‘I stand with Israel’: GOP sticks up posters at Capitol in message to ‘Hamas Caucus’ and Squad members who say the Hamas ceasefire is NOT enough and ‘we need accountability for war crimes’
- Rep. Tim Waltz and other GOP lawmakers plastered pro Israel signs outside their congressional offices
- GOP source said it was to get the attention of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Fellow ‘squad’ member Rep. Rashida Tlaib said the cease fire is insufficient and won’t end inequality amid Israel’s ‘apartheid government’
Republican lawmakers who share a hallway with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have placed ‘Stand with Israel’ posters outside their congressional offices in a bid to get the attention of the outspoken ‘squad’ member.
The posters, which went up before Israel and Hamas reached a cease fire Thursday, went up with the New York Democratic lawmaker in mind.
‘Our allies, our most critical ally in the Middle East, Israel, is being attacked by Iranian-backed terrorists. launching rockets at Israeli civilians while hiding behind their own civilians,’ said Rep. Michael Walz (R-Fla.) in a video he tweeted out May 14th.
Republicans placed pro-Israel signs outside their congressional offices in what a Republican said was a bid to get the attention of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
He spoke as he slapped a ‘Stand with Israel’ poster outside his office.
‘We stand with israel and i want everyone to know it. I’m putting up this sign today next to my congressional office. We’re not going to let a couple of progressive left voices stand between us and our Israeli allies,’ he said.
A GOP source told Fox News Waltz put up the sign ‘to ensure that Ocasio-Cortez would see it every time she left her office to go vote.’
In comments to the neetwork, Waltz appeared to link his hallmate to a movement the U.S. government classifies as a terrorist group.
‘It’s absolutely astonishing that we have members of Congress attempting to equate Israel’s right to defend itself to the terrorist attacks being orchestrated by Iran-backed Hamas,’ he said. ‘Americans need to hold firm in reminding our country that we stand with our strongest ally in the Middle East and remind the newly formed Hamas Caucus that these fringe views will not be accepted in Congress.’
US President Joe Biden speaks with Representative Rashida Taib (D-Mich), and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich)(R), as he arrives at Detroit, Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan on May 18, 2021
Others who got on the bandwagon included GOP Reps. Lisa McClain of Michigan, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Chris Jacobs in New York. All have offices in the same Cannon House Office Building hallway.
Their effort to single out the lawmaker came as left-wing ‘squad’ members called the fragile cease-fire – reached amid private pressure from President Joe Biden – insufficient.
A ceasefire is necessary, but will not alone achieve freedom, justice, and equality for all who live under Israel’s apartheid government,’ tweeted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). ‘The U.S. must condition funding to uphold human rights, and end the funding entirely if those conditions are not met,’ she said.
Also weighing in was Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who in previous days has criticized a plan to provide $735 million in military aid to Israel. Biden has pledged to provide materiel to resupply Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which played a critical role in the 11-day war.
‘We should all be grateful that a ceasefire will prevent more civilians and children from being killed. But now what? We need accountability for every war crime committed. And we need to stop underwriting crimes against humanity while doing nothing to end the occupation,’ said Omar.
Biden met Tuesday on a tarmac in Michigan with Tlaib, whose spokesman said she told him the U.S. couldn’t continue to give Israel billions in military aide while its military ‘bombed schools.’
Asked Friday by DailyMail.com what Biden told her, White House Press Secretary jen Psaki noted that Biden ‘spoke about how impressed he was with Congresswoman Tlaib’ at his Michigna event. ‘So I think he spoke to that already,’ Psaki said.