The conflict between Israel and Hamas appears to be tearing the American hard left apart amid differing reactions to a deadly Hamas attack on Israel that took place on October 7.
Some progressives have sharply criticized Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for the group’s statement about the attacks, which it blamed on “Israel’s apartheid regime,” while some high-profile left-wing House Democrats have criticized President Joe Biden for his approach to the situation.
Political scientists suggest that the divisions on the left were a result of long-term differences on the issues involved, and those differences could pose a problem for Biden and the Democrats.
On October 7, Hamas led the deadliest Palestinian militant attack on Israel in history. Israel subsequently launched its heaviest-ever airstrikes on Gaza. As of Monday, at least 1,400 Israelis and at least 4,300 Palestinians have been killed, according to the Associated Press. Nearly 200 people were taken hostage in the October 7 attack.
On the same day, DSA posted about the attack on X, formerly Twitter, saying the group “is steadfast in expressing our solidarity with Palestine.”
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