Why Do So Many Americans Condemn Israel?
Christian Headlines - The conflict between Israel and Hamas intensified yesterday. An airstrike launched from within the Gaza Strip killed two workers in southern Israel, while protests in the West Bank turned deadly. The fighting is being described as the worst since 2014.
In response, a group of twenty Republican senators is pushing for a vote this week on a resolution that expresses support for Israel. On the other side, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that “the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on al-Aqsa” were “what precipitated this cycle of violence.” However, she makes no reference to the fact that Hamas fired the rockets to which Israel responded. She and others have castigated Israel as an “oppressive regime” which is responsible for the cycle of violence.
In a similar vein, thousands of protesters have gathered across the US in recent days to support Palestinians and call for sanctions against Israel. A Jewish journalist who attended one such rally in Seattle was assaulted by a woman who hit him with a Palestinian flag. A Jewish counterprotester was attacked as well; his Israeli flag was stolen, stomped on, and burned.
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