As the three-day battle between Israelis and Hamas militants continues, an American activist has challenged the pleas for a ceasefire by Squad Democrats.
On Monday, Lizzy Savetsky told Dana Perino of FOX News that the Squad member’s sudden calls for “peace” are very offensive.
She said she felt individuals currently advocating for a ceasefire by Israel should seriously evaluate their moral compass, given that we are discussing the predicament of women who have been raped in public. Savetsky said the photos are upsetting because they make her think of the Holocaust. To suggest that Israel deserves this treatment is ludicrous.
Savetsky departed Israel at the onset of the assaults when she was there celebrating the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah.
Her condemnation followed similar statements made by fellow Squad members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Saturday in which they condemned the attacks and called for a truce.
While Cortez condemned Hamas, she also said that violence will not stop the regional occupation and oppression, nor should any child or family have to go through what they have. She went on to say that an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation are desperately needed to save lives.
Meanwhile, Omar also took to X (previously Twitter) to express her outrage at the murder and hostage-taking of innocent Israeli civilians, including children, women, and the elderly, by Hamas. But she also called for no retaliation, saying we must not allow the cycle of violence that we have witnessed to continue if this kind of thing is going to happen. She said it’s time for us to call for a ceasefire and de-escalation, and she shall keep working to promote justice and nonviolence in that part of the world.
Massachusetts Democrat Ayanna Pressley and Missouri Democrat Cori Bush both called for a halt to hostilities.
Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said she is saddened by the loss of life yesterday, today, and every day, the statement read, whether it be Palestinian or Israeli. This tragic cycle of violence will persist as long as our government sends billions in unconditional funds to support the apartheid administration.
Savetsky countered pleas for a ceasefire from some Squad members by arguing that the civilian population murdered were innocent.
Reports indicate that rocket assaults by Hamas militants in civilian areas have resulted in at least 800 deaths and countless injuries in Israel. Hostages, including Israelis, have reportedly been abducted.
On Saturday, the Israeli cabinet declared war for the first time since the Yom Kippur Warof 1973.