Here’s a shock: another anti-Israel Democrat running for office.
A Democrat running for Congress in Pennsylvania wrote in 2002 that Israel was guilty of terrorism, accusing the Jewish state of targeting innocent civilians.
Conor Lamb, who is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, was responding to a pro-Israel ad placed in the University of Pennsylvania paper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. On the paper’s website, Lamb wrote:
It was disheartening to see the add (sic) in the DP the other day which read, “Wherever we stand, we stand with Israel.” To explicitly guarantee support of a government under any condition is a narrow judgment. Just the other day, the Israeli Government launched an attack on innocent civilians in Gaza, citing them as “armed terrorists.” Among the dead were a 14 year-old boy and woman in her late 40s. The army intentionally fired on a medical facility treating the over 100 wounded. There is no doubt that both sides of this conflict have committed wrongs, but if this latest attack is not terrorism, I don’t know what is.
As The Washington Free Beacon notes:
The comments by Lamb came during the spate of suicide bombings and other attacks on Israel by Palestinian terrorists during the Second Intifada. Lamb appears to be referencing in his comments a September 25, 2002, raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on Gaza City aimed at destroying 13 facilities where materials used to make rockets were manufactured, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The Beacon adds that the Israeli action also targeted “the home of a Hamas terrorist responsible for a March 2002 attack that killed 5 students and wounded more than 20.”
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commander informed The Jerusalem Post, “From the moment we entered and throughout the entire operation, we had to deal with bombs detonated against our troops on the routes, armed and daring terrorists who got close to the soldiers and opened fire, anti-tank fire, grenades, and armed Palestinians who shot from a distance. Those hit by us were not innocent civilians but were intent on harming us … (soldiers were) severely restricted throughout the mission in order to prevent civilians from being harmed.”
The Gatestone Institute noted that by order of Hamas, medical authorities in Gaza report all deaths, even of natural causes, as caused by the IDF.
Unsurprisingly, Lamb has been endorsed by the organization J Street, which has unstintingly slammed Israel and praised the Palestinians.