Washington, DC – Freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) said some marginalized communities have been deprived of resources to a point where they have “no choice but to riot.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the comments on Tuesday during an interview on hip hop morning show “Ebro in the Morning” on WQHT, CBS News reported.
“I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized — once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right? And it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said.
The show’s host said that the “corrupt” governments of Israel, the United States, Russia, and Saudi Arabia were “all working in concert.” FOX News reported.
“How do you have white supremacist Jews?” host Ebro Darden asked Ocasio-Cortez. “How do you have people like Stephen Miller? How do you have these individuals who are legit aligning with racism and white supremacy, but they’re Jewish? And it’s something that most people can’t wrap their brains around. But it’s a real thing.”
Then she accused those countries of criminal behavior, FOX News reported.
“And what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very, very, deep, it is very, very, criminal, and it is very, very unjust,” Ebro said.
Instead of defending the country’s actions, the controversial new congresswoman agreed with the host’s characterization, according to FOX News.
“I’m not even talking about Palestinians,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’m talking about communities in poverty in the United States, I’m talking about Latin America, I’m talking about all over the world.”
“We experienced times like that in our history in this country,” she said and referenced the Bronx riots in the 1960s. “Social destabilization is what happens when people do not have a plan or feel like there’s no vision for their future.”
Then the congresswoman, who supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, complained that she has been unfairly accused of anti-Semitism by conservatives.
“The same way that me criticizing Trump doesn’t make me anti-American, criticizing the occupation doesn’t make you anti-Israel,” Ocasio-Cortez asserted. “It doesn’t mean that you are against the existence of a nation. It means that you believe in human rights, and it’s about making sure that Palestinian human rights are equal to Israeli human rights, and there are a lot of troubling things happening there.”
She said that Palestinians have no other option but to turn to violence because they have been “marginalized,” FOX News reported.
“Jewish people have been persecuted throughout all of human history, but I don’t think that by marginalizing Palestinians, you create safety,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Her remarks drew censure and condemnation from Jewish organizations who were still reeling after her June comments that likened U.S. border detention facilities to the concentration camps of World War II, the New York Post reported.
“Ocasio-Cortez could be forgiven for being ignorant about history, about Israel, or about the Jewish community, but these comments don’t come from a place of ignorance,” Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks said. “They come from an intolerance of Jews and Israel that is unacceptable in the halls of Congress and in American political discourse.”
The former bartender-turned-legislator agreed with the show’s host that young Jewish people wanted to get rid of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, the New York Post reported.
“I think, too, where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational issue,” Ocasio-Cortez agreed.
She complained that conservatives call people anti-Semitic if they criticize Israel, the New York Post reported.
The Republican Jewish Coalition in Congress has called on Democrats to condemn the remarks by Ocasio-Cortez, but thus far haven’t been satisfied with the results.
“Democrats must speak out against these outrageous comments by a sitting Democratic member of the House,” Brooks said.