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‘Vicious Libel’: AOC Blasted After Implying Israel Keeps Palestinian Children In Cages

“Prove it or apologize.”
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Speaking at an Austin Democratic Socialists of America event held in Texas on Sunday, hard-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) implied, as caught on video, that Israel kept Palestinian children in cages, saying, “I don’t believe that a child should be in a cage on our border and I don’t believe a child should be in a cage in the West Bank.”

Ocasio-Cortez was blasted for her false claims involving the Jewish state. The American Jewish Committee responded by tweeting, “@AOC, you know as well as we do that there are no Palestinian children ‘in cages’ in the West Bank. This kind of gross misinformation hurts chances for reasonable discussion and furthers harmful biases. You must apologize for these baseless allegations.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center echoed, “@RepAOC demonizing Jews at a time of raging #Antisemitism in NYC. Throwing children into cages is inhuman and cruel. Prove it or apologize. You are legitimizing hatred against Jewish people everywhere.”

Israel War Room tweeted, “This should go without saying, but Israel does not have children in cages in the West Bank, @AOC. This vicious libel mirrors the libels that have plagued Jewish civilization for centuries.”

United With Israel fired, “Dear @AOC, I also don’t believe that children should be in cages. Please reply with one example of a Palestinian child being held in a cage by the State of Israel. Ever. Looking forward to hearing from you.”

Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner Magazine Seth Mandel blasted, “‘Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond when asked on Monday to provide examples of children being imprisoned in cages in the West Bank.’ Not sure there’s a politician alive today pushing a wider range of blood libels.”

Last Christmas Eve, a staffer for Ocasio-Cortez called Israel “a racist European ethnostate built on stolen land from its indigenous population.” Hussain Altamimi, who began his tenure as a legislative assistant to Ocasio-Cortez in the fall, posted an Instagram story in which he wrote, “Israel is a racist European ethnostate built on stolen land from its indigenous population!” Fox News Digital took a screenshot of the post.

In September, Ocasio-Cortez appeared to cry after the House passed a bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome, which protects the Jewish state from rocket attacks from the terrorist groups Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north.

Ocasio-Cortez did not support funding Iron Dome, which intercepted approximately 90% of the rockets fired out of Gaza in May 2021.

In July 2019 Ocasio-Cortez said that Palestinians “have no choice but to riot” against Israel in an interview on “Ebro in the Morning” with host Ebro Darden. The Daily Wire reported:

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?”

In July 2018, in an interview on PBS’s “Firing Line” with host Margaret Hoover, Ocasio-Cortez called Israel the “occupiers” of “Palestine.”

One critic fired back at her, “Dear @Ocasio2018, Keep my country’s name out of your mouth. Your ignorance re Israel and the Palestinian conflict is not bliss. All you’re doing is inciting against Israelis (Jews), while stuttering to make sense. Stay in your lane, and educate yourself, child.”

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