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Wisconsin Assembly condemns Hamas attack on Israel

By: - October 13, 2023 5:26 am

The Assembly passed a resolution condemning Hamas’ attack on Israel. (Wisconsin Examiner photo)

The Wisconsin Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to pass a resolution condemning Hamas’ deadly attack against Israel. 

Assembly Joint Resolution 82, authored by Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), passed 95-0 in a bipartisan vote. It comes as President Joe Biden denounced the attack and urged Congress to take action to support Israel.

The resolution calls for Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, to cease violent hostilities and return hostages unharmed. 

“The Israeli people have suffered a violent attack, clearly designed to maximize terror and harm to civilians, resulting in the largest mass slaughter of Jews since the Holocaust,” the resolution states. “This attack is yet another instance of the centuries-long persecution and anti-Semitism that Jewish people have suffered.” 

In the resolution, the Assembly expresses condolences and offers support to all affected families. It states that “Wisconsin stands in solidarity with the Israeli people and reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Israel’s sovereignty and security.” 

“The unprovoked, barbaric attacks by Hamas terrorists on innocent civilians have horrified us all,” Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) said in a statement. “The people of Wisconsin will continue to stand with the people of Israel as they defend themselves against this evil attack.”

Rep. Ryan Clancy (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Darrin Madison (D-Milwaukee), Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee), who were present, did not vote on the resolution. Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) was absent. 

Shortly after Hamas launched its attack on Saturday, Clancy posted a chart on Facebook titled “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The human cost 2008-2023.” The chart, attributed to the news outlet Al Jazeera, stated that there were 6,407 Palestinian deaths and 308 Israeli deaths in the time period, not including those from the recent attacks. 

Clancy, who is a part of the socialist caucus along with Madison, gave the post a one-word caption: “Context.” 

After he made his post, Ann Jacobs, a board member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, posted that she would support a challenger to oust Clancy from his state legislative office. Clancy has defended the post and his views, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they were misconstrued.

“Targeting civilians is always wrong. Always. Whether characterized as terrorism (a violation of domestic policy) or war crimes (a violation of international law) it is always, absolutely, wrong,” Clancy wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter on Thursday. “What we are witnessing now is an ongoing cycle of war crimes in response to war crimes. The cycle must stop. To justify, excuse, support or fund war crimes is wrong and perpetuates that cycle.” 

Madison said in a statement following the vote that he mourns the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives and condemns Hamas’ war crimes, but he abstained from the resolution due to some of the language in the resolution.  

“AJR 82 rightfully included incredibly important language mourning the loss of life of innocent Israeli civilians. I abstained from this resolution not because of that, but because it called for that without also calling for an end to the occupation of Palestine,” Madison said. “I believe that the responsible way out of this crisis is to acknowledge that both Palestine and Israel have the right to self-determination.”

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Baylor Spears
Baylor Spears

Baylor Spears is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner. She’s previously written for the Minnesota Reformer and Washingtonian Magazine. A Tennessee-native, she graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University in June 2022.

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