Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) took to Twitter hours after a fatal blast rocked a hospital in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to accuse Israel of being at fault.
She immediately posted on X that Israel had attacked the Baptist Hospital, killing 500 Palestinians, without bothering to verify the allegations.
She went on to criticize President Joe Biden, saying, “Your war” and destruction-only strategy has awakened her eyes and the eyes of many Palestinian and Muslim Americans who share her perspective. They’ll never forget where Biden stood.
She then used the account of an “influencer” to support her claim.
A later report shows the bombing blasted the hospital courtyard, not the hospital itself.
Reports show Tlaib has long been an outspoken opponent of Israel, but her criticisms go beyond superficial policy differences.
Now she’s getting flak from Democrats and Republicans alike. She was urged to clarify her misleading statements. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke out against the post from the Senate’s floor, comparing the article’s rhetoric to that of false comments we’ve heard from Hamas and various other groups that wish to sow violence and hatred in the area.
Democrats in the House, such as Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), all made similar posts on social media.
The official U.S. stance, as articulated by President Joe Biden in a conversation with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, is that Islamic Jihad militants and their sponsors were responsible for the calamity, notwithstanding alternative assertions from the left.
According to Biden, the strike was likely carried out by “the other team,” meaning not by Israeli forces. The terrorist organization Hamas only brought misery to the people of Gaza, the West Bank, and beyond.
Israeli military officials have published what they claim is audio of terrorists’ reactions after learning that they were responsible for an attack on a hospital.
A meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and President Joe Biden was canceled on Wednesday after the devastating bomb, which purportedly killed several hundred people, prompted indignation.