Congresswoman Maloney Statement on the Situation in Israel and Gaza

May 13, 2021
Press Release

“The current situation in Israel and Gaza is untenable and unacceptable and every life is valuable. Too many lives have been lost – including Israeli and Palestinian children – and we need to restore calm.


“On May 10, after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors at Al Aqsa Mosque, Hamas began indiscriminately firing hundreds of unguided munitions from Gaza into Israeli residential areas with Israel responding with targeted airstrikes. No one should be subject to an onslaught of rocket fire, and Israel has a right to defend herself and her people. I unequivocally condemn these attacks launched by Hamas and grieve for the innocent people who have lost their lives in this recent escalation.


“It is thanks to the Iron Dome that more lives have not been lost and I remain a strong supporter of security aid for Israel. I also believe that this aid must be used as intended by the 2018 MOU and only for security purposes. I remain unreservedly supportive of and committed to a two-state solution and humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.


“The United States must fully engage with Israel, the Palestinians, and our allies in the region to stop this violence. As the Biden Administration works to fulfill its commitment to reengage with the Palestinians, we must rely on existing relationships to address the current situation and avoid any further escalation.


“I am also deeply disturbed to see antisemitic attacks and calls for antisemitic demonstrations in New York, across the country, and around the world spurred by the conflict in Israel and Gaza. We cannot and must not stand idly by whenever and wherever we see instances of hate.”