- Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday called out President Biden over the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
- “Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes,” she wrote on X, tagging Biden.
- Tlaib has said in recent days that the administration has not enough to protect Palestinian Americans.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for his response to the Israel-Hamas war after a hospital in the war-torn Gaza Strip was hit by airstrikes and reportedly killed at least 500 Palestinians.
Tlaib, a Palestinian American and one of the most progressive members in the US House, took to X and called out Biden — who’s normally a political ally of the Michigan Democrat — after the Palestinian health ministry said that an Israeli airstrike had devastated the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital.
The strike could be the deadliest blast so far in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that. @POTUS this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate,” she wrote.
“Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many Palestinian Americans and Muslims Americans like me,” she continued. “We will remember where you stood.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Tlaib criticized both Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, arguing that they were not looking out for Palestinian Americans.
“It is @POTUS’ and @SecBlinken’s job to protect ALL Americans. They are failing,” she wrote on X. “From the beginning, they did not make moves to protect Palestinian Americans.”
Tlaib then mentioned a constituent in her district, who said he was “heartbroken” at the US response to the conflict as he felt that the country “has abandoned him and his family.”
“For days, the Biden Administration ignored our office’s questions about what the @StateDept was doing to evacuate Americans in Gaza,” she continued. “Now it may be too late. Palestinians deserve to live. We must do everything we can to bring ALL families home safely.”
Israeli military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told The Associated Press there were no further details on the hospital strike.
“We will get the details and update the public,” he said. “I don’t know to say whether it was an Israeli air strike.”
The US government has been a staunch ally of Israel for generations, and Biden’s stance is no different.
The president during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday forcefully stated that Hamas should be eradicated.
In the same interview, he expressed support for “a path to a Palestinian state.”
The criticism from Tlaib and many of the party’s more progressive members threatens to create divisions within the Democratic caucus, as the party for years has overwhelmingly backed aid for Israel.
But with the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel earlier this month having created a volatile political situation both in the Middle East and in the US, tempers are continuing to flare over the continued conflict.