Two members of the far-left House of Representatives Squad are expressing their strong disapproval of Israel’s forceful response to the Hamas attack. They are highlighting an airstrike on a hospital and attributing responsibility to the Israeli nation for deliberately targeting the facility in its counteroffensive. These two individuals are urging for an immediate cessation of hostilities to halt what they perceive as a vengeful loss of life.
Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan have both voiced their discontent with President Joe Biden for not intervening before Israel reacted to the devastating Hamas assault. They both utilized X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, to critique the President and call for action to put an end to the casualties on both sides.
Omar asserted that the Israel Defense Force destroyed the hospital, resulting in a minimum of 500 civilian fatalities, and labeled this act as a violation of international law. Tlaib emphasized her Muslim and Palestinian background, emphasizing that she, along with those who feel connected to this conflict, would not forget the President’s reaction.
Representative Cori Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, echoed the feelings expressed by her fellow Squad members. However, she directed her attention toward her congressional colleagues, urging them to take action to bring an end to the ongoing war. On October 16, she introduced a resolution for an immediate cease-fire, citing that the conflict has led to more than 1,400 Israeli and 4,000 Palestinian fatalities. The proposal highlights that targeting civilians, regardless of their background, violates international humanitarian law, emphasizing the sanctity of all human life. It calls upon the House to unite in encouraging the Biden administration to terminate the violence and provide humanitarian assistance to Gaza.
Israeli authorities maintain that Palestinians were responsible for the destruction of their own hospital in an unsuccessful rocket launch. They cite the nature of the property damage, which lacks any indications of a deliberate strike that would typically result in a crater at the point of impact had it been a bombing. The United States aligns with Israel’s position, concurring that it was Palestine, not Israel, that caused the explosion at the hospital.