Schakowsky Statement on the Ongoing Violence in the Middle East

May 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement today:

“I am horrified by the ongoing violent escalation in Gaza and Israel. We have now seen nearly 500 rockets fired indiscriminately at Israeli cities, sending civilians running for their lives. Israel has legitimately responded with retaliatory strikes in Gaza.  At least 30 Palestinians and 3 Israelis, including children have been killed, and hundreds more have been wounded in this painfully familiar cycle of violence. This cannot stand. I urge the United States to act swiftly to de-escalate the situation and negotiate a permanent ceasefire.

“Earlier this week, I was deeply disturbed by the intended evictions of Palestinian families – some of whom have been in their homes for decades. The Biden Administration, through its National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, has also conveyed its concern over the evictions. I continue to urge the Administration to remain heavily involved in addressing the root causes of this violence, including the ongoing evictions, displacement, and occupation, as it works to secure a ceasefire. 

“The violence must end now, and we must work to enable a dialogue that can lead to a just, safe, and secure future for both Israelis and Palestinians.”