Thanedar Makes Call To “Eliminate” Hamas
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Shri Thanedar, has removed himself from the membership of the Democratic Socialists of America after the group promoted a pro-Palestinian rally a day after Hamas’ deadly terrorist attack on Israel.
Thanedar cited what he called a “hate-filled and antisemitic rally in New York City,” which other progressives in Congress have also condemned. “After the brutal terrorist attacks on Israel, which included the indiscriminate murder, rape, and kidnapping of innocent men, women, and children, I can no longer associate with an organization unwilling to call out terrorism in all its forms,” Thanedar said in his statement.
“Sunday’s hate-filled and antisemitic rally in New York City, promoted by the NYC-DSA, makes it impossible for me to continue my affiliation,” he added. “I stand with Israel and its right to defend itself. There is no place for moral equivocation in the face of unadulterated evil as we have seen from Hamas.”
On October 23, speaking at an event in support of Israel at the US Capitol Hill on October 23, he was equally unequivocal about his stance.
“Hamas is not a militant organization. Hamas is not a resistance movement; they are just barbaric terrorists. This is a time when we just can’t just push them because they will regroup and come back and do these atrocities once again. Yes, that’s what they will do. So, you know, we need at this stage to eliminate them. Eliminate the space of this, you know, we need to dismantle their military operations,” Thanedar said.
Thanedar said, “We need to free the Palestinian people, the two million Palestinian people that live in Gaza. They need to be freed from these terrorist controls of Gaza. So that addition is what I feel. Now there is a lot of talk about ceasefire, but I feel that it’s premature, these Hamas terrorists have used the civilians.”
HinduACTion and Namaste Shalom Multi-faith Alliance organized the Congressional briefing in support of Israel and against rising anti-Hindu bigotry and antisemitism in the US and Canada.
Meanwhile, Nissim Reuben, Program Director of Indian-Jewish Relations at the American Jewish Committee, said at a Congressional briefing in support of Israel that India is the only country with no history of antisemitism.
He also expressed solidarity with Israel in its fight against the terrorist group Hamas.
He further expressed gratitude that the Indian American diaspora, the global Indian diaspora, the people of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Indian government have solidly supported Israel in its ongoing war with Hamas.