Israel-Gaza violence: Rashida Tlaib tearful as she addresses US Congress

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    Members of the US Congress have responded as hostilities in Israel and Gaza entered a fifth day with no sign of abating.

    Rep Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American congresswoman, who has been critical of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, questioned the US government’s “unconditional support” for Israel and, often tearing up as she spoke, accused Israel of being an “apartheid state”.

    Earlier in the day Joe Biden said there had “not been a significant overreaction” by Israel to the Hamas rocket attacks and Reps Ted Deutch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke in the House in support of Israel’s “right to defend her citizens”. Meanwhile Rep Ilhan Omar said: “Instead of condemning blatant crimes against humanity and human rights abuses, many members of Congress have instead fallen back on a blanket statement defending Israel’s airstrikes against civilians under the guise of self-defense.”

    A total of 103 people, including at least 27 children, have been killed in Gaza, according to the health ministry. In Israel, seven people, including two children, have been killed.

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