FMEP Legislative Round-Up: May 13, 2022


1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

New from FMEP:

  • FMEP webinar 5/12/22: The Weaponization of Israel/Palestine in US Elections Campaigns, ft. Rania Batrice (Organizer, communications and legislative strategist, mediator, and advisor to elected officials, candidates, and non-profits both domestic and around the globe) & Peter Beinart (Newmark J-School and CUNY Graduate Center; editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, MSNBC political commentator, and fellow at the FMEP) in conversation with Lara Friedman (FMEP).

Note: In the FMEP webinar on linked above, Lara Friedman opened with this statement:

“I want to take a moment to acknowledge that Palestinians around the world are in mourning today. Yesterday Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while doing her job, reporting the news from the West Bank, by what multiple eyewitnesses have attested unequivocally was an intentional shot by an IDF soldier. Sherene was one of Palestine’s greatest reporters. She dedicated herself to journalism in order to tell Palestinians’ stories and raise their voices through her work at Al Jazeera. She appeared in Palestinian homes and homes across the Arabic speaking world. And here I want to quote a friend of ours, writer and analyst Tariq Baconi, who wrote Sherene was a “brilliant woman who reported truth to power. She was a model journalist for a whole generation of Palestinians, particularly those of us who grew up in exile, unable to return.” Speaking as someone who’s followed Israel/Palestine issues for years, speaking as the foundation, we are familiar with the pattern of the Israeli Government and Israeli military, engaging in denial, deflection, gaslighting, blaming Palestinians for their own deaths, like the Israeli government official who yesterday described Palestinian journalists as being “armed with cameras,”  implying, it sounded like, that Palestinian journalism is a form of terrorism, and Palestinian journalists are by extension legitimate targets. We remember, we are watching, we are documenting, and we will continue to use our platform to elevate and center Palestinian voices speaking about the myriad forms of violence that Palestinian suffer under Israeli apartheid. And today especially we want to tell our Palestinian partners, friends, and audience that we share in your sorrow and we stand with you in demanding justice.”

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters

(KSA & UAE – ACT NOW TO EASE ENERGY CRISIS!) H. Res. 1112: Introduced 5/12/22 by Malinkowski (D-NJ) and 5 Democratic cosponsors, “Urging the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to honor their partnership with the United States.” Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. NOTE: The “whereas clauses” of this resolution document US support for Saudi Arabia and UAE dating back to the 1950s. The “resolved” clauses call on the UAE and KSA to, “(1) honor their lasting friendship with the United States; (2) recognize the United States contributions to their security; and (3) work together with the United States in good faith to increase oil production to stabilize energy markets.” Also see Malinowski press release – Representatives Malinowski and Spanberger Call on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Honor Friendship with the U.S. and Help Reduce American Gas Prices. Also see: Malinowski (D-NJ-7) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Saudi Arabia & the UAE are deliberately helping Russia by refusing to increase oil production to meet global demand. Tom & @RepSpanberger are calling on Persian Gulf states to honor our ties, increase oil production & help reduce the cost of American gas. Representatives Malinowski and Spanberger Call on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Honor Friendship with the U.S. and Help Reduce American Gas Prices… |


(DEFENDING REP. LEVIN) Members/former members LTE in the Forward: On 5/11/22, the Forward published a Letter to the Editor signed by 11 current and former members of the House and Senate defending Rep. Levin (D-MI) against recent attacks over Israel-related issues. The letter, headlined, “Members of Congress, including those AIPAC-allied, condemn group’s comments about Rep. Andy Levin” includes a link a 1/30/22 article, Former AIPAC president calls Jewish rep Andy Levin the ‘most corrosive’ on Israel, but just as easily could have linked to headlines this week, like this one in the Jewish Insider – Former ADL chief Foxman endorses Stevens in Michigan, says Levin ‘leaves a lot to be desired’ on Israel, antisemitism. The signers note: It is fair to disagree on and debate policy approaches. But it is out of bounds to malign the only Jewish candidate in this race by impugning Andy’s love for the State of Israel or his community bona fides, which run strong and run deep…As current and former members, we also understand the tremendous courage it takes to stake out a principled position like this. Even more, we understand the fortitude it takes to stick by it in the face of outrageous personal attacks for the sole, cynical aim of dividing the Jewish community. They are taking a page right out of the playbook of those who have sought, unsuccessfully, to drive a wedge between Jews and the Democratic Party. We call on others who share Andy’s and our commitment to Israel’s survival and security as a Jewish and democratic country to reject these divisive and counterproductive attacks on Andy.” The letter was signed by: Former U.S. Senator Al Franken; Former U.S. Representatives Barney Frank, Sam Gejdenson, Paul Hodes, and Mel Levine; current Reps. Cohen (D-TN), Jacobs (D-CA), Lowenthal (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), Raskin (D-MD) and Yarmuth (D-KY). Also see: Levin (D-MI-9) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I believe we can work together to create peace and unity abroad — but the recent attacks on my record and on me are disheartening. I thank all former and current members of Congress for signing onto this open letter and speaking to my commitment to Israel. Letter | Members of Congress, including those AIPAC-allied, condemn group’s comments about Rep. Andy Levin

(TARGETING VOA) Perry letter to HFAC leaders: On 5/10/22, Perry (R-PA) sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to request the Committee formally subpoena the CEO of USAGM [United States Agency for Global Media] and schedule an oversight hearing no later than Thursday July 14, 2022.”  The letter is a follow-up to a Perry-led letter sent back in March 2022 (covered in the 4/1/22 issue of the Round-Up) alleging primarily that the VOA violated its obligation to be non-partisan, but also implying that its Iran coverage is biased. Also see: VOA Misallocates Funds and Suppresses Negative Stories About Iran. This Lawmaker Wants To Investigate. (Washington Free Beacon)


2. Hearings

May 18, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing entitled, “The Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine in the Middle East and North Africa.” No witnesses have been announced as of this writing (1pm EST, 5/6/22).

May 17, 2022: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing entitled, The FY23 Budget Request: USAID’s Foreign Policy and International Development Priorities.” The sole witness will be USAID Administrator Samantha Power.

May 11, 2022: The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the United States Agency for International Development.” The sole witness was USAID Administrator Samantha Power (statement). Also see statement from Chairwoman Lee (D-CA), and video.

May 11, 2022: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing entitled, “Review of the FY 2023 USAID Budget Request.” The sole witness was USAID Administrator Samantha Power (statement). Also see video.

May 11, 2022: The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2023 Department of Defense.” The witnesses were: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (statement), Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer  Michael J. McCord (no written statement), and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley (statement). Also see video.


3. On the Record

Media – General

Jewish Insider 5/12/22: Deutch: Israel opponents are ignoring ‘changing nature of the Middle East’ –     The Florida congressman, who will become the CEO of the American Jewish Committee later this year, made the comments at a gathering of Jewish communal leaders from around the country

Al Arabiya 5/11/22: Biden admin seeks Congress approval for small weapons deal to Turkey: Reuters

Arab American Institute/Jim Zogby 5/9/22: Pro-Israel Groups Trying, but Can’t Stop Change

Jewish Insider 5/9/22: MEPPA board member: Peace act signals shift in U.S. policy on Israeli-Palestinian conflict [“‘We have been bringing senior leaders of Congress to Israel for the last 10 years, traveling through Judea and Samaria, where the resounding and recurring discovery is the importance of a grassroots movement to build a robust economy,’ she said, adding that it was important not to provide separate aid only to the Palestinians, but to make sure that funding went toward shared Palestinian and Israeli projects and businesses. ‘Right now, a  solution [to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] is off the table, so the question is what can we do?’ explained Johnston. ‘The answer, we believe, as do many in the U.S. Congress now, is economic.’ Johnston pointed to the handful of joint industrial zones that dot the West Bank, which her group visited during its weeklong trip, and emphasized how they enabled Israelis and Palestinians to work alongside one another and develop businesses together. She said they were a good model that must be developed further.”  Note: “Joint industrial zones” is a euphemism/deceptive label for settlement industrial zones over which Israeli authorities have full control/authority, and in which these authorities permit Palestinians to operate/work, to varying degrees ]


Media & Members re: Elections


Jewish Insider 5/12/22: Daily Kickoff email [once again] targeting Andy Levin [Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) announced yesterday that he is donating the funds he has received from corporate and industry PACs that have also donated to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results to an abortion rights group, framing the move as a rejection of corporate PAC funding, a day after Jewish Insider revealed he had taken $55,000 from PACs that had also donated to Republicans who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s election. Levin had criticized AIPAC, which is backing his primary opponent Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), and its super PAC for their involvement in Democratic primary races in light of AIPAC’s endorsement of Republicans who voted against election certification. AIPAC accused Levin of ‘hypocrisy and double standards’ for ‘uniquely singl[ing] out America’s pro-Israel PAC for criticism.’ Levin also called on Stevens to reject money from corporate PACs and AIPAC’s PAC. Stevens campaign spokesperson Larkin Parker responded, ‘Let’s be very clear, this swift departure on the part of Mr. Levin is solely because his hypocrisy was called out,’ and went on to criticize Levin for not running in the neighboring 10th Congressional District “[w]ith Roe on the chopping block.” Parker added, ‘The congresswoman’s votes aren’t for sale to anyone — her voting record shows that. She’s absolutely clear about who she fights for and why she ran for Congress.’”]

The Forward 5/10/22: Jewish congressman calls attacks by AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups ‘ridiculous’

Jewish Insider 5/10/22: Former ADL chief Foxman endorses Stevens in Michigan, says Levin ‘leaves a lot to be desired’ on Israel, antisemitism

Jewish Insider 5/10/22: While criticizing Stevens and AIPAC, Levin took $55,500 from PACs supporting GOP non-certifiers [“Each of the groups that has donated to Levin, as well as numerous other corporate PACs and industry groups supporting election deniers, has also funneled funds to Stevens’ campaign. Stevens has taken at least $151,000 from groups on the CREW lists as of the end of 2021. The corporate and industry PAC donations to Levin are also significantly less than the funding that AIPAC has contributed toward Stevens — it has funneled more than $300,000 to Stevens’ campaign via its PAC and given $2,900 from its own coffers — or the millions in outside spending in other races to which Levin had expressed his objection.]

Detroit News 5/10/22: Opinion: Stevens better friend to Israel than Levin – Detroit News


The Forward 5/8/22: He was the head of Christians United for Israel. Now he’s running as a [Republican] Jewish candidate for Congress [“Brog said that he brings a lifetime of dedication and a depth of knowledge to lead on pro-Israel causes. ‘I don’t just want to be a friend of Israel,’ he said. ‘I want to be a leader on Israel and a champion of Israel.’ He said both parties lack people who understand the issues sufficiently and have the ability to get into the details of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so that they can push back against anti-Israel statements and organize their caucuses to defend Israel when needed. ‘We have to be very quick to reach out and broaden our coalition to all people of goodwill who love Israel and hate antisemitism,’ he said. He eyes Ritchie Torres, a first-term progressive congressman from New York who has become a leading voice on Israel, as a potential friend in Congress.’”]


WESA 5/13/22: As Sanders visits, progressives and political establishment clash in 12th Congressional District [“Sanders said Lee would be his ally on a number of crucial issues: raising the minimum wage for workers, raising taxes on the wealthy, making college tuition-free, and dislodging the fossil-fuel industry with renewable energy. And he added that he was ‘here for another reason’ — to push back on a multimillion-dollar ad campaign targeting Lee. The campaign is financed largely by United Democracy Project, which is tied to an advocacy group with a hawkish position on supporting Israel. So far, the so-called ‘super PAC’ reports spending $2.4 million on the race.”]

The Nation 5/13/22: A super PAC is smearing Lee as a threat to the Democratic Party as she campaigns to become the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress. [“the United Democracy Project, which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee launched last December, is making a major play in the Democratic primary in western Pennsylvania’s 12th district. As of May 12, the group had spent $1,816,413 to attack Lee and another $537,285 to prop up her leading rival in the primary, Steve Irwin, according to the money-in-politics tracking group Open Secrets

Mehdi Hassan Show 5/11: Tweet – “AIPAC is funding high-dollar ads opposing PA state lawmaker @SummerForPA & her run for Congress. @mehdirhasan asks, why would the pro-Israel lobby view a lone progressive woman of color as a bigger threat to its interests than 37 GOPers who sided against democracy?

Politico 5/10/22: Senate Republicans decry ‘unsavory’ attacks on Oz’s dual citizenship

Post-Gazette 5/9/22: A smear casts a shadow on the 12th District Congressional race – A shady super PAC goes after Summer Lee with bogus allegations.

Sludge 5/9/22: Pro-Israel Lobby Spends Big to Defeat Progressive Summer Lee

Politico 5/6/22: Mike Pompeo is attacking Mehmet Oz’s Turkish citizenship as a “national security” concern. Importantly: a number of U.S. senators were born abroad.

Jewish Insider 5/9/22: Conor Lamb calls for ‘delicate balance’ on U.S.-Israel relations in Pa. Senate bid  [“The moderate congressman is walking a fine line between ‘maintaining our support’ for Israel, yet criticizing Israeli moves he says jeopardize the two-state solution”]


Jewish Insider 5/9/22: Israel is the only Middle East country the U.S. can fully trust, candidate Wesley Hunt tells AIPAC [“’We’re friendly with everyone — I get it, I understand that — but that Judeo background that this country was founded upon is the only one in that region… And we have enemies, actually all over that region, particularly Iran. And let’s be honest, most of the 9/11 attackers were born in Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden was from Riyadh. And so I learned a lot about what our interests need to be and who we need to be in the business of supporting for the future, because that’s our one true ally in the region…I love the idea of a country that’s willing to defend herself, defend her values — and surrounded by enem[ies] and water. And nevertheless, it’s a blessed land, you are a blessed people. And I admire that so much… think that’s exactly what this country wants to embody is that kind of ethos.’ The congressional hopeful lists “stand[ing] with Israel” as one of his policy priorities on his website, adding, ‘I am committed to supporting our strongest ally and oldest friend in the Middle East.’ He said he plans to work in Congress on ‘finding substantive ways to actually help’ AIPAC on issues like halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions…”]

New York

Jewish Insider 5/10/22: Nassau Republicans are all in on Anthony D’Esposito – The GOP has coalesced around the former NYPD cop as the party’s candidate to flip Kathleen Rice’s congressional seat [“D’Esposito boasted of strong relationships with the local Jewish community and a strong record on Israel, including opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in local government. ‘We were, if not the first, one of the first municipalities to draft anti-BDS laws,’ he said.”]


Jewish Insider 5/11/22: ​​Sydney Kamlager wants to speak ‘truth to toxicity’ in Washington [“…She hopes to see a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the U.S. as an ‘actively engaged ally’ in those conversations. But, she added, ‘at the end of the day, the agreement must be between Israel and the Palestinians. I think self-determination is incredibly important.’ It’s her support for a two-state solution, she said, that colors her opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. ‘I don’t think it does anything to move the needle forward towards a two-state solution, and I don’t think it does anything to advance the continued security of Israel,’ said Kamlager.”]


Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/10/2022: Tweet – “I am honored to have the support from numerous organizations for 2022 to include @OmahaFire385, @OPOA, @NebraskaFOP, @NEFarmBureau, @RJC, @ProIsraelAm, @NRLC, @NRA, @USChamberAction, and @dcrponline. I’d be grateful for your support as well! Please get out and vote #NE02!

Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @tpohpac – “To Protect Our Heritage PAC, oldest and largest bipartisan PAC in the Midwest, advocating for the strengthening of the US Israel relationship, is proud to endorse and support @RepDonBacon #StandWithIsrael #FriendofIsrael

Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/12/2022: In reply to Tweet – “@tpohpac @RepDonBacon Thank you for your endorsement.”

North Carolina

Jewish Insider 5/13/22: Cawthorn suggests cutting all foreign aid [“The extreme proposal — in keeping with an inflammatory social media presence he has cultivated throughout his first term in Congress — raised questions over Cawthorn’s support for continued security assistance to Israel, which he has previously endorsed. Hours later, at least one of his opponents in next Tuesday’s primary…had pounced on the comments. ‘At my core, I’m a fighter. I spent my entire career helping America be the world leader & I want to continue this work in the U.S. House of Representatives,’ Rod Honeycutt, a retired Army colonel, shot back in a social media statement. ‘I will never deny foreign aid to @Israel.’”]

Axios 5/12/22: Durham Democrats duke it out ahead of May 17 primary [“…they differ in one issue that’s come to the forefront in this race: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Foushee’s campaign manager told The Assembly that she supports a two-state solution in the Middle East and believes ‘Israel is a critically important strategic ally.’ Allam, who is Muslim, has previously criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestine and military aid the U.S. gives Israel. Why it matters: Foushee’s stance on the conflict is one reason key Democrats and donors in North Carolina and nationally are supporting her.”]

New Observer 5/9/22: Crypto billionaire and pro-Israel PACs, not the candidates, are top spenders in NC race


The Daily Record 5/12/22: Millions raised in Md. congressional races, but just a couple of real contests [in his race against Donna Edwards, “[Glenn] Ivey… is also backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee political action committee, which gave him more than $158,000 this cycle. Ivey also loaned his campaign $150,000 in February.”]


Washington Post 5/12/22: The Trailer: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’: A wave of PAC money [including, prominently, AIPAC’s PAC, DMFI, etc] buries left-wing Democrats

Sanders (I-VT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “With very few exceptions, @daveweigel being one of them, nobody in the mainstream media is covering the major story of this primary season and that is how billionaires, through AIPAC, are spending millions to defeat progressive candidates. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @jacremes – “AIPAC’s Republican-funded super PAC showering money on insurrectionist Republicans and attacking attacking Democratic candidates who support things that US Jews support, like the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, and democracy in Israel and Palestine. Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “#TheJewishVote is for Medicare for All, Green New Deal, fair wages & working conditions, an end to mass incarceration & criminalization of people of color, and human rights & democracy. But AIPAC is going after candidates who share our values. Take action:  Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @WorkingFamilies – “Groups like AIPAC are spending millions against progressives like: @SummerForPA @RanaForCongress @Britt4Congress @JamaalBowmanNY @NidaAllam @Andy_Levin @JCisnerosTX while also backing Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election. Take action: Take Action – The Jewish Vote

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @danielmarans – “These AIPAC super PAC spending figures are incredible: — >$1.2M for Cuellar in Texas 28 — >$2.3M for Irwin in PA-12 — >$2.3M for Davis in NC-01 — >$2M for Foushee in NC04 Link to quoted tweet

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @sunrisemvmt – “What we’re not going to do is sit back silently while groups like AIPAC & DMFI spend millions against progressive candidates fighting for human rights and a democracy that works for all of us. Take action with @TheJewishVote & @WorkingFamilies


Members on the Record

Killing of Palestinian-American Journalist in West Bank

Times of Israel 5/13/22: US lawmakers slam police rushing casket at funeral of Al Jazeera correspondent

Haaretz 5/12/22: Ambassador Says Rashida Tlaib ‘Undermines Justice’ in Blaming Israel for Journalist’s Death; also see: Israel ‘murdered’ reporter, Rep. Tlaib charges, drawing condemnation from ambassador (Times of Israel)

Business Insider 5/12/22: Ilhan Omar calls for Israel to be held accountable for ‘human rights violations’ over killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Warren (D-MD) 5/13/22: Tweet – “The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the attacks on mourners by Israeli forces at her funeral are deeply disturbing. A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and journalists should not be killed for doing their jobs. We need a full independent investigation.”

Levin (D-MD) 5/13/22: Tweet – “Live coverage of Israeli officers  attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?” Linked to Haaretz article, Clashes With Police Erupt at Palestinian Journalist’s Funeral Procession

Sanders (I-VT) 5/13/22: Tweet — “The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing.”

Markey (D-MA) 5/13/22: Thread – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is a tragedy and there must be a fair, thorough, and transparent investigation. Journalism is not a crime and there must be accountability for her murder. Using violent force against grieving mourners at a funeral is uncalled for and inexcusable. Israeli police must let Palestinians mourn the loss of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh without interference.

Slotkin (D-MI-8) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Journalism is not a crime & neither is attending a funeral. Shireen Abu Akleh was an American citizen performing important work of transparency in a conflict. The Israeli government is responsible for ensuring there is real accountability for her death. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – “My tribute and commentary about the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the pursuit of accountability and Justice for Palestinians. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Apartheid Israel. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @DrHananAshrawi – “The sheer obscenity of #Israeli forces storming a hospital, beating up the mourners, & preventing them from carrying Shireen’s coffin to her final resting place is horrendous. Now they’re surrounding the hearse having separated it from the mourners, who themselves are besieged.”

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is sickening. Violent racism, enabled by $3.8B in unconditional military U.S. funds. For the Israeli apartheid govt, Shireen’s life didn’t matter – and her dehumanization continues after death. @StateDept: condemn this horror or does being Palestinian make you less American? Link to quoted tweet

Van Hollen (D-MD) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Agree. This simply adds trauma on top of a tragedy. Need immediate accountability for these attacks on people mourning the death of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And her killer must be brought to justice. Link to quoted tweet

Pressley (D-MA-7) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces is an attack on journalism and a devastating loss. We must condemn it and ensure accountability and an independent investigation.”

Murphy (D-CT) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “This is awful to watch. I’m traveling in Connecticut today but I have my team working to get answers about what happened here. Link to quoted tweet

Meeks (D-NY-5) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @SpeakerPelosi – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Castro (D-TX-20) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @collinsdyl – “Horrible scenes in #Jerusalem as Israeli security forces beat mourners carrying the casket of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Link to video”[also re-tweeted Barak Ravid Tweet – “BREAKING: U.S. officials conveyed to the Israeli government a protest about the actions of the Israeli police during the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh, U.S. & Israeli sources tell me. The sources said there is anger and frustration among Biden administration official over this”

Deutch (D-FL-22) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Today Shireen Abu Akleh is being laid to rest. Journalists must be protected from conflict. I join the US and Israel in calling for a full investigation into her tragic death. Link to quoted tweet

Bush (D-MO-1) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “The Israeli military killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is devastating and infuriating. I condemn this unacceptable attack on her, on Palestinians and the freedom and safety of journalists everywhere. There must be accountability, and we must demand an end to Israeli apartheid. Link to quoted tweet

Auchincloss (D-MA-4) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @SpeakerPelosi – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Beyer (D-VA-8) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @StateDeptSpox – “We are heartbroken by and strongly condemn the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank. The investigation must be immediate and thorough and those responsible must be held accountable. Her death is an affront to media freedom everywhere.”

Cardin (D-MD) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I was disturbed to learn of the killing of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank earlier today. No journalist should be killed while simply doing their job. Link to image

Carson (D-IN-7) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I join countless others in mourning the death of @AlJazeera journalist, #ShireenAbuAkleh, who was killed by Israeli military while on assignment. The U.S. must hold the Israeli government accountable for this and all other acts of unjust violence it commits.

Clarke (D-NY-9) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Some of them call New York’s 9th District home. This tragedy is yet another reason why we need a path to a two-state solution in the region. Shireen Abu Akleh, journalist killed in the West Bank, was ‘the voice of Palestinian suffering’ – CNN

Dingell (D-MI-12) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is horrifying & heartbreaking. Freedom of the press is paramount in any democracy. I join the Admin in calling for a thorough investigation to hold those responsible to account. Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… |

García (D-IL-4) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Journalists should never be the target of violence with government impunity. Allegations that the IDF killed a journalist need to be taken seriously and investigated fully. Link to quoted tweet

Grijalva (D-AZ-3) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @UNHumanRights – “We are appalled at the killing of journalist #ShireenAbuAkleh while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin, #Palestine. Our Office is on the ground verifying the facts. We urge an independent, transparent investigation into her killing. Impunity must end. Link to image

Khanna (D-CA-17) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is devastating and a blatant assault on the freedom of the press. My condolences are with her family and loved ones. Those responsible must be held accountable.”

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “We rely on journalists being able to do their jobs safely and freely, especially on the frontlines of conflict. I’m horrified that Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot on the job covering a raid while clearly identifiable as press. (1/3) Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… | There must be a thorough investigation of the killing of Abu Akleh and an international commitment to accountability for the loss of a journalist known for bravery and accurate reporting. (2/3) Globally, in places as diverse as Palestine, Mexico and Russia, the international community must come together to defend the rights of the free press. (3/3)

Newman (D-IL-3) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “I am extremely concerned by reports that Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed by Israeli forces while wearing a press vest and reporting in the West Bank. We must protect the press and hold those accountable for this heinous crime. Veteran Al Jazeera journalist shot and killed by Israeli forces, according to journalists on scene… |

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “She was killed by the Israeli military, after making her presence as a journalist clearly known. We provide Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid annually with no restrictions. What will it take for accountability for these human rights violations? Link to quoted tweet This is happening as Israel razed the homes of 40 Palestinians yesterday, leaving them homeless. And as they plan to evict 1,000 from the West Bank—the largest mass expulsion since 1967. Again I ask: what will it take for real accountability? Israel resumes demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem as Ramadan ends – Middle East News –

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “Thank you to the @washingtonpost for talking to the witnesses of the shooting, instead of just reporting the disproven official narrative as fact. And for fact checking the video released by the Israeli government. May truth and justice prevail, always. Al Jazeera journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces in West Bank, network says… |   Link to reply @_Mark_zaks @washingtonpost The article literally says this video doesn’t match the scene of her murder. Please don’t spread propaganda. Follow the facts and eyewitness accounts. Link to image

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @borzou – “Israeli human rights group uses geolocation to refute Israeli allegation that Palestinian gunmen shot Shireen Abu Akleh Link to quoted tweet

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @mehdirhasan – ““Shireen’s producer told Al Jazeera they identified themselves to the Israelis as press & that the Israelis shot at them without asking them to leave or stop filming.” My commentary tonight on the killing of Al Jazeera journalist @ShireenNasri in Jenin: Link to video

Omar (D-MN-5) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @AymanM – “My tribute and commentary about the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the pursuit of accountability and Justice for Palestinians. Link to quoted tweet

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an horrific tragedy. A thorough, objective investigation is needed now. Congress is committed to the defense of press freedoms worldwide and protection of every journalist, particularly those in conflict zones.

Murphy (D-CT) 5/11/2022: Press release – “Veteran American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was simply doing her job when she was shot and killed early this morning. Her heartbreaking death should be considered an attack on freedom of the press everywhere. There must be a thorough investigation and full accountability for those responsible.”

Pocan (D-WI-2) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The US government’s condemnation of the killing of an American journalist is a welcome reaction to an untenable situation in Israel and Palestine. Restrictions on aid may be necessary if human rights and universally acceptable norms can’t be followed. White House Condemns Killing of Al Jazeera Reporter… |

Schiff (D-CA-28) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Deeply saddened to learn Shireen Abu Akleh – a Palestinian-American reporter – was killed. I’m praying for her family, her colleague, Ali Al-Samudi, and all members of the press who risk their lives doing their jobs. A thorough investigation is needed to ensure accountability.” Also see Schiff press release.

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @ZainabFattah – “Congresswoman @RepRashida led a moment of silence for #ShireenAbuAkleh Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Palestinians are not disposable. Link to quoted tweet

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @IlhanMN – “She was killed by the Israeli military, after making her presence as a journalist clearly known. We provide Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid annually with no restrictions. What will it take for accountability for these human rights violations? Link to quoted tweet

Van Hollen (D-MD) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “.@SpeakerPelosi is right. Anyone who believes in press freedom and justice should call for a thorough and independent investigation into the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Link to quoted tweet


Israel – terror attack

Long (R-MO-7) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “Where were the media and human rights organizations when 19 human beings were murdered in Israel? Their double standards and hypocrisy have no limits. Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/08/2022: In reply to Tweet@attyjpiv @AIPAC Israel and its citizens are a number one target of terrorists. I’ll stand with Israel and it’s defense needs.”

Hoyer (D-MD-5) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Devastated to hear of the terrorist attack that occurred in Elad during #YomHaatzmaut & I am keeping Israel & the victims’ families in my thoughts. This is the latest in a series of horrific attacks targeting Israeli communities, which must be stopped. 5 injured in attack reported in Elad in central Israel… |

Lankford (R-OK) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Praying for Israel following a terrible attack in Elad. Israel is an American ally & friend who is working toward peace. We must continue to stand with them against terrorism. Suspected Terrorist Attack in Israel Kills at Least Three on Independence Day… |” Also on GETTR

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Israelis celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, their Independence Day, suffered a deadly, horrifying attack in Elad. We must do everything we can to end this cycle of tragic violence. I will continue to push for a sustainable solution rooted in peace and justice.”

Long (R-MO-7) 05/06/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “A 6-year-old boy buries his father, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists on Israel’s Independence Day. Pray for this boy and his family. #Israel Link to image

Ryan (D-OH-13) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “I’m holding the victims of this horrific terrorist attack close to my heart and praying for the entire Israeli community today. Three people killed in attack near Tel Aviv, Israeli medics say… |


Israel – General

Van Duyne (R-TX-24) 05/12/2022: Twitter thread – “I had the chance to speak to the Jewish Federation this morning to share with them my resolution condemning antisemitism and our Congressional delegation trip to Israel earlier this year. Link to image   Link to reply @DemocatJorge I don’t consider taking the life of innocent and unprotected children “religious freedom.””

Pallone (D-NJ-6) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Had a good meeting with the Jewish Federation of New Jersey today. We discussed the need to address rising antisemetism, strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, and support the Nonprofit Security Grant Program that protects houses of worship in Central Jersey. Link to image

Malliotakis (R-NY-11) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Great to be with @AmbHerzog celebrating Israel’s 74th Anniversary of Independence! Link to image

Carey (R-OH-15) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “It was great to celebrate Israel’s 74th Birthday last night. Thank you @IsraelinUSA for the invitation #Israel749 Link to image

Wagner (R-MO-2) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “I joined my Abraham Accords Caucus co-chairs and some of our counterparts in the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, for a meeting with the Abraham Accords Peace Institute. Link to image We discussed our shared goals to expand the impact of the historic Abraham Accords and continue to strengthen relationships and promote peace in the region.”

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Nowhere in America is antisemitism more of a violent, growing problem than NY. This raw hate needs to be identified, confronted, & crushed. We must immediately reclaim our streets from criminals & put law-abiding NYers & police back in charge again. ‘Free Palestine’: Yeshiva Student Assaulted in Third Antisemitic Attack in Brooklyn In Five Days… |

Scott (R-FL) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “.@amnesty continues to use its platform to perpetuate anti-Semitic propaganda attacking Israel. This is exactly why the Senate must pass my & @SenatorBraun’s bill to prohibit federal funding & relief programs from going to this sham of a “human rights” organization. Link to quoted tweet

Armstrong (R-ND-0) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “Last week, I joined a congressional delegation to one of our closest friends and partners, Israel. I am proud to support Israel’s right to defend itself and I appreciate the commitment of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to strengthening the security of both of our nations. Link to image The United States is a beacon of hope for people fighting for freedom around the world. It is important we have a strong relationship with our democratic ally in the Middle East.

Miller-Meeks (R-IA-2) 05/10/2022: Retweet of @YinamCohen – “It was an honor to host Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks @RepMMM for our celebration of Israel’s 74th Independence Day last evening in Chicago . Thank you for your strong support in the US-IL bond! I look forward to meeting you in Iowa. Link to image

Long (R-MO-7) 05/09/2022: Retweet of @HananyaNaftali – “Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, was spotted at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. They will hold a concert in Tel Aviv tomorrow. Super exciting! Link to image

Bacon (R-NE-2) 05/07/2022: Twitter thread – “District Director James Wright joined the Combat Antisemitism Movement in Lincoln as the State and Nation recognize Jewish Heritage Month. Link to image   Link to reply @attyjpiv I like @AIPAC… Israel is our friend.”

Scott (R-SC) 05/07/2022: Tweet – “Antisemitism is running rampant on our college campuses. Now, more than ever, we must stand proudly with our friend and oldest ally, Israel. Harvard student paper ‘proudly’ endorses BDS movement, says it rejects antisemitism… |


Israel/Palestine – General

Schakowsky (D-IL) 5/12/22: Floor statement – Honoring Hands of Peace

McCollum (D-MN-4) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Shocking to learn that Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51-year old U.S. citizen, was shot in the face and killed while reporting in the occupied West Bank. This must be condemned and investigated, and there must be accountability. Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera Is Killed in West Bank – The New York Times

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “When will the world and those who stand by Apartheid Israel that continues to murder, torture and commit war crimes finally say: “Enough”? Shireen Abu Akleh was murdered by a government that receives unconditional funding by our country with zero accountability. Link to quoted tweet @POTUS: An American journalist clearly marked with press credentials was murdered. Doing and saying nothing just enables more killings. Whether you’re Palestinian, American, or not, being killed with U.S. funding must stop. What @POTUS said at WHCD: “We honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained, and tortured; covering war, exposing corruption, and holding leaders accountable. The free press is not the enemy of the people — far from it.  At your best, you’re guardians of the truth.

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @LinahAlsaafin – “My god. What news to wake up to. Veteren Al Jazeera Arabic reporter @ShireenNasri has been killed by Israeli forces while covering a raid into Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. We grew up watching Shireen on TV. Total shock. Link to image

Dingell (D-MI-12) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “I strongly oppose the planned expansion of Israeli settlements, which further undermines prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. These actions will inflame regional tensions and erode the trust necessary for a lasting peace. Israel to approve 4,000 new housing units for Jewish settlers in occupied West Bank… |

Levin (D-MI-9) 05/06/2022: Twitter thread – “This ruling essentially permits one of the largest forced displacements of Palestinians since 1967. This is an egregious violation of Palestinian human rights. (1/2) Israeli court rules to evict about 1,000 Palestinians from area of West Bank… | I urge the Biden administration to ensure no U.S. aid is used to carry out this outrageous action, in accordance with U.S. law. (2/2)” Retweeted by Omar (D-MN-5)

Tlaib (D-MI-13) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Folks love to say that the oppression of Palestinians is complicated- it isn’t. This is an illegal military occupation court forcibly evicting 1000 Palestinians to steal their land and change the ethnic make up of the region. This is a war crime. Link to quoted tweet



Omar (D-MN-5) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “More than 90 percent of Syrians live in poverty. Half have been displaced by the Syrian War. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made the humanitarian situation worse. Syrian refugees and all displaced people need our support! Donors urged to dig deep as Ukraine war hits Syria hard… |

Deutch (D-FL-22) 05/10/2022: Twitter thread – “I urge the US & int’l community to pledge generously at the high-level donor conference for the people of Syria. We must remain committed to the Syrian people across the region & maintain support for a comprehensive & credible political solution consistent w/ UNSCR 2245. (1/3) We must not forget about the atrocities committed in Syria & the continued hardship of its people. We must continue to reject calls to normalize the Assad regime that murdered over 500,000 people and used chemical weapons against the Syrian people at least 50 times. (2/3) After 11 years of war, 12 million Syrians are currently displaced & 14.6 million people need humanitarian assistance. We must act together to alleviate these peoples’ suffering. (3/3)

Crow (D-CO-6) 05/08/2022: Tweet – “This reporting reinforced the need for accountability for military operations. We can & must do better. @ewarren, @RoKhanna, @SaraJacobsCA, @Malinowski, & I just introduced legislation to ensure more transparency at @DeptofDefense around civilian deaths in US military operations Link to quoted tweet

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/08/2022: GETTR – “Mexican cartels have killed more Americans than Syria and we bombed them.



Lowenthal (D-CA-47) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Iran cannot get nuclear weapons. Rejoining the JCPOA is still our best option, and it is time to speak out clearly. My op ed: Biden is working to stop Iran’s nuclear program — it’s time for Democrats to get behind him… |” Re-tweeted by Beyer (D-VA-8)

Murphy (D-CT) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Thanks ⁦@RepLowenthal⁩ this is a great piece. Biden is working to stop Iran’s nuclear program — it’s time for Democrats to get behind him | The Hill

Murphy (D-CT) 05/13/2022: Retweet of @IranIntl_En – ““This is a brutal regime; it’s a democracy in name only. We’ll continue to raise significant concerns about their internal behavior & even if we return to JCPOA, we’re not going to lift bans related to internal human rights violations,” Senator @ChrisMurphyCT told @IranIntl_En. Link to video

Tenney (R-NY-22) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Iranian officials & orgs like the IRGC that are designated by the US gov’t remain on Twitter, while others like Pres Trump are banned. I led a letter calling on @elonmusk to ensure Twitter complies w/ US law, while restoring it as a platform that protects & champions free speech. Link to image

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @HouseGOP – “READ MORE from @RepLeeZeldin on how Biden must reverse course on his disastrous new Iran nuclear deal “A bad deal is far more dangerous than no deal at all.” Biden willing to enter a nuclear deal with Iran that’s even worse than original 2015 pact… |

Risch (R-ID) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “#Iran’s detention of European nationals ahead of its meeting with @enriquemora_ is outrageous. The #EU must accept that Iran is not a trustworthy interlocutor given its continued aggression. This should be the final nail in the coffin for any bad deal with Iran. Link to quoted tweet

Fulcher (R-ID-1) 05/10/2022: Tweet – “Iran’s increasing use of UAVs, specifically kamikaze drones, is highlighted by Iranian media and become a point of pride for Tehran. With this increase in use, it is vital that these weapons are included in the list of equipment covered under U.S. sanctions policy. Link to image

Hagerty (R-TN) 05/10/2022: Tweet – “From Iran to Russia, to China, and North Korea, our adversaries have been emboldened since President Biden stepped into office and began talks to reenter the disastrous Iran deal. Link to video

McCaul (R-TX-10) 05/10/2022: Retweet of @RepLeeZeldin – ““A bad deal is far more dangerous than no deal at all.” READ my op-ed in @thehill where I break down the Biden Admin’s missteps in their desperate, dangerous attempt to enter a nuclear deal with Iran that’s even worse than the original 2015 agreement. Biden willing to enter a nuclear deal with Iran that’s even worse than original 2015 pact… |

Salazar (R-FL-27) 05/10/2022: Tweet – “This is exactly why we need to pass the INVESTIGAR Act. Venezuela begins imports of Iranian heavy crude for refining -PDVSA documents… |

Schneider (D-IL-10) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “When we see war crimes and acts of genocide by Russia and Vladimir Putin, America must act. The stakes couldn’t be higher: in Ukraine, the world is literally fighting for the future of democracy. If Ukraine can defeat Russia and Putin, citizens of Ukraine and neighboring states will once again feel safe in their homes. But if Russia were to conquer Ukraine, the challenges the world faces not only from Russia, but also from China and Iran will only increase.

Tenney (R-NY-22) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “About to go live with @LibertyIranian to talk about holding the Iranian regime accountable and much more. Tune in below!  Link to quoted tweet

Quigley (D-IL-5) 05/08/2022: Tweet – “Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA in ’18 was a dangerous mistake. When we operate as isolationists, we leave ourselves and our allies vulnerable. The Biden Admin has worked tirelessly to regain international legitimacy & prove to the world that the US is true to its word.

Blackburn (R-TN) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Joe Biden cannot re-enter the Iran nuclear deal. It will send the world a signal that the USA embraces the Iranian regime.”

Cornyn (R-TX) 05/07/2022: Tweet – “Congress fires its first warning shot on Biden’s Iran deal Congress fires its first warning shot on Biden’s Iran deal – POLITICO via @politico

Cruz (R-TX) 05/07/2022: Tweet – “.@realDailyWire : Cruz: Biden Admin Has ‘Secret Assessment’ Of Iran’s Nuclear Program That They Are Hiding From Public Cruz: Biden Admin Has ‘Secret Assessment’ Of Iran’s Nuclear Program That They Are Hiding From Public | The Daily Wire

Salazar (R-FL-27) 05/06/2022: Retweet of @RepJenniffer – “#ICYMI I support @RepMariaSalazar’s INVESTIGAR Act that will give us visibility into the dangers that can be caused by any Iran-Venezuela nuclear & energy deal & how it could benefit terrorists groups, circumvent US law & promote anti-democratic practices. González Colón joins Salazar in introducing INVESTIGAR Act to investigate Venezuela’s profits from Iran nuclear deal… |

Zeldin (R-NY-1) 05/06/2022: GETTR – “The US Senate just correctly voted to require the Biden Admin, if it enters into a nuclear deal with Iran, to maintain sanctions on the IRGC and address Iran’s rampant support for terrorism. The first Iran Nuclear Deal from 2015 empowered our enemies, endangered our allies and weakened our nation’s standing on the world stage. This new one the Biden Admin is desperately tripping over itself to enter is shaping up to be even worse and must be stopped!



McCaul (R-TX-10) 05/08/2022: Tweet – “LR @RepMcCaul “Sending my condolences to our Egyptian partners after this terrible attack.” Link to quoted tweet



Burchett (R-TN-2) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Honored to co-chair the ⁦@HouseForeign⁩ ⁦@HouseForeignGOP⁩ meeting with the King of Jordan. Thank you ⁦@KingAbdullahII⁩ for the shameless selfie Link to image

Hoyer (D-MD-5) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Honored to join my colleagues for an important meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of @RHCJO earlier today to discuss the important U.S.-Jordanian relationship, our role in the Middle East, and efforts to strengthen ties between our countries. Link to image

Inhofe (R-OK) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to meet with my friend King Abdullah II of Jordan, Crown Prince Hussein, and members of the Jordanian delegation yesterday. I’m grateful for the long partnership between our countries, and look forward to working together to strengthen our defense cooperation. Link to image

Lieu (D-CA-33) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “Honored to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan today. Jordan is an important ally of the United States, and we value the strategic partnership with Jordan. America and Jordan cooperate together on shared regional challenges, and work together to advance peace in the Middle East. Link to image   Link to reply @valeriestone This is not a picture of the full table. There were multiple women at the table.

Meeks (D-NY-5) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: Pleased to host @KingAbdullahII today with @HouseForeign colleagues. We discussed the important US-Jordanian bilateral relationship, our cooperation on shared regional challenges, and our mutual desire to promote peace and prosperity across the Middle East. Link to image

Pelosi (D-CA-12) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “Join me live as I welcome His Majesty @KingAbdullahII, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States Capitol. Nancy Pelosi… |

Sherman (D-CA-30) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “It was a pleasure to meet once again with Jordan’s @KingAbdullahII & discuss new possibilities for the longstanding friendship between the U.S. and the Hashemite Kingdom. Link to image

Turner (R-OH-10) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “I was honored to meet with his Majesty @KingAbdullahII today and discuss U.S. relations with Jordan. It is vital we grow this partnership to strengthen relations with our allies in the Middle East for generations to come. Link to image

Portman (R-OH) 05/10/2022: Tweet – “I was pleased to meet with @KingAbdullahII today. Jordan is a key ally of the United States in the Middle East and a partner on issues like counterterrorism and addressing Iranian aggression. The U.S. and Jordan must work together to pursue peace and stability in the Middle East. Link to image

Menendez (D-NJ) 05/10/2022: Retweet of @RHCJO – “His Majesty King Abdullah II, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein, meets with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee #JORoyalVisit #Jordan #USA Link to image


United Arab Emirates

Blackburn (R-TN) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “For the NBA, profit is always their guiding principle. NBA To Stage Games In United Arab Emirates, Where Homosexuality Punishable By Death… |


Saudi Arabia

Connolly (D-VA-11) 05/13/2022: Tweet – “Missing a putt to the left is a “mistake we can learn from.” Murdering and dismembering a respected journalist, my constituent, is a deliberate, heinous crime. It should be met with consequences, not an invite to play 18. Greg Norman downplays Saudis’ killing of Jamal Khashoggi, draws criticism – The Washington Post

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @weartv – “Rep. Matt Gaetz says the Chief of Naval Operations “offered his full cooperation” to provide critical documents related to a lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the NAS Pensacola terror attack. Gaetz asks Navy to provide documents in lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over terror attack… |

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Very important issue here for Northwest Florida Gaetz asks Navy to provide documents in lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over terror attack… |

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @weartv – “Rep. Matt Gaetz says the Chief of Naval Operations “offered his full cooperation” to provide critical documents related to a lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the NAS Pensacola terror attack. Gaetz asks Navy to provide documents in lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over terror attack… |

Grassley (R-IA) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “Americans are outraged by climbing ga$ price$ & yet 2day Pres Biden continues to tank America’s energy independence by canceling 3 offshore oil leases This is so outrageous why go to Saudi Arabia & Venezuela?? Use our own oil made in USA

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “The government of Saudi Arabia has staunchly claimed to be innocent and unattached to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The truth cannot hide forever. If U.S. intelligence agencies continue to unseal existing evidence of the Saudi 9/11 connection, the American public will get answers. Link to video” Also on GETTR

Meijer (R-MI-3) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “Absolute idiocy. The immediate alternative to US oil and gas production isn’t renewables- it’s Saudi, Venezuelan, and other foreign oil/gas E&P that emits way more greenhouse gas-trapping methane & sends profits oversees. (PS- @POTUS still keeping solar more expense w/ tariffs) Link to quoted tweet   Link to reply @VLife08 @POTUS sorry- exploration and production (drilling)”

Murphy (D-CT) 05/11/2022: Tweet – “um ‘We’ve all made mistakes’ – Greg Norman’s gaffe over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Sport | The Times

Murphy (D-CT) 05/12/2022: Retweet of @PeteAbe – “The Saudis killed Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist critical of their regime, and chopped up his body. But as Greg Norman says, “We’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes ” What’s gotten into these greedy golfers?”

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/07/2022: Tweet – “Yeah. He got us into war by falsely blaming Iraq for 9-11. Turns out it was Saudi Arabia the whole time. Link to quoted tweet

Gaetz (R-FL-1) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Told you so. I said it all here: Episode 8: Criminal Consulates – Firebrand with Matt Gaetz |   Link to quoted tweet



Pallone (D-NJ-6) 05/11/2022: Twitter thread – “I strongly condemn the proposed weapons sale to Turkey. The United States must not reward Turkey with new weapons and military equipment given the Erdogan regime’s long record of human rights abuses, destabilizing actions, and failure to live up to NATO commitments. In recent months, President Erdogan has made meager overtures to get back in our good graces. The U.S. cannot falsely assume that this sale will incentivize Erdogan to halt his deadly actions and change his diplomacy. This sale will only embolden him and give him the resources to continue his war mongering initiatives in the Caucasus and beyond. I cannot support any Congressional action that would help Turkey increase its military arsenal.

Sessions (R-TX-17) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @volkan_bozkir – “During our visit to the US Congress, we met today with @RepMikeTurner , @RepTenney @PeteSessions , @RepDonBacon & Senator @SenBlumenthal in WashingtonDC. We discussed the latest situation in Ukraine & in our region & Turkish- US political, economic and military relations. Link to image

Crow (D-CO-6) 05/09/2022: Tweet – “Had a productive meeting with the Turkish Ambassador. We discussed our strong NATO partnership, the need to respect civil society & rule-of-law, and our ongoing mutual support for Ukraine as they fight for their democracy. Link to quoted tweet

Young (R-IN) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Met with the Turkish Ambassador @HMuratMercan to discuss NATO’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the enduring threat posed by Iran. Link to image

Cramer (R-ND) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “Wrote an op-ed about the lessons learned from Turkish-American NBA star and freedom advocate @EnesFreedom’s visit to Bismarck last month. His message is one we all need to hear: freedom isn’t free. What I’ve learned from Enes Freedom… |



Price (D-NC-4) 05/06/2022: Tweet – “ICYMI: At last week’s State and Foreign Ops @AppropsDems hearing, I asked @SecBlinken how the @StateDept plans to support democracy in Tunisia during the ongoing political crisis. Watch our exchange here: Link to video



Meeks (D-NY-5) 05/12/2022: Tweet – “CM @RepGregoryMeeks: The number of Yemeni civilians killed & injured has dropped by more than 50% since the start of the truce. I call on all parties to extend the truce & double down on efforts toward a political settlement to end this catastrophic war. Yemen: Civilian casualties halved since the start of the truce | NRC

Tlaib (D-MI) 5/11/22: Floor statement – Yemen War and a War Powers Resolution

Coons (D-DE) 05/11/2022: Retweet of @SteveTaravella – “What can the US do to help address suffering from hunger globally, @ChrisCoons asked at today’s Senate Appropriations hearing. “Get the money out the door as fast as you can – the house is on fire,” replied @WFPChief Beasley, noting @WFP has already cut rations to many in #Yemen. Link to image