Omar “is defending Hamas.”
“Real question is how many times will @IlhanMN rush to the defense of terrorists?” Cheney asked.
1. Hamas controls Gaza.
2. Hamas is firing rockets at civilians in Israel. 3. @IlhanMN is defending Hamas. Real question is how many times will @IlhanMN rush to the defense of terrorists? https://t.co/mrKQBz1TDa
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 5, 2019
Other individuals took a swipe at Omar’s comments on the weekend’s violence overseas:
The Democratic Party has embraced and publicized the anti-Semitism of Omar and Tlaib. Now would be the time for decent Democrats to speak out before they become the new Labour Party. https://t.co/MW5ttoGT6o
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 5, 2019
Gaza is occupied by Hamas, not Israel. Hamas is funded by Iran and works against the interest of Palestinians. It terrorizes the Gaza population and shoots rockets into civilian areas of Israel. You seem to be an apologist for Hamas. Hope I’m wrong. #SaveGazaFromHamas
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) May 6, 2019
Hi @IlhanMN, just thought this may be of interest for you, as someone who represents to care about peace in Middle East.
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 4, 2019
Haley called on “every presidential candidate” to weigh in on the attack.
“Imagine if 600 rockets had been fired into the US or any other country besides Israel,” she wrote. “What country would not defend itself?”
“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday in response to the violence.
….To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2019
“We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens,” he wrote. “To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!”