Sires: Hamas ‘is a terrorist organization that imperils the lives of both Palestinian & Israeli civilians’


U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) is condemning the attacks in Israel by Hamas, stating they are “a terrorist organization that imperils the lives of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians when it initiates violence.”

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I condemn the attacks by Hamas on Israel in the strongest possible terms. It is a terrorist organization that imperils the lives of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians when it initiates violence,” Sires said in a statement this afternoon.

“Israel should take the necessary action to prevent further attacks from Hamas, and the United States must continue its efforts supporting the Jewish people, whose freedom and humanity have long been rejected. I remain committed to supporting the security of Israel and innocent people on both sides of the conflict. I recognize that the only path forward for long-term peace and stability in the region is a two-state solution.”

Sires continued that Israel, that every other nation, has the right to self-defense, but precautions should be taken to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties.

“As the civilian death toll climbs, I implore the political and military leaders of Israel and Palestine to cease their rapidly escalating attacks and use diplomatic negotiations to end this violence,” he concluded.

House Democrats are currently split on how to handle the military crisis, as the New York Post reported, with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeting that Israeli airstrikes in Gaza “is an act of terrorism.”

The progressive wing of the party has a view more consistent with Omar’s, while President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) have taken a stance similar to that of Sires.

“One of the things that I have seen, thus far, is that there has not been a significant overreaction. The question is, how we get to a point where — they get to a point where there is a significant reduction in the attacks, particularly the rocket attacks that are indiscriminately fired into population centers,” Biden said earlier today, according to CNN.

Additionally, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) tweeted that “government-allied right wing extremists in Jerusalem” could cause this situation to turn into a full-scale war.

The Associated Press reported that 122 people have been killed in Gaza, including 31 children, with 900 wounded to date.

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  1. Bernie Sanders, an actual Jewish man, is absolutely right. He and others in the progressive wing are the future of the democratic party as more and more youth come of voting age and the older more conservative generation becomes increasingly irrelevant. This narrow-sighted ignorant statement by Sires is exactly the kind of thing we expect our right-leaning democrats in NJ to say. It’s also why someone like Trump got elected and likely someone worse will come next.

    Palestinians are the ones defending themselves here against brutal senseless racist attacks by Israel. Gaza is an open air prison. Israel runs an apartheid state and history will judge those on the wrong side in this humanitarian crisis. I recommend you all hear and read unbiased reporting being done on this issue by both mainstream and independent outlets. Its complicated yes but this incredibly one-sided dumbed down statement shows this politician has special interest paying for these statements. He does not represent NJ, he represents his donors.

    Jews have a right to their state but so do the Palestinians who were there long before as well. Both deserve to live in peace, but reports show Israel has often times been the one to instigate with senseless aggression. They need to coexist.

    Even here in America with our race war and culture war, until we face our demons are just accept them, we will be in perpetual conflict. COEXIST. LIFE IS PRECIOUS IN ALL FORMS.

  2. Does the end justify the means? Mr. Quesada, isn’t Hamas targeting civilians when they launch rockets? Extremist Arabs wants to kill Jews because they come from a different religion who directly oppose many of Arab’s views. Don’t Israel have a right to defend? Yes Gaza is an open air prison but whose fault is it? Arab terrorist used woman and children to target civilians targets with the purpose of terrorizing. Terrorist organization such as Hamas fueled by Iran money and weapons are the ones to blame that peaceful Arabs and Jews have to live in terror. Congressman Sires is right!