Squad dodges questions on Hamas' brutal murders of Israelis, calls for ceasefire

"How many more Palestinians would make you happy if they die? Will you be fine if all of the people in Gaza were gone?"

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Hannah Nightingale Washington DC
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During a Friday press conference outside the Capitol Building, Rep Ilhan Omar yelled at a reporter after being asked why Israeli forces shouldn’t go after Hamas terrorists.

The reporter first asked Rep Ayanna Pressley about a comment from fellow Rep Ritchie Torres, who said that calling for a ceasefire in Israel is a dangerous double standard, asking, "if this attack happened in America, would you be calling for a ceasefire as well?"

"Vengeance is not a foreign policy doctrine," Pressley responded. "We’re here to save lives: Israelis, Palestinians, Americans."

As Pressley asked the crowd for more questions, the reporter stated that she had a follow up.

"A question from anyone else?" Pressley stated, as the reporter launched into her next question, which Pressley tried to avoid.

"Why don’t you want Israelis to go after terrorists that burned, tortured, killed their babies and children and still have them hostage? Why don’t you want the Israelis to go after the terrorists that did that?"

Yelling from behind Pressley, Omar said, "How many more killings is enough for you?"

"Is it 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 more? How many more Palestinians would make you happy if they die? Will you be fine if all of the people in Gaza were gone? Would that make you happy? Would that be the thing that makes you proud? 

"And maybe that’s the question you should ask Ritchie, is he okay? How many more Palestinian lives is he comfortable with, because I’m not comfortable with any more."

On October 7, hours after Hamas terrorists had invaded Israel and killed and captured people, Omar called for a ceasefire,s tating on X, "We need to call for deescalation and ceasefire. I will keep advocating for peace and justice throughout the Middle East."

"I condemn the horrific acts we are seeing unfold today in Israel against children, women, the elderly, and the unarmed people who are being slaughtered and taken hostage by Hamas. Such senseless violence will only repeat the back and forth cycle we've seen, which we cannot allow to continue."

Omar was recently criticized for sharing a photo that she claimed was on "genocide in Palestine," which was later revealed to be a photo from Syria.

Omar reposted a post that claimed the dead children depicted were part of "614 Palestinian children murdered by the Israeli IOF Forces."

A community note was added on X stating that the picture was from a 2013 sarin gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, and not from Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists.

Omar, along with fellow Squad members, was criticized by Biden Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who made anti-Israel posts to social media following the terror attacks.

"I've seen some of those statements this weekend, and we're going to continue to be very clear. We believe they're wrong, we believe they're repugnant, and we believe they're disgraceful."

"Our condemnation belongs squarely with terrorists who have brutally murdered, raped, kidnapped hundreds, hundreds of Israelis. There can be no equivocation about that. There are not two sides here. There are not two sides.”

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