Israel-Hamas conflict divides Minnesota Democrats
May 18, 2021
WASHINGTON - Surging violence and death as Israel carries out airstrikes against Hamas in Gaza City is highlighting a split between Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation over thorny questions inflamed by the conflict.
Two Minnesota Democrats, U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Ilhan Omar, have been prominent congressional defenders of Palestinian human rights, and both urged the Biden Administration Monday to take a harder line against Israel's government.
"Dozens of innocent Palestinian children, women, and families have been killed," McCollum wrote on Twitter Monday. "Civilian casualties are not acceptable. The Biden administration must be stronger in calling for an immediate end to this violence."