Several members of the “Squad,” a group of progressive House Democrats known for their criticism of Israel, faced backlash from conservatives online for their responses to Hamas’ attack on Israel.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the “Squad,” did not comment on the attack on Israel, and her office did not respond to inquiries.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) called for a “ceasefire and de-escalation” in response to the attack, condemning Hamas’ actions. She faced criticism from some conservatives, with Rep. Nancy Mace referring to her as a “Hamas apologist.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned the violence and called for a ceasefire, but some critics accused her of not acknowledging attacks on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Rep. Ayanna Pressley expressed concern about the attacks and called for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman condemned Hamas’ attack and called for an end to the Gaza blockade. Critics argued that he should not have included criticism of Israel.
Rep. Cori Bush mourned the loss of lives on both sides and called for a ceasefire, but she also called for an end to U.S. support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid. Critics accused her of equating Israeli military actions with Palestinian terrorist attacks.
The responses from these “Squad” members sparked online debate and criticism from conservatives amid the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas.