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Gabrielle M. Etzel, Healthcare Reporter


NextImg:How 'Squad' Democrats and Republican Thomas Massie united for years in Israel opposition


Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has come under sharp criticism in recent weeks after having consistently stepped out of line with the Republican Party on votes condemning antisemitism and supporting Israel since the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

The self-identified libertarian Massie has repeatedly joined with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and other pro-Palestinan members of the so-called "Squad" for years when it comes to Israel.

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In 2019, Massie voted with the Squad in opposing a resolution condemning the anti-Zionist Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to isolate Israel from the international community. Massie was the only Republican among the 17 dissenters in the House.

In 2022, Massie also stood alone in opposition to a House resolution condemning antisemitism that passed with 420 votes.

More recently, Massie has held ranks with progressives on the three most recent bills in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.

On Oct. 25, Massie joined nine Democrats in opposing a resolution condemning Hamas, which passed overwhelmingly by 412 votes. Massie opposed the measure, calling its recommendation of sanctions a "prelude to war."

Massie also voted against condemning support of Hamas and Hezbollah on college campuses on Nov. 2, saying that "free speech means protecting speech you don't like, not just speech you do like."

On the same day, he voted against a $14.3 billion aid package to Israel for its war in Gaza.


"Why does Israel historically get more foreign aid than any other country?" Massie asked in an X post on Thursday. "Because they have the most aggressive lobbyists working for them."

The United Democracy Project, a PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, launched an attack advertisement against Massie, encouraging his constituents to call Massie's office to complain.

"Congress has voted to condemn Hamas and stand with Israel. Every Republican voted to stand with Israel. Every Republican except for one," says the 30-second ad. "It's a disgrace."

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Massie shared the ad and the UDP's petition against him on X, saying that he will stand firm against foreign aid spending.

"I won't vote to give them your $," said Massie on X.