Controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) suggested Friday that "Israeli occupation" was to blame after Palestinian terrorists murdered a 17-year-old Jewish girl hiking with her family in the West Bank.
The girl, Rina Shnerb, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated at a popular tourist site outside the West Bank settlement of Dolev. Shnerb was pronounced dead at the scene, while her father and brother sustained life-threatening injuries and were airlifted out of the area.
According to the military, it remains unclear whether the charge was hidden at the site of the explosion or thrown at the family that was hiking there. The army has ruled out the possibility that the charge was hurled out of a moving vehicle and said it appeared the device was home-made.
Defense sources said that the explosive device that was used was large, forceful and required advanced knowledge and skill to assemble. However, it has yet to be determined if the incident is tied to a major organization.
It wasn't immediately clear who exactly carried out the brutal attack, but Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh commended whoever did, calling the actions "heroic," Haaretz reported.
What did Tlaib say?
In response, Tlaib said her "heart goes out to Rina's family," then immediately turned to seemingly blame the attack on "Israeli occupation."
Tlaib was heavily criticized over her response.
One person replied, "This is vile! Have you no shame? How dare you blame the murder of this beautiful teenage Israeli girl #RinaShnerb on the 'occupation'? Can you not just blame the Palestinian terrorists that took her young life? This only underscores Israel was right to deny you entry!"
"You actually blame the victim here. You are a vicious unethical monster," another critic said.