Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting President Biden over his supportive comments of Israel and accusing him of taking “the facet of occupation — as tensions within the area reignite with Defense Forces responding to Palestinian militants showering rockets over Israeli cities.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made the remarks Wednesday on Twitter, responding to the forty sixth commander-in-chief saying earlier that day that Israel “has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm US support for Israel.
“I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not so long ago,” Biden instructed reporters on the White House.
“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later. But Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
“Blanket statements like these w/ [sic] little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa — dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations,” AOC wrote on the social media platform, including, “It’s wrong.”
In a follow-up tweet, the progressive pol conceded that Hamas’ conduct was “condemnable.”
“By solely stepping in to call Hamas’ actions — that are condemnable — & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false concept that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.
“This is not neutral language. It takes a side — the side of occupation.”
Tel Aviv got here beneath a barrage of 130 rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blared throughout Israel’s second-largest metropolis.
Israel’s Iron Dome protection methods have been activated Tuesday night time, with the streaks of a number of interceptor missiles lighting up the skies over the realm.
The heavy bombardment got here after an Israeli strike earlier on Tuesday night that leveled a high-rise constructing in Gaza, which housed the places of work of a number of prime Hamas officers. That strike had are available retaliation for earlier Hamas aggression.
Both sides had been firing at one another all through the day, in a few of the worst preventing between Israel and the phobia group since their 2014 battle.
As of Thursday, no less than 83 individuals have been killed in Gaza for the reason that hostilities erupted Monday. About 400 Palestinians have been injured.
On the Israeli facet, seven individuals have been killed, together with a 21-year-old soldier.
In complete, greater than 1,600 rockets have been fired at Israel since Monday, with 400 falling brief, in keeping with the newest figures from the Israeli Defense Forces.
Members of AOC’s progressive “Squad” have come out in current days to accuse Israel of “terrorism” and calling for a shift in US coverage towards the Jewish state.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) blasted Israel for committing an “act of terrorism” by launching air strikes into the Gaza Strip after Hamas and different Islamic jihadist militants bombarded a number of places in Israel with rockets.
“Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid,” she tweeted on Monday.
Omar’s tweet got here shortly after the The Gaza Ministry of Health introduced the airstrikes led to twenty fatalities — with Israel saying no less than 16 have been militants, according to ABC News.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who’s of Palestinian descent, referred to as on Congress to “condition the aid we send to Israel, and end it altogether if those conditions are not followed.”
“American taxpayer money is being used to commit human rights violations. Congress must condition the aid we send to Israel, and end it altogether if those conditions are not followed. Statements aren’t working @SecBlinken. Enough is enough,” she tweeted.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) chimed in, saying her help for Palestinians and jabbing Israel amid the strain.
“I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem who are being forcibly removed from their homes — in the middle of a pandemic, during Ramadan. This is unacceptable,” the Massachusetts pol wrote.
Rep. Ocasio Cortez took to Twitter as effectively to echo the sentiment, and blast “inhumane” Israel for “inflicting violence.”
“We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence. It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians,” AOC wrote.
With Post Wires