- Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been repeatedly attacked for her anti-Israel stances.
- Ocasio-Cortez calls Palestines actions criminal and inhumane.
- The growing presence of anti-Zionism in the Democratic Party is concerning.
Democratic-socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to controversy, especially regarding her anti-Israel stances. She’s been criticized for supporting sanctions against Israel, aligning herself with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both of whom have been condemned for their anti-semantic comments, and most recently for her anti-Israel statements on the “Ebro in the Morning” talk show.
While discussing the topic of Israel and Palestine the show’s host, Ebro Darden, made some rather unsavory comments, saying “Now you look around the globe and you have multiple corrupt governments working together — you’ve got Israel, you’ve got America, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got the Saudis, right — all working in concert.” To which Ocasio-Cortez responded, “I agree, I agree with that.” Darden went on to say, “How do you have white supremacist Jews? How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish? And it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing. And what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very, very, deep, it is very, very, criminal, and it is very, very unjust.” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez again agreed with Darden’s comments, replying “absolutely.”
Ocasio-Cortez also made statements saying that the Palestinians have no choice but to riot on account of the repeated abuses by the Israeli government, “I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized — once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right?” Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez also asserted that Israel is violating the human rights of the Palestinians, occupying Palestine, and acting criminally towards Palestine.
Although the vast majority of the House voted in favor of a resolution opposing the boycott of Israel that Ocasio-Cortez supported, sixteen Democrats voted against the resolution. The growing presence of anti-Zionism in the Democratic party is alarming. Israel is a close US ally that is constantly threatened by their neighboring countries and terrorist groups alike. Israel was created as a refuge for the Jewish people in the wake of the Holocaust and has since become a strong and prosperous country. The Trump administration has made continual efforts to further strengthen our ties with Israel, including recognizing Jerusalem as the true Israeli capital. However some in Congress wish to weaken these ties at a time when they are so very much needed.