Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, stepped up her criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of an escalating military conflict between Israel and Hamas militants on Thursday, comparing conditions faced by Palestinians in the region to conditions experienced by migrant children in the southern border.
In a speech to the House, the Democrat argued that the country “must recognize its role in injustice and human rights violations” and address the “imbalance of power” between Israel and the Palestinians. Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the progressive “brigade” of Democratic lawmakers accused Biden of ignoring human rights violations while supporting Israel.
“We have to have the courage to name our contributions and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the reason why we don’t do this, if we are afraid to resist the incarceration of children in Palestine, is it? is because maybe it’s ‘I’m going to force us to face incarceration here at our border,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. “Yes, defending injustices there will make us stand up to injustices here.”
Fighting began earlier this week as Hamas militants launched rocket attacks towards Jerusalem, prompting retaliatory strikes from the IDF. The conflict escalated in the days that followed despite calls from the international community for a de-escalation of violence.
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Biden reaffirmed U.S. support for Israel in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week. At a subsequent press conference, Biden said Israel had “the right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying in your territory.”
The president’s remarks drew fierce criticism from Ocasio-Cortez, who said Biden had “sided with the occupation.”
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Ocasio-Cortez again referred to Biden’s comments during his speech.
“The president and many other prominent figures said this week that Israel has the right to self-defense and that is a sentiment that reverberates throughout this body. But do the Palestinians have the right to survive? that and if so, we have a responsibility in that as well, ”she said.
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