Conservatives slam Omar over tweet on Gaza violence

Conservative and members of House GOP leadership criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Trump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort 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 CheneyLiz Cheney calls Ayanna Pressley's comments at Netroots Nation 'racist' Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Cheney blasts Ocasio-Cortez over DHS dissolution 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 ScaliseThe four Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's tweets White House abruptly cancels Trump meeting with GOP leaders Capitol Police chief says threats against lawmakers increasing MORE (R-La.). 

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel 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) HaleyAmerican women can have it all State denies report ex-spokeswoman received Fox salary while in administration Trump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket 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 TlaibBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Trump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort 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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE tweeted a video that spliced together some of her comments about anti-Muslim sentiment with footage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.