Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Is raising funds for the backlash she has received for her latest anti-Israel comments as violence between Israel and Hamas escalates.
Omar’s campaign kicked off a Facebook fundraiser on Wednesday after criticism from Republican politicians such as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who said Omar was acting as a “press secretary for Hamas” because she accused Israel of having committed “acts of terrorism”.
“A whole radical right-wing group – from Ted Cruz to Donald Trump – is angry with Ilhan for highlighting the violence against the Palestinian people during the holy month of Ramadan,” reads a sponsored Facebook ad from his campaign .
“Will you donate $ 5, $ 10 or $ 20 now to support her campaign? Ilhan will never give up her work for a more peaceful world. It is through your support that she is able to express here the issue of human rights violations at home and abroad. “
Omar has come under scrutiny in the past for a series of anti-Israel comments, which led the House to pass a resolution condemning “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of sectarianism”.
The outspoken member of “Squad” is not the only one to condemn Israel.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., fired back after President Biden’s statement on the current violence, saying he gave little context to the situation and “sided with the occupation.” Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Said on Monday that Israel “promotes racism and dehumanization” as part of an “apartheid system” that discriminates against Palestinians.
Other leading Democrats, including Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, have said Israel has the right to defend itself by responding to rocket fire from Hamas.
Other Democratic politicians such as New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang have been criticized for siding with Israel. “I am with the people of Israel who are being bombarded and I condemn the Hamas terrorists,” Yang tweeted.
Yang later returned to his comments following the backlash from the progressives.
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Nearly 70 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip and seven in Israel since Hamas launched the first rocket attacks against Israel.
The violence erupted after Israeli police used brutal tactics during Ramadan a month ago and threatened to evict Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. The incidents led to clashes with the police and Hamas began launching rockets on Monday.
Omar’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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