Jewish activists accused highly effective Democrats within the New York congressional delegation of cowering to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and different leftist House members of the “Squad” by failing to forcefully rise up for Israel throughout its combat with Hamas within the Gaza strip.
“Chuck Schumer? Who?,” a annoyed Michael Nussbaum, president of the Queens Council of Jewish Organizations, stated sarcastically of the highly effective Senate majority leader who represents New York.
“I’m surprised and disappointed. Members of the New York congressional delegation who have a lot of sway have not spoken out forcefully to defend Israel, and they have not denounced AOC or corrected her,” stated Nussbaum.
Ocasio-Cortez and different Squad members together with Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilham Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) launched a resolution Wednesday to halt the President Biden-approved sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel.
“At a time when so many, including President Biden, support a ceasefire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence,” AOC stated of Israel’s prime minister in a press release.
Israel has come below assault by a barrage of rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip during the last week, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blare throughout Israel’s cities.
The Iron Dome protection system has been intercepting lots of the rockets, with the streaks of a number of interceptor missiles lighting up the sky over Israel.
In return, Israel’s navy jets have dropped a rain of bombs within the Gaza strip to destroy 7.5 miles of Hamas tunnels whereas focusing on different terror websites to cease the assaults on the Jewish State.
Amid the destruction and lives killed, Ocasio-Cortez, in a tweet clearly aimed at Israel, stated, “Apartheid states are not democracies.”
Nussbaum and different activists are seething that the New York pols who declare to be pro-Israel have been quiet and meek, giving Israel critics like AOC a leg up within the conflict of public opinion.
He argued they’re afraid of repercussions from AOC and the left in the event that they converse up.
“A lot of Democrats are afraid of the AOC contingent. They’re sacrificing their principles to avoid primaries,” Nussbaum stated.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, govt vp of the New York Board of Rabbis, echoed the frustration that Israel’s loud critics are drowning out supporters.
“I want to see them and hear them. I don’t see them,” Potasnik stated of pro-Israel Democratic lawmakers “The other side has no problem in voicing their opinion.”
New York congressional members pushed again towards the criticism, saying they’ve spoken up.
Schumer signed onto a press release calling for a cease-fire that stated Israel has the “right to defend itself,” a spokesman for the senator stated.
Manhattan Rep. Caroline Maloney additionally took challenge with being accused of low-keying her help for Israel, with a spokesperson forwarding three tweets she issued over the previous week.
“This is terrorism. Rocket fire is never the answer,” Maloney said on May 10.
On May 13, she tweeted, “Israel has the right to defend itself. Now, we must work to stop the violence.”
Maloney additionally stated Tuesday that Hamas “has been exploiting this situation and endangering lives” whereas calling for a ceasefire.