CNN host Dana Bash and progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., engaged in a heated exchange over the perceived lack of widespread condemnation of Hamas’s use of sexual violence against Israeli women during the attacks on October 7.
Bash questioned the silence of many progressive voices on the issue, while Jayapal, a member of the “Squad,” redirected the conversation to Israel’s actions.
Despite Bash’s attempts to focus on Hamas’s treatment of women, Jayapal insisted on discussing Israel, emphasizing the importance of Israel complying with international humanitarian law. Bash pointed out the deflection, stating, “With respect, I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel. I’m asking you about Hamas.”
Jayapal defended her position, arguing for a balanced approach that considers the hardships faced by Palestinians. The discussion highlighted the challenges in addressing specific issues without veering into broader geopolitical debates.
The official UN Women X account faced criticism for its delayed condemnation of the Hamas massacre and the terrorist group’s treatment of women. UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced an investigation into the Hamas attacks and their use of sexual violence against Israeli women.
The delay in addressing these issues raised concerns, with “The View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin calling out international women’s organizations for their silence on the sexual violence against Israeli women.
The debate underscores the complexities surrounding discussions on conflicts in the Middle East and the challenges in addressing specific human rights violations without being drawn into broader political narratives.