The Squad Aren’t Just Indifferent to Idea of Dead Jews, But Also Dead Palestinian Arabs

Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Earlier this week, the Hamas Squad in Congress intercepted some Iron Dome legislation:

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to pull her latest version of a bill to keep the federal government funded that had been updated to include $1 billion for Iron Dome.

Squad Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush, along with fellow progressives Betty McCollum and Pramila Jayapal, warned House leadership that they would not have their votes if the bill proceeded with the extra $1 billion, according to Congressional aides. This was evidently enough to convince Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to advance the continuing resolution without the aid for Israel.

There will be a separate bill introduced to fund the Iron Dome, but we already know it will be the same old shit by the same old (and young) shits.

This follows squad member Ocasio-Cortez introducing an amendment to the US defense budget bill which would suspend the transfer to Israel of $735 million worth of Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) – kits that convert unguided bombs into precision-guided munitions.

One needs not give too much thought to the nature of the weaponry to understand why this demonstrates how Rashida, Alexandria, Ilhan, and company at best are indifferent to the idea of dead Jews, at worst are working towards it.

The Iron Dome is a purely defensive system, which intercepts rockets from the likes of Hamas aimed at population centers with millions of people. No palestinian was ever killed by the Iron Dome (although plenty have been killed by those rockets fired at Israel).

As for JDAM, taking away precision-guided munitions would hamper our ability to strike terror targets like the rocket-launching sites.

But more than this, voting against both the Iron Dome and JDAM shows the Squad don’t really care about Arab lives either. The Iron Dome has saved countless lives of Jewish and non-Jewish Israeli civilians alike – including of Arabs. Without the Iron Dome, tens of thousands (if not more) would have been killed by Gazan rockets, necessitating a harsher Israeli response, which would no doubt lead to the loss of more palestinian Arab life.

The same goes for JDAM;

Without a doubt, the use of extremely precise weapons is a great technological achievement but is also an operational requirement in light of the conditions of warfare against an enemy in a crowded civilian environment. It brought about a drastic decline in the amount of non-combatant casualties (between 100 and 200 during “Guardian of the Walls”, as opposed to more than 1,400 as a result of a similar number of attacks during all of “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014)   

Perhaps someone needs to tell the Squad that peace has a better chance of coming when they will love the palestinian Arab children more than they hate us.

Update: Even Ha’aretz gets it! (hat tip: Uri)

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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