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    Palestinian woman walks at a school that was damaged by Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 May 2019

"The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace."

U.S. congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Sunday about the latest episode of violence in Gaza that resulted in several people killed, including many children.

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"How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends? The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace," the congresswoman from Minnesota tweeted. 

Omar has faced heavy criticism from many members of congress, including  U.S. President Donald Trump. over her ardent stance on justice for Palestinians. 

She has been accused by the right-wing in the United States of being anti-Semitic for her stance on Palestine and criticism of the American-Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC).

Omar was not the only U.S. congresswoman to condemn the recent violence in Gaza and the actions of the Israeli forces, Rep. Rashida Tlaib heavily criticized the title of a New York Times article that labeled the Palestinian forces as 'militants'. Tlaib tweeted,"When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine#"

Like Omar, Tlaib has been outspoken about the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, as she herself is of Palestinian descent. ​​​​​​​

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