Ocasio-Cortez Backstabs America
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent Democrat from New York, has taken a firm stance, alleging that the Biden administration is complicit in “gross human rights violations” in Gaza by providing military aid to Israel in its mission to eradicate terrorists. In a recent tele-town hall, Ocasio-Cortez engaged with constituents on various aspects of the Middle East conflict, responding to a suggestion from one participant who advocated for defunding Israel and redirecting assistance to Gaza.
During the discussion, Ocasio-Cortez underscored the importance of pro-Palestinian activists maintaining pressure on Democratic lawmakers to support a cease-fire. She referenced the Leahy law, a set of statutes that restrict the use of U.S. funds for assistance to foreign security forces involved in credible human rights violations. According to the State Department, this law prevents support to units implicated in “gross violations of human rights.”
The congresswoman emphasized that military aid should not be extended to forces engaged in such violations, insisting that if gross human rights violations are identified, aid must be reconsidered, conditioned, or withdrawn. She specifically mentioned the ongoing situation in Gaza, arguing that the U.S. should not be contributing resources to finance what she deems as “gross human rights violations.”
Ocasio-Cortez also addressed the significance of constituent engagement, noting that a surge in calls and messages from pro-Palestinian activists to pro-Israel Democrats has been instrumental in garnering support for a cease-fire. She highlighted that this activism extends beyond progressive circles, influencing representatives from swing seats to back a cessation of hostilities. Encouraging individuals to voice their concerns through calls and messages, she asserted that such constituent pressure is making a cease-fire a politically viable and normalized position.
However, the congresswoman acknowledged the flip side of such activism, noting heightened security concerns. Instances of vandalism and threatening behavior have been reported, including the defacement of the office of Representative Daniel Goldman, a fellow Democrat from New York, with pro-Palestinian messaging. Additionally, a demonstration outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters grew contentious, with one lawmaker likening it to the violent protest at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. These incidents highlight the complex and polarizing nature of the ongoing discussions surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict within the United States.