The radical Democrats in the House known as “The Squad,” led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, have blamed America for the attacks by Hamas on Israel. This is scary behavior for anyone in Congress, but is also predictable for the group which has become known for its radical attacks on America. Christopher Wilson reports on The Squad’s outrageous claims, writing:
“For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement Wednesday.
“At a time when so many, including President Biden, support a ceasefire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence.”
Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent and has family in the region, said in her own statement, “Approving this sale now, while failing to even try to use it as leverage for a ceasefire, sends a clear message to the world — the U.S. is not interested in peace, and does not care about the human rights and lives of Palestinians.” Tlaib spoke with Biden at a Detroit-area airport on Tuesday during his trip to the state.
According to the congresswoman’s office, Tlaib told the president, “Palestinian human rights are not a bargaining chip and must be protected, not negotiated.”
Biden addressed Tlaib during his remarks in Michigan after the conversation, saying that he admired her and was praying for her grandmother, a resident of the West Bank.
“You’re a fighter,” he said of Tlaib. “And, God, thank you for being a fighter.”
According to the Post report, most of the sale was of “Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs — kits that transform so-called ‘dumb’ bombs into precision-guided missiles.” The resolution to block the sale is also being introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., former co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It has six additional sponsors, all Democrats.
The fighting between Hamas and Israel has put the Biden administration in an awkward position, with progressives in the party criticizing U.S. support for the Israelis and Republicans insisting that Democrats are tacitly supporting Hamas.
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P.S. The sponsors and initial co-sponsors of the resolution to ban arms sales to Israel are:
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
- Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)
- Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)
- Rep. Betty McCollum(D-MI)
- Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
- Rep. Ilhan Omar(D-MN)
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal(D-WA)
- Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
And Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has offered a similar resolution in the Senate.
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