Israel fires artillery into Gaza, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

Yolanda Curtis
May 14, 2021

Three Muslim lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives released a joint statement characterizing the violence Monday as "attacks on Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan".

Israel fired artillery and mounted more air strikes on Friday against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip amid constant rocket fire deep into Israel's commercial center. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and André Carson (D-Ind.). A pregnant woman, Reema Telbani and her child were killed by an Israeli attack on their home. Everyone, regardless of their faith, deserves refuge and peace in their places of worship.

"The president and many other figures this week stated that Israel has a right to self-defense and this is a sentiment that is echoed across this body".

"One of the things I've seen thus far is that there has not been a significant overreaction [by Israel]", Biden said, when asked at a press conference whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was doing enough to prevent an escalation.

Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly condemned Israel's attacks on Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem and its bid to evict Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrar neighbourhood of East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers.

The three members of Congress called this potential court action a direct violation of worldwide law, the Geneva Convention and basic human rights.

Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern section as a capital of a future state.

The United Nations said the Security Council would meet on Sunday to address the conflict, while the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was "deeply concerned about the violence in the streets of Israel".

"Once again we are seeing how the irresponsible actions of government-allied right-wing extremists in Jerusalem can escalate quickly into a devastating war", Sanders wrote on Twitter.

Mellman dismissed this, saying that their views do not represent the majority of Democrats. As comments from members of Congress rolled in, AIPAC retweeted its own tweets and statements.

"Innocent citizens are being attacked by terrorist organisations, the heart is heavy and the images hard, but we can not allow ourselves to be drawn into provocations and aggressions", he said.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups have confirmed 20 deaths in their ranks, though Israel says that number is much higher. "These brazen acts threaten the safety & security of Israelis & Palestinians", wrote Sen.

"When our friends are under attack, we stand with them", wrote Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.).

"Equating massive Hamas attacks on Israeli citizens to Israeli efforts to target Hamas militants (with prior civilian warning) is reckless and irresponsible".

"We've unequivocally called on all leaders to take immediate steps to halt violence, to maintain restraint, and to restore calm", she said from Washington DC. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

The Palestinian faction Hamas, which governs Gaza, launched rockets towards Israel.

He called for both sides to end provocation, including calling for evictions and demolitions to end.

Weeks of violent clashes in East Jerusalem have ignited the heaviest fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. "It must stop immediately". "The cost of war in Gaza is devastating & is being paid by ordinary people". Israel's missile defences have intercepted 90 percent of the rockets. "Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas", DeSantis told reporters Wednesday.

He reiterated the administration's stance that "there is a fundamental difference between a terror group Hamas indiscriminately targeting civilians and Israel that's defending itself in going after those attacking it", but added that the United States is "deeply concerned with the loss of life among civilians, especially among children".

She also said that Israel had the right to defend itself in the face of these attacks, adding that the investment from the United States into Israel's Iron Dome system was saving lives.

Mr Gantz, appearing alongside him despite their political rivalry - both are now trying to muster majority support to head a government in Israel's deadlocked Knesset - said: "There are lots of targets lined up".

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