AOC suggests cutting off aid to Israel

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was asked Thursday by a constituent about the United States’ veto of the United Nations ceasefire resolution, suggesting the United States should consider cutting aid to Israel.

The progressive “Squad” Democrats made the comments during a town hall to discuss the Green New Deal.

“I think it’s completely wrong,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the veto. “It was outrageous that we said we would send our top diplomat to veto a cease-fire resolution that basically all other parties agreed to and only one abstained. I think that goes against our values.”

She specifically targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who the left has attacked over his response to the October 7 Hamas attack that killed more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians. There is.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) is calling on President Biden to limit or cut off aid to Israel. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

“We not only advocate for a ceasefire, we believe we must provide at least conditional aid, if not a reduction in aid, to the Netanyahu regime, which has no regard for human life in Gaza,” Ocasio said. he said. – said Cortes.

Her comments drew applause from the audience.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between fighters and civilians, says more than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s response to the invasion.

Progressives have criticized the Biden administration’s continued support for Israel, which has sparked a wave of Muslim Americans to oppose his re-election. President Biden himself has called for restraint, but those to his left argue that is not enough.

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She also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Abil Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Ocasio-Cortez, for example, called on the US to “reduce” aid to Israel “to prevent further loss of life.”

“This is terrible. It is clear that the term ethnic cleansing is being invoked against Palestinians and innocent people,” she said.

Earlier this week, the United States vetoed a UN ceasefire resolution for the third time, saying it could harm ongoing negotiations to free Israeli hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen countries voted in favor of the resolution, with the UK abstaining.

Issues between Israel and America’s Middle East allies have driven a wedge within the Democratic Party, with young leftists calling for a severing of long-standing diplomatic ties over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

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Demonstrators gather for the “If You’re Not Jewish #metoo” protest outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on December 4, 2023. (Charlie Tribaleu/AFP via Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez is among the progressives calling for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a position that puts her at odds with American Jewish groups as well as moderates within her own party.


On Wednesday, she was criticized by a Jewish lobbying group over a social media post that mentioned her and several other MPs with the caption, “Ceasefire allows rapists to stay armed and in power.” There was a conflict with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In Gaza. ”

She said, “It’s horrifying that AIPAC is targeting female congresswomen who survived sexual assault with this horrific rhetoric. Every day, the role of congresswomen in American politics becomes a bigger scandal. It’s the NRA of policy. Of course.” They don’t want a ceasefire. ”



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