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Rep. Rashida Tlaib refuses to condemn rape and sexual violence committed by Hamas

Far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was the only lawmaker to decline Wednesday to vote on a resolution accusing Hamas leaders of rape and sexual violence against members of the terrorist organization. was. The huge attack that took place in Israel on October 7th.

The House passed it 418-0. resolutionThe group, led by Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida), calls on other countries to criminalize rape and sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable, and also calls on international organizations to call out “barbaric” acts. We are calling for clear condemnation.

A spokesperson for Mr. Tlaib did not respond to a request for comment.

Far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was the only lawmaker to decline Wednesday to vote on a resolution accusing Hamas leaders of rape and sexual violence against members of the terrorist organization. was. Attack on Israel on October 7th. Getty Images

Hamas killed more than 1,200 people during the attack, including 33 Americans, and took another 240 hostages back to the Gaza Strip.

Many of the murdered women victims were also subjected to rape and sexual violence, the resolution said, calling the heinous acts “weapons of war to terrorize and subvert people around the world.” .

Eyewitness accounts, photographic evidence and a forensic unit have confirmed the horrific details of a female victim of gang rape and genital mutilation at the Nova music festival in Reims on October 7th.

Hamas killed more than 1,200 men, women, and children during the attack, including 33 Americans, and took another 240 people back to the Gaza Strip as hostages.

Medical unit and mortuary staff examined the bodies and found they had sustained trauma, some with shattered pelvises.

Freed Israeli hostages have reported being sexually assaulted and abused while in captivity.

As the war in Gaza continues, Israeli security forces have obtained confessions from captured Hamas terrorists, alleging that their leaders encouraged them to commit acts of sexual violence.

The Jewish state is also leading an investigation into the matter, with the help of human rights lawyers and criminologists who corroborate the reports.

Many of the murdered women victims had also been raped and sexually assaulted, the resolution said, adding that this “weapon of war” has been used “to terrorize and subvert populations around the world.” There is.

Furthermore, international organizations such as the United Nations have criticized the jihadists for being “slow to condemn” their “brutal acts”.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed this accusation in an interview with CNN in December, calling the sexual attack “unlike anything we’ve ever seen before” and saying, “It’s very difficult for international organizations to focus on this.” “It was late,” he said.

“The atrocities we witnessed on October 7 are almost indescribable and beyond our ability to digest,” Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Furthermore, international organizations such as the United Nations have criticized the jihadists for being “slow to condemn” their “brutal acts”. Vuku Valcic/ZUMA Presswire/SplashNews.com

“And we’ve talked about them before, but the sexual violence that we saw on October 7th is also beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”

The resolution also affirms support for a subsequent independent investigation into the matter. This was Mr. Tlaib’s request after the bombing of Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, where he disputed the findings of Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies that it was carried out by terrorists.

In November, the House of Representatives accused Tlaib of “defending Hamas’s brutal rapes, murders, beheadings, and kidnappings (including of Americans) as legitimate ‘resistance'” within 24 hours of the attack.

In November, the House of Representatives accused Tlaib of “defending Hamas’s brutal rapes, murders, beheadings, and kidnappings, including of Americans, as legitimate ‘resistance'” within 24 hours of the attack. Vuku Valčić/ZUMA Presswire)/SplashNews.com

Only 22 Democrats voted in favor of the Republican-led resolution.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American and member of the progressive group Squad, was accused of promoting a “false narrative” about the war on his social media accounts, posting the phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” I was reprimanded for it.

The phrase is frequently chanted at anti-Israel protests and is widely understood as a call for Israel’s eradication, and was later used in a resolution of censure following the deadliest day on record for Jews. It notes that she has “doubled down” on that claim. Holocaust.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) also said in December last year, when asked about the silence of progressives in the face of news reports, that she wanted more on both sides of the Israel-Hamas war. He was criticized for saying that “balanced” criticism was needed. About rape and sexual violence. Getty Images

In response, Tlaib called the phrase “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, and hatred.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) also said in December last year, when asked about the silence of progressives in the face of news reports, that she wanted more on both sides of the Israel-Hamas war. He was criticized for saying that “balanced” criticism was needed. About rape and sexual violence.

“I said rape is a horrible thing and I think rape is a horrible thing. Sexual assault is horrible. I think it happens in war situations, terrorist organizations like Hamas… We obviously use these as tools,” Jayapal said.

“But I think there has to be a balance in bringing about violence against Palestinians,” she added, noting the rising death toll of 15,000 Palestinians in Gaza.

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