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Israel Under Attack: Senior Hamas commander killed in targeted IDF strike

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Over the last nearly two days, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists have fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel, hoping to hit civilians. Six people have been killed by the rockets and 200 others are injured in Israel.

Israel responded on Wednesday by targeting key terrorist positions and confirmed the killing of the brigade commander for Gaza City.

Israel’s iron dome missile defense system has intercepted nearly 90% of the rockets. However, a number of rockets bypassed the system as the attacks continued for the second day. The barrage included a Hamas anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which hit the community in Netiv Ha’Asara. It hit a jeep, killing one person and injuring another.

Also, overnight, Khalil Awad, 52, and his daughter Nadin, 16, Arab-Israelis were killed in the city of Lod after a rocket hit their car.

Later on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the death of IDF combat soldier Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib, 21, who was hit by an Anti-Tank missile fired from Gaza.

Riots broke out in Israel when Arab mobs set fire to buildings, cars, looted synagogues, and threw rocks at civilians. In the city of Lod, the situation was so extreme the mayor compared it to the Nazi pogrom “Kristallnacht.”

Palestinian news agencies are reporting that 43 Palestinians have been killed. The IDF has said a number of rockets shot by Hamas and PIJ have landed in Gaza and that the Israeli army is sending alerts to Palestinian civilians before striking targets.

The IDF has been carrying out targeted strikes in Gaza as threats continue. They’ve killed a number of Hamas and PIJ terrorists chiefs as part of what has been dubbed “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with local leaders and security officials on Wednesday evening.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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