Conservatives slam Omar over tweet on Gaza violence

Conservative and members of House GOP leadership criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarKrystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (D-Minn.) over a tweet in which she lamented the violence in Gaza over the weekend.

"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 tweeted Sunday night, amid a burst of violence over the weekend that left close to two dozen Palestinians and four Israelis dead.

"The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable," she continued. "Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace."

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Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza reached a cease-fire on Monday morning, according to multiple reports.

Conservatives seized on Omar's comments to suggest the congresswoman was voicing support for Hamas, a Palestinian group behind hundreds of rockets fired over the weekend.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House Foreign Affairs leaders introduce Turkey sanctions bill Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, tweeted that Omar "is defending Hamas."

"Real question is how many times will @IlhanMN rush to the defense of terrorists?" she tweeted, a message that was retweeted by House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Kinzinger challenges Trump's defense chief on Syria in closed-door meeting MORE (R-La.). 

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Donald Trump Jr. hits back at critics over hypocrisy claims Kentucky governor's race tied: poll MORE called Omar's tweet "deeply troubling" and accused Democratic leaders of "endorsing this insanity" by not rebuking the freshman congresswoman.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPoll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble Tulsi Gabbard rips Trump's Syria decision: 'Kurds are now paying the price' MORE said she agreed with Omar's tweet, and asked, "What should be done about Hamas?"

Omar later retweeted a message responding to Haley that indicated the congresswoman was referring to "Hamas rockets, not Israeli rockets" in her tweet condemning the violence.

Omar's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Omar and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (D-Mich.) became the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last November. Since then, they have been the subject of intense criticism from conservatives over their views on Israel and pro-Israel American groups.

Omar said she received an increase in death threats after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE tweeted a video that spliced together some of her comments about anti-Muslim sentiment with footage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.