Pingree Condemns Hamas Terrorists, Releases Emergency Information for Americans in Israel
Washington, October 11, 2023
Following the brutal massacre by Hamas terrorists in Israel, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement:
On October 7, Hamas unleashed the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust and it should weigh on all Americans. Hamas’s savage genocide, rape, and hostage taking of Jews, including children and the elderly, is barbaric beyond words. Make no mistake: Hamas is a murderous terrorist group funded by Iran, a proudly antisemitic theocracy. I condemn these terrorists in the strongest possible terms.
We cannot turn our backs on the Israeli people. The United States has a responsibility to provide aid to Israel, the only Democracy in the Middle East. But that support must be predicated on preserving humanity and not on perpetuating greater cycles of violence. While protecting the Israeli people, we in Congress cannot ignore or forget the misery that will be visited upon the Palestinian people in Gaza by a widescale war. Many Palestinians are political hostages of Hamas’s violent fanaticism and will be harmed because of what Hamas terrorists have done. We must ensure both Israeli and Palestinian civilians are protected as we support Israel’s fight to defeat Hamas.
Pingree’s office stands ready to assist U.S. citizens and their families during the ongoing conflict in Israel. Click here for importance resources and information from the State Department.