New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang condemned Hamas terrorists for attacking Israel and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called him “utterly shameful” in response.
Yang, an entrepreneur and former presidential candidate, tweeted his support for the Israeli people “who are coming under bombardment attacks” on Monday.
“The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere,” he added.
One person of NYC that did not always stand with Israel was Ocasio-Cortez who was offended that Yang would offer his support to Israelis while he was scheduled to hand out groceries to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, their religious season.
“Utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
Yang told reporters that the organizers of the event asked him to cancel his appearance.
Hamas fired numerous rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip after violence erupted between Palestinian protesters and police in Jerusalem. The Israelis retaliated with airstrikes on military targets in the Gaza. Palestinians have reported that as many as 20 people died in the airstrikes, including some children.
On Tuesday violence spilled into the streets of several Israeli cities where Palestinians and their supporters attacked Jews, their homes and their businesses. The mayor of the town of Lod said the attacks were similar of those on Kristallnacht, when Jews were attacked in Nazi Germany.
Skirmishes between the supporters of Israel and those of the Palestinian cause erupted in New York City as well.
Here’s more about the expanding conflict in Israel:
Hamas fires more than 45 rockets at Israel