Members of the group of uber-leftist, progressive U.S. House Democratic lawmakers affectionately known as “The Squad” by their liberal enablers in the U.S. media have really outdone themselves lately. They have gone all-in in making themselves the anti-Israel attack brigade as acts of violence against Jews are on the rise in America during what was nearly two weeks of rocket attacks between Hamas terrorists and Israel.
And now some of these congresswomen’s fellow Democrats in the House are calling them out and accusing them of making statements that are “antisemitic at their core” and contributing to the “climate” of hate against Jews, CNN reported Wednesday.
With antisemitic verbal and physical attacks spiking around the world and in the U.S. — from Vienna and London to Los Angeles and New York City to the offices of CNN — the ongoing smears and rhetoric against Israel coming from Democratic members of the Squad and ringing through the halls of Congress have done nothing but increase tensions in the country.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an “ethno-nationalist” on the House floor and took to Twitter to accuse Israel of war crimes and “acts of terorism.”
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) declared that Palestinian “babies, children and their parents” were “being massacred” by Israel.
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) famously described Israel as an “apartheid state.”
- Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) accused Israel of ongoing “ethnic cleansing” and demanded the U.S. government “stop funding the apartheid status quo.”
Four House Democrats — Reps. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Kathy Manning (N.C.), and Dean Phillips (Minn.) — have had enough of the Squad’s antics.
In a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to prioritize combatting antisemitism in the U.S., the four Democrats called out the anti-Israel, anti-Jew rhetoric they’ve been hearing among fellow lawmakers.
After first alluding to recent Holocaust-related comments made by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), the quartet lit into the Squad — though without naming them:
We also reject comments from Members of Congress accusing Israel of being an “apartheid state” and committing “act[s] of terrorism.” These statements are antisemitic at their core and contribute to a climate that is hostile to many Jews. We must never forget that less than eighty years ago, within the lifetime of our parents and grandparents, six million people were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust because they were Jews. Israel has long provided the Jewish people with a homeland in which they can be safe after facing long centuries of persecution.
The lawmakers went on to remind the president that history shows that “when this type of violence and inflammatory rhetoric goes unaddressed, it can fuel increasing hatred and violence.”
Their letter included a clear hint to the Squad: “Antisemitism is wrong, and it deserves to be unequivocally condemned by all.”
However, as HotAir’s Ed Morrissey pointed out, some observers were none too impressed by the fact that no one in the Squad was called out by name. But at least “the rift over The Squad’s hateful rhetoric is now out in the open,” Morrissey noted.
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