Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar says some protestors 'felt terrorized by the presence of tanks,' National Guard Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality MORE (D-Minn.) weighed in on the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip after escalation this weekend, with both Palestinian militants and Israeli military forces trading rocket fire.

Omar, who in 2018 became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, appeared to criticize Israel for its continued presence in the Gaza Strip, saying that "only real justice" could bring peace to the region.

“The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable,” Omar tweeted Sunday. “Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”


A violent flare-up between the two sides over the weekend brought increased scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers to the international conflict.

“How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?” Omar asked.


In a Sunday night tweet, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE commented on the situation, pointing at the Palestinians and asking them to "work toward peace."

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens,” Trump tweeted. “To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace - it can happen!”

Freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Mich.) weighed in on the conflict over the weekend as well, criticizing The New York Times for its "framing" of the conflict.

Omar has frequently criticized Israel for its role in the ongoing conflict and has also called out members of the Democratic Party for their support of Israel.

Previous comments from Omar have been criticized as anti-Semitic, prompting the House to pass an anti-hate resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.