Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) on Monday vowed to confront her colleague Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) over her comments about Hamas’ use of rape in the Oct. 7 attack.
Mr Jayapal on Sunday insisted that criticism of Hamas for using rape as a weapon of war should be “balanced”, while at the same time criticizing Hamas by claiming that rape only “happens” during wartime. It downplayed the significance of the act and caused anger.
Dingell responded that these comments require an honest conversation.
“I’m going to talk to Pramila. I’m going to call her,” he told CNN. “I am open about this because of the hate directed at me for speaking the truth. I will tell the truth and I don’t care who it is. Rape is an act of violence. It is an act of violence, too often used as a tool in all acts of war.”
What on earth happened to Dingell? Shortly after the Hamas attack, she denounced the use of rape by terrorist organizations that led to public attacks, according to the Michigan Democratic Party.
“Palestinian men came after me, called me a liar and demanded that I recant. This exposed me. For the past seven weeks, I have been investigating the rape of women in the Middle East. “It’s outrageous. I condemn it,” she said.
Additionally, Dingell did something the White House refused to do.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre I was asked this on Monday The Biden administration believes Jayapal’s comments were “appropriate.” Although Jean-Pierre condemned Hamas, he flatly refused to comment on the validity of Jayapal’s statements.
Record of violence by Hamas committed against a woman extensive. But Palestinian apologists avoid acknowledging it or condemning it outright. For example, UN Women, the United Nations agency tasked with protecting the rights of women and girls, condemned Hamas attack.
In response to Jayapal’s comments, Dingell and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida) said: Plan to submit a resolution In particular, Hamas is accused of sexual violence against women.
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