Conservative and members of House GOP leadership criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib criticizes New York Times for framing of Israeli-Palestinian conflict More than three million people over the age of 60 still struggling to pay off student loan debts: report Omar fires back at Pence for saying she ‘doesn’t know what she’s talking about’ MORE (D-Minn.) over a tweet in which she lamented the violence in Gaza over the weekend.
“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 Sunday night, amid a burst of violence over the weekend that left close to two dozen Palestinians and four Israelis dead.
“The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable,” she continued. “Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”
Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza reached a cease-fire on Monday morning, according to multiple reports.
Conservatives seized on Omar’s comments to suggest the congresswoman was voicing support for Hamas, a Palestinian group behind hundreds of rockets fired over the weekend.
Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMike Enzi announces he’ll retire from Senate after 2020 Cheney’s advice to daughter: ‘Don’t screw it up’ Rep. Cheney: Socialism ‘driving the agenda of the Democratic Party’ MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, tweeted that Omar “is defending Hamas.”
“Real question is how many times will @IlhanMN rush to the defense of terrorists?” she tweeted, a message that was retweeted by House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill’s Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies Trump’s pursuit of infrastructure deal hits GOP roadblock Top Republicans break with Trump on public-private for infrastructure MORE (R-La.).
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
Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCNN’s Jake Tapper: Trump’s claims that campaign ‘rebuffed’ Russian outreach are ‘a lie’ Hillicon Valley: Facebook nears settlement with FTC | Lawmakers push bill restricting border agency from selling data | Ocasio-Cortez backs Warren plan to break up tech giants Trump Jr accuses Facebook of ‘taking their censorship campaign to the next level’ MORE called Omar’s tweet “deeply troubling” and accused Democratic leaders of “endorsing this insanity” by not rebuking the freshman congresswoman.
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
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump’s pick for UN envoy sent to Senate for confirmation On The Money: Fed holds rates steady as economy strengthens | Trump requests .5 billion more for border crisis | Dems seek unity on spending bills | Moore looks to save Fed bid Nikki Haley joins Boeing board MORE said she agreed with Omar’s tweet, and asked, “What should be done about Hamas?”
Omar later retweeted a message responding to Haley that indicated the congresswoman was referring to “Hamas rockets, not Israeli rockets” in her tweet condemning the violence.
— 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
Omar’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Omar and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump to Palestinians in Gaza: ‘End the violence and work towards peace’ Tlaib criticizes New York Times for framing of Israeli-Palestinian conflict Dems see GOP effort to drive them to impeach Trump MORE (D-Mich.) became the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last November. Since then, they have been the subject of intense criticism from conservatives over their views on Israel and pro-Israel American groups.
Omar said she received an increase in death threats after President TrumpDonald John TrumpKamala Harris: Barr ‘lied to Congress’ Trump to Palestinians in Gaza: ‘End the violence and work towards peace’ O’Rourke: Mueller report affirmed need for impeachment against Trump MORE tweeted a video that spliced together some of her comments about anti-Muslim sentiment with footage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.