Four congressional representatives with socialist leanings remained conspicuously silent in the aftermath of a pro-Hamas rally organized by the New York City Democratic Socialists (NYC DSA) in Times Square. This rally occurred shortly after a series of devastating terrorist attacks in Israel, resulting in the tragic loss of hundreds of lives, including many women and children.
Despite multiple attempts to seek their response, Representatives Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Greg Casar, and Shri Thanedar chose not to comment on the NYC DSA’s rally. The attacks carried out by Hamas in Israel led to a staggering death toll of over 900 individuals, with dozens abducted and over 5,000 rockets launched into the country, as reported by the Israeli Defense Forces.
During the NYC DSA rally, participants burned an Israeli flag while proudly displaying Palestinian flags. This rally took place just one day after the Hamas terrorist assault on Israel, as detailed by The New York Post.
In contrast, Democratic Representatives Jamaal Bowman and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refrained from responding to inquiries from the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). Still, they publicly condemned the New York City Democratic Socialist rally.
It’s worth noting that the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) organization openly supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates for the withdrawal of U.S. support for Israel. The DSA stands in solidarity with Palestine’s struggle against apartheid, colonialism, and military occupation while endorsing the BDS movement, as outlined on its official website.
Several prominent New York Democratic officials, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, and Representative Hakeem Jefferies voiced their disapproval of the rally.
Although Shri Thanedar did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment, he issued a statement condemning the Hamas terrorist attacks. In his view, he affirmed America’s unwavering support for Israel. He endorsed its right to self-defense, emphasizing the need for Congress to stand firmly behind Israel until the threat is addressed and security is restored.