“Hamas is not the Palestinian people and the Palestinian people are not Hamas,” read the group’s letter.
Dozens of House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to pressure Israel into taking steps to limit harm to Palestinian civilians trapped and struggling to flee their increasingly ravaged homes in the northern Gaza Strip.
The 55 members of Congress took care in their letter to condemn Hamas’ brutal attack that left more than 1,200 in Israel dead, calling it the “worst perpetration of violence inflicted on the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”
The group outlined five specific priorities for the Biden administration, emphasizing international laws on warfare, the swift facilitation of humanitarian aid and the importance of denouncing hate on either side of the conflict.
Signees include several of the House’s prominent progressives, such as Reps. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), who have been vilified by conservative media and threatened with physical harm for their vocal support of Palestinians. Two other such members, Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), did not add their signatures.