Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting President Biden over his comments supporting Israel and accusing him of taking “the side of occupation” — as tensions in the region reignite, with the Israel Defense Forces responding to Palestinian militants showering rockets over Israeli cities.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made the remarks Wednesday on Twitter, responding to the 46th commander-in-chief saying earlier that day that Israel “has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm US support for Israel.
“I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not so long ago,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later. But Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
“Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa — dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations,” AOC wrote on the social media platform, adding, “It’s wrong.”
In a follow-up tweet, the progressive pol conceded that Hamas’ behavior was “condemnable.”
“By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions — which are condemnable — & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.
“This is not neutral language. It takes a side — the side of occupation.”
Tel Aviv came under a barrage of 130 rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blared across Israel’s second-largest city.
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system was activated Tuesday night, with the streaks of multiple interceptor missiles lighting up the skies over the area.
The heavy bombardment came after an Israeli strike earlier Tuesday evening that leveled a high-rise building in Gaza that housed the offices of several top Hamas officials. That strike had come in retaliation for earlier Hamas aggression.
Both sides had been…
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