Rep. Ellison on violence in Gaza, calls for U.S. to support peace

Rep. Keith Ellison spoke on Al Jazeera yesterday about the continuing violence in the Gaza Strip and the United States' continued support of Israel. 

Ellison says there is a "legitimate Palestinian narrative that the world must hear" and the United States should choose to support peace rather than support a particular side of the fight. 

Watch the full video after the jump (via) and read other responses from the Minnesota delegation.


This interview comes after Ellison's strong statement last Friday on the violence. 

LeRoy Coleman, communications director for Sen. Coleman, said, "While Senator Coleman strongly believes that Israel has a right to defend itself, he calls on both sides to quickly work towards a lasting cease-fire. However, a cease-fire cannot just be a short term opportunity for Hamas to regroup." 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's response, according to Minnesota Independent:
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Women Against Military Madness and the Anti-War Committee launched a protest at Klobuchar's Minneapolis office, along with smaller ones at the offices of Coleman and Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum.
"I am not condemning what Israel has done as you have asked me to do," Klobuchar told them. "We need to work toward a cease-fire and I would like to see a cease-fire in place." 
Rep. Betty McCollum's statement:
The war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip is the final blow to any Middle East peace process. Palestinians are being killed in alarming numbers while Hamas continues to fire rockets at Israel. The time has come for both sides to end the rockets, end the bombings, and end the restrictions on food, medicine and fuel -- all of which inflict intolerable harm on innocent civilians on both sides. The new U.S. president in partnership with European and Arab allies must work to leverage all available diplomatic and political pressure on all parties to end the violence and start a legitimate dialogue about a future path to real peace.