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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew backlash on Sunday after objecting to a news site describing her recent criticism of Israel as an “outbreak”.
“AOC calls Israel ‘apartheid state’ in Twitter outbreak over Gaza attacks,” read the headline of an article in the New York Daily News published by MSN.com.
The New York Democrat suggested that sexism may have played a role in the choice of words.
“Are the well-researched and painstaking conclusions of the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem (among the largest human rights organizations in the world and in Israel) considered” outbreaks “?” Asked Ocasio-Cortez.
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“Or is that just a descriptor MSN reserves for the female lawmakers they cite?”
One of the respondents to Ocasio-Cortez’s complaint was Hillel Neuer, who heads UN Watch, a monitoring group that focuses on United Nations actions.
Neuer had problems with Ocasio-Cortez quoting the United Nations report.
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“Congressmen, this UN report accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’ was written by 9/11 conspiracy theorist Richard Falk, who was denounced for anti-Semitism by his own UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the UK, and Commissioned by Syria, Libya, and 18 other Arab states. #factsmatter. “
“Apartheid states are not democracies,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday as the violence between Israel and the Palestinians continued.
The Congresswoman also retweeted a video in which MSNBC commentator Ali Velshi said, “The idea that it is even remotely controversial to call what Israel has imposed on the Palestinians as a form of apartheid is ridiculous. “
Ocasio-Cortez was also criticized by others for her “apartheid” status.
“Every single democrat elected in Congress should have to respond if he agrees with Ocasio-Cortez that Israel is an apartheid state,” wrote Meghan McCain, co-host of “View”, on Sunday.
McCain also posted a video clip of an appearance by Ocasio-Cortez on the PBS program “Firing Line” in which the Congresswoman claimed she was “not the expert” on geopolitics in response to a question about what she “called the cast.” Palestine “had called. “
Fred Guttenberg, father of a student killed in the Parkland, Florida massacre in 2018, also opposed the Democrat’s description of Israel.
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“I have often defended you from republican attacks,” wrote Guttenberg. “Be ashamed, however. You are wrong, showing either a lack of understanding or something more intentional about anti-Semitism.”
Recent messages from Ocasio-Cortez and other members of The Squad or Progressive Democrats regarding Israel have been criticized by Republicans and pro-Israel groups.