Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) is calling out his colleagues in “The Squad” and their allied organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), for supporting terrorism — as the groups have been openly supporting Palestinian terror group Hamas in the aftermath of their terrorist attack on Israel.
The attack, which began early Saturday, left more than 700 people dead — including at least nine Americans. Thousands of Israelis were also injured, and Hamas reportedly took roughly 100 hostages — which may include Americans.
The New York City chapter of the DSA organized a pro-Hamas rally in Times Square over the weekend, where supporters of Palestinian terrorism can be heard cheering about the murder of Israeli civilians. The protesters even blamed Israel for the attacks.
At a Hamas celebration rally outside the @IsraelinNewYork consulate, a speaker recounts the deadly Islamist attacks on the music festival in southern Israel that killed hundreds of civilians. The crowd cheers. pic.twitter.com/Qlzkd9ugvh
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) October 9, 2023
The far-left members of Congress known colloquially as “The Squad” also suggested that Israel was responsible for the terrorist attacks against it — claiming that Israel was an “apartheid” state and arguing that the country has no right to defend itself.
On Saturday night, “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) released a statement saying “violations of human rights do not justify more violations of human rights” — while calling for an end to the “U.S. government support for Israel military occupation and apartheid.”
My statement on the ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/NIt9G7aLMI
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) October 8, 2023
Another “Squad” member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), released a statement on Sunday essentially advocating for the end of Israel, which began: “I am determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights, and human dignity.”
“The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance,” the Palestinian congresswoman wrote, adding: “The failure to recognize the violent reality of living under siege, occupation, and apartheid makes no one safer. No person, no child anywhere should have to suffer or live in fear of violence.”
Torres responded to his Democrat colleagues in a statement.
“Shame on anyone who glorifies as ‘resistance’ the largest single-day mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust,” he wrote.
.@RepRitchie responds to comments from Reps. Bush and Tlaib on the situation in Israel. "Shame on anyone who glorifies as “resistance” the largest single-day mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust. It is reprehensible and repulsive."
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/KP0L1eAnNU
— Marc Rod (@marcrod97) October 8, 2023
He also responded to the DSA rally, declaring that the demonstration had revealed the group “for what it truly is — a deep rot of antisemitism.”
“The DSA held a hate rally, chanting: ‘from the River to the Sea,’ which is code for wiping Israel from the face of the earth,” Torres wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Let that sink in. The DSA is calling for the destruction of the Jewish State amid the largest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. When it comes to the butchering and kidnapping of Israeli civilians and children, the DSA leadership has no shame. No decency. No humanity. Only hate. I have been warning for years about the deep rot of antisemitism at the core of the DSA and its enablers. There’s no denying it anymore.”
The DSA held a hate rally, chanting: “from the River to the Sea,” which is code for wiping Israel from the face of the earth.
Let that sink in. The DSA is calling for the destruction of the Jewish State amid the largest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. When…
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) October 8, 2023
Torres also responded to a letter signed by many Harvard University student organizations that blamed the Israeli government for the terrorist attacks and expressed support for Hamas.
“Israel is the victim of a terrorist attack. Hamas is the perpetrator. It’s as simple as that. There are no ‘both sides,’” Torres wrote in the post on X.
“Yet here you have 30+ student organizations from Harvard University, blaming the victims, Israelis… rather than blaming the perpetrator, Hamas,” he continued.
Israel is the victim of a terrorist attack. Hamas is the perpetrator. It’s as simple as that. There are no “both sides.”
Yet here you have 30+ student organizations from Harvard University, blaming the victims, Israelis, for their own murder, rape, and abduction, rather than… pic.twitter.com/uePk86oAQa
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) October 9, 2023