Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and other members of the left-wing “Squad” members are facing backlash for their controversial anti-Israel tweets amid intensifying violence between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas this week.
Republican and Democrat lawmakers, as well as pro-Israel groups, are pushing back against remarks by the progressive group that appeared to blame Israel, rather than Hamas terrorists, for the violence.
According to Israeli Defense Forces Lt. Colonel Jonathan Conricus, over 1,100 rockets were launched by Hamas into Israel over the last few days. Israeli counteroffensives targeted Hamas and the Islamic Jihad military complexes in Gaza.
Blanket statements like these w/ 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. It’s wrong. https://t.co/afCgoGdiMG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2021
President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to reaffirm U.S. support for Israel amid the deadly conflict.