Hillary condemns Hamas rape as heat gets turned up on Jayapal

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added her voice to decry Hamas’s use of “rape as a weapon of war” one congresswoman’s “unacceptable” take earned a White House rebuke.

“There can be no justifications and no excuses.”

Since the Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) only bolstered use of the term “Hamas caucus” with the positions they and their colleagues had taken regarding the jihadists. Sunday, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) had heaped on with her “balanced” take on “outrages against Palestinians,” a point Clinton seemed to directly oppose Monday during an address to the United Nations.

Appearing remotely for the session on sexual and gender-based violence, a clip of the secretary was shared by former U.N. speech writer Aviva Klompas.

“As you well know, many women and girls were attacked brutally by Hamas on Oct. 7. And they have testified to the gender-based violence that they both experienced and witnessed,” said Clinton. “As a global community, we must respond to weaponized sexual violence wherever it happens with absolute condemnation. There can be no justification and no excuses. Rape as a weapon of war is a crime against humanity.”

During her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jayapal had told host Dana Bash when asked about the subject, “We have to be balanced about bringing in the outrages against Palestinians. Fifteen thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes, three-quarters of whom are women and children.”

“And it’s horrible. But you don’t see Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women,” remarked Bash.

In response, the lawmaker expressed, “I don’t want this to be the hierarchy of oppressions.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked to speak to Jayapal’s take and the spokesperson answered on behalf of President Joe Biden when she said, “What Hamas did is absolutely reprehensible. And full stop. We’re going to continue to be clear about that.”

“And we think about, you know, rape and the use of rape as being used as a — as a weapon — that is also reprehensible. And that’s full stop. And I’ll just leave it there. And I’m speaking for the president of the United States,” the press secretary asserted.

“I think I’ve been very clear on that,” Jean-Pierre went on as the report sought a specific message on Jayapal. “I just commented on it. I just laid out what we believe is unacceptable.”

Adding to the takes against the Washington congresswoman, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell (D) told CNN’s Kasie Hunt in an interview, “I’m going to talk to Pramila. I have a call into her…I’m going to just speak for myself on this subject, and I’m raw on this subject because of the hate that I have had directed at me for speaking the truth.”

Dingell had spoke to the backlash she had faced from terrorist sympathizers and said, “The very first week of this attack after Hamas, I condemned the raping of women and said that no one could condone it, and Palestinian men went after me — called me a liar, demanded I retracted it. I got doxxed over the subject. I have spent the last seven weeks researching the raping of women that has occurred in the [Middle East]. It is outrageous. I condemn it.”

“I will speak the truth, and I don’t care who it is,” the Michigan legislator added of her intended remarks to Jayapal. “But rape is an act of violence and it becomes too often a tool in any act of war, and as women everywhere, we must stand up for women everywhere.”

Meanwhile, others continued to pile on against the seemingly pro-Hamas congresswoman and her peers.

Kevin Haggerty

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