Ocasio-Cortez on Israel: Criticizing the Occupation Doesn't Make You anti-Semitic or anti-Israel

'The Right wants to advance this notion that if you engage and critique an Israeli policy you are anti-Semitic,' congresswoman says. 'But it’s the furthest thing from the truth'

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Hot97 discussing Israel and Jews in the U.S.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Hot97 discussing Israel and Jews in the U.S.Credit: Screen grab

Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday, as well as a myriad of other topics, while on New York radio station Hot 97’s morning show “Ebro in the Morning” with Ibrahim "Ebro" Darden.

“How do you have white supremacist Jews?” Ebro asked the congresswoman. “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.”

Read more: California gunman urged Instagram followers to read Neo-Nazi book minutes before killing 3 at festival | Marianne Williamson: 'Moral uprising' only way to defeat Trump's authoritarian hate

The radio host continued, “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.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Impeaching Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Recent Backlash + Breaks Down Her Job

Ocasio-Cortez shot back, “Absolutely,” and added, “I think, too, where we're at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational issue.”

The congresswoman continued, arguing that the Netanyahu administration and the Trump administration are similar in attempting to silence criticism of Israel.

“The Right wants to advance this notion that if you engage and critique an Israeli policy you are anti-Semitic," she said. "But it’s the furthest thing from the truth.”

Read more: America Joins Israel’s Campaign to Smear and Silence Palestinians | Be Even Louder: How American Jews Must Contest Trump’s Explicit, Vicious Racism

“Criticizing the occupation doesn't make you anti-Israel, frankly. It doesn't mean that you are against the existence of a nation,” the congresswoman argues. “It means that you believe in human rights, and it's about making sure that Palestinian human rights are equal to Israeli human rights, and there are a lot of troubling things happening there.”

“Jewish people have been persecuted throughout all of human history, but I don't think that by marginalizing Palestinians, you create safety,” she added.

“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? And it doesn't have to be that way,” she concluded.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott