Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocaiso-Cortez (D-NY) appeared to justify Palestinian violence against Israel this week during an interview, saying that Palestinians “have no choice but to riot” against Israel.
Ocasio-Cortez made the comments during an appearance on “Ebro in the Morning” with host Ebro Darden, where she made multiple inflammatory remarks about Israel.
Ocasio-Cortez “absolutely” agreed with Darden that Israel was “very, very criminal” and “very, very unjust,” as Darden claimed there are “white supremacist Jews.”
Later in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez justified violence from the Palestinian people against Israel, saying: “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?”
Ocasio-Cortez has made numerous anti-Semitic comments, of late. She recently engaged in Holocaust trivialization when she falsely compared immigrant detetention facilities to “concentration camps,” which some experts even say makes her a “Holocaust denier.”
Ocasio-Cortez also recently opposed a bill that opposed the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) move against Israel, which is intended to destroy the State of Israel.
After she voted against anti-BDS legislation, Ocasio-Cortez said: “And my concern with being overly punitive on nonviolent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving that kind of path.”
Pro-Israel activist Noah Pollak weighed in Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, tweeting: “Let me translate this: AOC just said that a non-binding resolution stating the House’s opposition to the anti-semitic BDS movement will ‘force’ people into terrorism. Among other things a stunning indictment of the anti-Israel movement — a Kinsleyan gaffe.”
The 29-year-old former bartender has a history of making controversial comments about Israel, dating all the way back to the start of her political career, when she claimed Israel was the occupier of “Palestine.” Ocasio-Cortez has also praised and defended notorious anti-Semites and purveyors of anti-Semitism, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, and far-left activist Linda Sarsour.