Pelosi, AOC’s Comments On Airstrikes In Gaza And Israel Underscores Divide Among Democrats

Pelosi, AOC’s Comments On Airstrikes In Gaza And Israel Underscores Divide Among Democrats

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday condemned the “indiscriminate” rocket attacks by Hamas against Israel, and said Tel Aviv has the right to “defend herself against this assault.” 

“Every civilian death is a tragedy that we mourn,” she said in a statement. “Hamas’s accelerating violence only risks killing more civilians, including innocent Palestinians.”

Pelosi appeared to assign some blame to both sides for the initial escalation, and said, “recent inflammatory provocations including extremist forces in Jerusalem have exacerbated the situation, and restraint must be shown by all to de-escalate the crisis.”

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., blamed Israel for its retaliatory airstrikes that left at least 10 Palestinian children dead. 

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Ocasio-Cortez called out fellow Democrat and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang for having planned to attend a since-canceled Islamic event in the city after he put out a statement of support for Israel. 

“Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “But then to try that in Astoria? During Ramadan?! They will let you know.”

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and Yang had planned to attend a related grocery distribution in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

Yang told reporters Tuesday the organizers of the

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